On April 11, 2007, gardenmart from Saugus, MA wrote:
I have been a member of the Arboretum for over 20 years. They have a wonderful education program, a super bonsai collection and a large lilac collection which they celebrate every May with Lilac Sunday. It is an oasis in the city full of fascinating and unusual plants. Worth visit nearly any time of year.
On December 5, 2006, deviant_deziner from Novato, CA wrote:
The Arnold Arboretum is the oldest living collections classroom in the United States.
It was brought to life by some of Boston's most benevolent institutions such as the Massachusetts Horticultural Society along with the trustees of Harvard University in 1872.
The original property of 394 acres was donated to Harvard by Benjamin Bussey in 1892 and was stipulated to be used as a school of agriculture and horticulture.
The Arnold’s first director was Charles Sprague Sargent who reigned over the arboretum for 54 years and collected some of its most important horticultural treasures, many which have been named after him .
Many of the plants that we take for granted here in the U.S. were collected as seed by Sargent himself in places like Japan, China , Korea and Tibet.
The current day living collections contain approximately 6000 different kinds of plants that are expertly designed into a pastoral park like setting.
Meandering wide paths traverse through bosques of Magnolias, boulevards of Lilacs, groves of Crab Apples ( Malus ) and undulating flowering meadows .
The beautiful old brick building located near the front main entry gates , houses one of the worlds best horticultural libraries and classrooms.
I try to return to my alma mater as often as possible, especially in the spring when the arboretum holds its annual lilac festival.