The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University can be a great place to go to when you are in the area. The Arnold Arboretum is a natural botanical garden and public park, which are located within the Jamaica Plain and Roslindale areas of Boston, Massachusetts. It was established in 18 72 and is one of the oldest public arboretums in North America. You will find gardens with beautiful plants, along with walking paths and basketball courts. It is also a great place to relax in the sun.
The Arboretum has two sections, which include the Harvard Business School, which are located between Commonwealth Avenue and Boylston Street, and the Harvard Science Center located on the lower level of the park near the John Hancock Tower. There are also playgrounds and observation towers at the rear of the park. The park’s property also includes sidewalks and walking paths throughout the entire Hazard Landscape.
One of the most popular features of the park is the Museum of Arboretum, which is located on an eight-acre lot. It houses a vast array of collections, including plant collections, soil samples, and specimens from the botanical garden. A special feature of the museum is the Welding Hall of Science, which is where major innovations in welding and metallurgy are displayed. There are also interpretive displays that explain the relationship between gardening and the science of metallurgy. This location was created by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed the park for Harvard University.
The Botanical Garden of Arnold Arboretum consists of three gardens namely, Brancone Gardens, Costa Blanca, and Papagayo. These gardens are home to a wide variety of plants and flowers ranging from roses to palms. In the midst of these lush grounds are bird baths, fountains, water fountains, walkways, tennis courts, and basketball rings. The gardens were designed by landscape architect William Collins, who was also responsible for the landscaping of the Hazard Landscape.
The Horticulture Research Center at Arnold Arboretum is another important attraction which houses the largest collection of plant species from tropical and subtropical areas of North America. This collection of flora and fauna has been created by the efforts of the landscape architect Paul Durand. The Center has a rich inventory of more than two thousand different plant species. The Center also houses the first botanically based millennium flower garden. This flower garden was established in 1999, where a selection of flower species were grown in the Arboretum that is then offered to the public.
The majority of the arboretums at the Arnold Arboretum are designed with two primary objectives, namely conserving the native botanical resources and promoting plant biodiversity. The arboretums contain a large range of plants and flowers ranging from annuals, perennials, biennials, etc. Some of these have earned the university an honorable mention in the “Trees of Knowledge” list. Among these plants, the following are representative: Papaver paeoniflorum, Scirpus acutus, Artemisia grandis, Pinus echinata, and Salvia species. The botanical collections at the Arnold Arboretum are managed and protected by the campus arborists and the campus horticulture and floral research centers. Due to the vastness of the holdings, the campus has a web site, which gives information on the availability of certain plants, as well as the conditions under which they grow.
For those wishing to have an overview of the arboretum, guided tours can be arranged. A guided tour is usually arranged depending on the number of visitors or the time of the year. Tour guides can also arrange private tours for groups. A guided tour is a great way to learn more about the plant collections, while immersing oneself in the environment. One of the most popular guided tours is the Arboretum Walking Tour, which takes participants through the entire arboretum, from the arch to the frond, viewing the plants and the many flowers.
The arboretum also features a butterfly sanctuary, where one can view numerous butterflies. On a visit to the butterfly sanctuary, the visitor can also expect to meet some rare species. Various birds are also regularly seen in various stages of flight. Last but not least, the MIT Museum of Natural History features a butterfly house. This allows the butterflies to enter and exit the house safely, while visitors can see the fascinating world of nature at its most beautiful state.
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