Tour will explore Arnold Arboretum’s roots

Find out how the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain got its start, and what role Frederick Law Olmsted may have played in it, during a National Park Service walking tour on Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. The tour will provide details about Charles Sprague Sargent, whom fellow Harvard students predicted “wouldn’t amount to much,’’ but who became the first director of the arboretum and crossed paths with Olmsted, George Perkins Marsh, and John Muir. No reservations are necessary to join the free tour, which will take place rain or shine; meet in front of the Arnold Arboretum’s Hunnewell Building, inside the main gate on the Arborway . For details on the National Park Service’s Olmsted site in Brookline and other walking tours, visit

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