Monday, May 03, 2010

Arnold Arboretum

Arnold Arboretum, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

As I was in the Boston area over the weekend, I took advantage of the proximity and headed over to the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain to catch the lilacs and other lovelies in bloom there.

I used to live in Roslindale and West Roxbury, which border Jamaica Plain, and spent a lot of time at the Arboretum. It's a wonderful place, and they've made a lot of improvements and changes since I've been there last.


One thing I noticed was the placards attached to some of the trees, giving you a number you can call for a 'cell phone tour'.



The variety and sheer numbers of lilacs is staggering, and the scent is intoxicating.



lilac lane


There were a lot of other flowering trees & shrubs as well, like this redbud.


This tree was Korean, and its buds were very odd looking.

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Its flowers were beautiful though, almost like orchids.


There is a vine garden, featuring these gorgeous wisteria.


Just above this is the bonsai garden, with some trees dating to the 1700's!

bonsai garden



It's an amazing place, and large enough to spend a whole day exploring. Several days, even! Check out the official website here.

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