On Sunday, October 26th, the Arnold Arboretum hosted their first ever Fall Foliage Festival, an autumnal counterpart to spring’s Lilac Sunday. What a great idea! I mean why drive to New Hampshire and Vermont for leaf peeping when there’s a little bit of the great outdoors right here in Jamaica Plain? The timing is difficult of course as the foliage was actually more brilliant a week earlier, but it was a great event all the same. There were demonstrations, tours, hayrides, and great music. I saw a group of parents and children gamely dancing the Virginia Reel to the Bagboys and everyone was having a blast.
My son Peter & I checked out festival, albeit only the last hour as Peter was napping. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this great event and hope to return next year. And if anyone from the Arboretum is looking for ideas, I think it would be cool (no pun intended) if they held a winter festival focusing on the conifers. That way the flowering plants, deciduous trees, and evergreens would all have their special day.