Arboretum Wespelaar: A contemporary arboretum, from concept to realization, in a lifetime


Monday, March 5, 2018, 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Hunnewell Building

In 1970, Philippe de Spoelberch started a plant collection in Herkenrode, Belgium. Now, forty-eight years later, after expanding to neighboring property, his initial efforts have blossomed into Arboretum Wespelaar, which opened to the public in 2001. Comprising more than 15,000 accessioned plants, with renowned collections of maple, rhododendron, magnolia, and beech, the Arboretum’s mission is similar to that of the Arnold Arboretum: to contribute to the knowledge and further study of all woody plants from the temperate climates of the world. As well, Arboretum Wespelaar has a focus on conserving rare and endangered plant species and educating the public about gardening with woody plants. On this special evening, Philippe de Spoelberch will speak about the decades-long creation of this magnificent living collection, his own development as a plantsman—from collector to curator and conservationist, and show images of the prized collections. 
Fee Free, but registration required

Register at or call 617-384-5277.