Saturday, May 19, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Walk Through the Hunnewell Pinetum


Enjoy the glories of spring on Saturday, May 19 as the Wellesley College Friends of Horticulture lead a walk to the shores of Lake Waban where the College property borders the Walter Hunnewell Estate. There David Dusenbury, Superintendent of the property, will lead us on an approximately 90 minute walking tour of the historic Pinetum. The Pinetum, or collection of pine trees, was started in 1866 by Horatio Hollis Hunnewell, founder and creator of the estate, originally called Wellesley after his wife, Isabella Welles Hunnewell. The cultivation and care of this world-class tree collection has continued through four generations of the Hunnewell family to the present day. Wellesley’s pines have a history and pedigree worthy of any family tree. The 10-acre area includes more than 350 specimen conifers representing approximately 150 varieties ranging in age from a few years to 140-plus. Features include spectacular mature specimens of Sargent’s weeping hemlock, cedar of Lebanon and dawn redwood, among others.  Meet at the WCBG Visitor Center at 1:30 pm to walk over to the Pinetum. Tour takes place rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather, including suitable footwear. Thanks to Wellesley alumna Luisa Hunnewell for so generously sharing her wonderful landscape with the Friends of Horticulture. WCFH members $20, non-members $25. Visit www.wellesley.edu/WCFH to register.