The Arboretum Before it was an Arboretum


Sunday, April 10, 2016, 1:00pm to 2:30pm


Hunnewell Building

Join Arboretum docent, Brian Karlsson-Barnes, and step back in time to the early 19th century. Imagine the Arboretum before it was an Arboretum. Most of the land was treeless, cleared to grow crops and hay, graze animals, and supply firewood for Boston and nearby Third Parish of Roxbury, now Jamaica Plain. Hear how gentleman farmer, Benjamin Bussey, consolidated a number of small farms into a large estate, and how he safe-guarded and valued this land that would become the Arnold Arboretum. In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

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