an Independent Program of Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Hadwen Arboretum Tour
On October 5th Worcester Tree Initiative will host a tour of the Hadwen Arboretum. This is a special place in Worcester. Formerly the property of Obadiah Hadwen (1824-1907) the land was bequeathed to Clark University upon his death to be maintained in perpetuity for the purposes of education.
Hadwen Arboretum isn’t the largest parcel of natural land in Worcester by any stretch, it’s only six and a half acres set among homes and businesses between June Street, May Street, and Lovell Street. However, it is likely the most densely diverse forest landscapes in our city and most of our surrounding area. Hadwen was a horticulturist, he loved learning about different kinds of plants and couldn’t resist planting new varieties of trees being introduced to North America from around the world to see if they would work in New England.
His arboretum is now more than 100 years old and for many years has been allowed to grow mostly uninterrupted by human intervention. The mature trees mixed with new growth now feels as much like a forest as an arboretum. There are a huge variety of specimen trees to be seen on and off the beaten paths. On our hour long tour we will share insights on what species can be seen, the history of the arboretum and the one who planted it, and explore this historic and modern day landscape treasure in the city of Worcester.
The tour will take place on Thursday, October 5th from 5-6pm. We will meet on Lovell Street across from Lovell Dr; on-street parking available on Lovell Street and other side streets. Wearing walking shoes is encouraged, the trails are unpaved and the arboretum is set on a hill.