Magnolia dawsoniana, Dawson’s magnolia, is a rare magnolia species native to Sichuan and Yunnan provinces in China. They were first cultivated in the Americas in 1908 at the Arnold Arboretum, after the assistant director at the time E.H. White sent seeds back from China to Massachusetts. (Photo by Mia Macaluso/Boston University News Service)
By Mia Macaluso
Boston University News Service
Although the last vestiges of winter are still clinging to Boston – it seems we’ll still be wearing heavy jackets well into May, signs of spring have taken hold all throughout the city.
Nowhere is this more evident than at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, the oldest public arboretum in North America. If you have access to the MBTA and a few hours on your hands, this is the perfect way to spend some time getting some fresh air that’s usually absent from the big city, all while staying within city limits.
Located in Jamaica Plain, the arboretum is over 250 acres and has thousands of specimens of trees and flowering bushes from around the world, making for a beautiful display. Each tree is clearly marked with its scientific name, family name, collection data, and common name, making everything easy to identify.
Although picnicking is only allowed on one day of the year – “Lilac Sunday,” or May 14 this year – the Arnold Arboretum is perfect for long walks and taking the dog out on a new adventure this spring and summer.