The Arboretum boasts a trail system through open meadows, beside woodland ponds, along a glacial esker, and through a bog. A handicapped accessible trail provides access to the herb garden, butterfly garden, hosta garden, daylily garden, rhododendron garden, lilac fragrance garden, and a pond planting. The Wildflower Trail provides access to a wide range of woodland habitats.
Parking is available at the Arboretum's main entrance, off Taylor Road. Much of the area adjacent to the parking lot is handicapped-accessible, and is open, with graveled paths, gardens, bridges, and picnic tables. Trails and paths crisscross the entire area.
Acton Arboretum Yankee Plant Swap and Horticultural Hat Contest! (Poster) This is a membership drive/fundraiser and all proceeds directly benefit the Acton Arboretum. Money goes towards trees, plants, trails, gardens, benches, and boardwalks. Come one, come all to the Acton Arboretum main lawn on Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 2-4 pm. To attend, guests will renew, or take out a new $15 individual membership to the Friends of the Acton Arboretum, Inc. upon arrival for the event. Guests need to bring one potted, outdoor zone-hardy plant to be swapped in the "Yankee Swap" in a simple, disposable/reusable pot. Plants may be from your own garden (or your friend's or neighbor's garden!). Guests should also wear a decorated, "horticultural hat" to be judged in a contest. Prizes will go to most original and most beautiful hat. Event will run rain or shine. Refreshments will be served. Bring your friends, your mothers, your neighbors! Help "give back" to this special town treasure, the Acton Arboretum! Please RSVP email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Acton Arboretum's main parking lot is located at 2 Taylor Road, Acton, 01720.
Wildflower Boardwalk: Please use extreme caution on the wildflower boardwalk! The Friends of the Acton Arboretum and the Acton Natural Resources Department were awarded funding at Acton's April Town Meeting to rebuild the Wildflower Boardwalk. Dismantling and reconstruction will occur at the end of the summer/early fall 2013 after the wildflowers have gone dormant. Volunteers will be needed to help dismantle and pile debris into town trucks for hauling away. Please email email@example.com if you would like to be put on a list to help when the time comes.
Boardwalk Rebuild Fund: Please donate to help with the cost of our old boardwalks. We need help paying for handicap railings on the Wildflower Boardwalk as well as for the Bog Boardwalk and the Fern Boardwalk, which will also need to be replaced soon. If you are interested in helping, please make a tax-deductable donation and send your check to The Friends of the Acton Arboretum Boardwalk Fund, PO Box 2607, Acton, MA 01720. Make checks payable to the Friends of the Acton Arboretum, Inc.
Would you like to "Adopt A Garden" at the Acton Arboretum? Volunteers work in the gardens and trails of the Arboretum. Groups meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays and some families and individuals volunteer on their own schedule after an "orientation."
Recent Eagle Scout projects at the Arboretum:
- Grape Arbor re-built by Eagle Scout, Brandon Sides. This new, pressure-treated, wooden, grape arbor located near the hosta and butterfly gardens replaces a decades-old, metal, rusty one that had been overgrown by shrubs. The antique grape vines are already growing on the new structure and produced grapes this summer. Eventually a trail will meander through the arbor and the area will be landscaped.
- New Split Rail fence at farm pond rebuilt by Jonathan Che.
- Portion of stone dust trail at rhododendron garden improved by Kevin Ren and another portion of the same trail improved by Matthew Robbertz.
Thank you Eagle Scouts!
Volunteer Helpers Wanted Two Workdays Each Week. (Workdays will resume in April) Show up to help on Thursday mornings from 9 am to 12 noon; or on Tuesday afternoons from 2:30 to 4:30. We provide tools, or you can bring your own. Be a part of the many volunteers who help tend this town treasure! Please contact Bettina Abe, Town of Acton Natural Resources Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wonder why a trail was paved? Read about how & why the trail was paved.
"Welcome to the Acton Arboretum" is a 28 minute, educational documentary intended to give the audience an overview of the history, gardens, trails, geology, horticulture, accessibility and volunteerism of the Acton Arboretum. You can find it along with other Acton videos at http://www.actontv.org/vod_public.html
Pam Resor is the host and she interviews several key members of the community and town staff. If you would like to order a copy of the DVD for $7.00, please email email@example.com.