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Allandale Woods
Centre St & Vfw Pkwy, West Roxbury, MA 02132

Allandale Woods is a 90-acre property situated between Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury. It is owned by Boston's ParksMore and Recreation Department, the Conservation Commission and private lands that are subject to city conservation restrictions.

In recent years, trails have been refurbished by the Boston Natural Areas Network and youth groups. The crews have worked hard to remove invasive species throughout the woods. Originally, the Appalachian Mountain Club built trails in 1992 through the woods.

The woods are a great place to relax, take a stroll and enjoy the maple and oak trees, with or without a dog.

There are several entrances, which are not marked well. The main entrance is behind the Church of the Annunciation on the VFW Parkway near the intersection of Centre Street. There are small signs at the entrances, but they can be easily missed.

Arnold Arboretum
125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130

The Arnold Arboretum was established in 1872. It is the oldest public arboretum in North America and run by HarvardMore University.

The arboretum is 265 acres of flora and fauna collected from all around the world. It is situated between three Boston neighborhoods: Jamaica Plain, Roslindale and West Roxbury.

A beautiful Boston cityscape is easily seen from atop Peters Hill. Peters Hill is also the spot for dog owners to congregate. 

The arboretum offers self-guided tours via personal cellphones as trees are marked with info on how to participate in the tour.

The annual Lilac Festival on Mother's Day weekend draws crowds from all around the world to see the more than 200 lilac bushes that provide heavenly aromas as you walk past them. 

Classes of all levels of gardening and learning about plants are offered through the Hunnewell Building. Inside the Hunnewell, there is a scale model of the arboretum as well as a little book store.

The arboretum is also a part of the Emerald Necklace.

It is important to note that you are not allowed to take anything out of the Arnold Arboretum, such as flowers, branches, animals or anything else found in the Arboretum. 

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