Garden Walking Tours
About This Event
Enjoy a guided walk with one of Arboretum experts. The walks are scheduled for Saturday at 11am; members free; included in admission.
January 5–Exploring the Engelmann Oak Grove– 11am
Take a closer look at this rare grove of Engelmann oaks with the Arboretum’s Curator of living collections, James Henrich. He will explain the special characteristics of these majestic oaks and what the Arboretum is doing to preserve them. Meet at the top of Tallac knoll by the Engelmann Oak sign.
February 16– Love Potions from the Garden–11am
Saturday, February 16; 11am
Frank McDonough, the Arboretum’s Botanical Information Consultant, takes you on a fun look at plants used through the ages as love potions. You’ll look at plants both past and present that have been linked to love. Meet at the Herb GardenMa
March 16–Botany of Booze–11am
Frank McDonough will explain it’s not just grapes and grain that grace libations, many other plants are tossed into the brew Learn how horticulture and hooch have been in cahoots to heighten and enhance the drinking experience since the first ancient human inadvertently picked up an overly ripe mango and spent the rest of the week trying to explain their behavior.Meet at the Gift Shop Patio
March 23–Peacocks and their Ways (Peacock Day)–11am & 1pm
On this walks with our docents, learn about where peafowls come from, how they got to the Arboretum and all their interesting ways. Knowledgeable docent will be leading this informational tour that will highlight there life style and fascinating mating habits. Meet at Ayres Hall Lawn
April 13–Perfumery Tour–11am
Learn about the history of perfumery, fragrance product plants and the latest science on this walk with guide Frank McDonough, Arboretum botanical information consultant.Meet at the Herb Garden
May 4–Hollywood at the Arboretum–11am
From Tarzan to Meet the Fockers, the Arboretum had been on film many times and still is. Specially trained Docents will walk you to sites including Baldwin Lake, Queen Anne Cottage, jungle and Coach Barn and describe the many film shot there. Meet at the Gift Shop Patio
June 15–Madagascar Plant Survival–11am
You are a small, nondescript plant but you are willing to prove your metal by skydiving into one of the wildest survival locations on earth; Madagascar. How do you evolve and adapt to meet the insanely dangerous and hostile conditions found on one the largest island on earth? Join this tour with Frank McDonough to find out. Meet at the Madagascar garden.