Grafting Woody Plants: Fruit Trees

Location:

Dana Greenhouse Classroom, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Grafting is the technique of joining parts of separate plants in such a manner that they unite and continue their growth as one. Learn basic principles of grafting with an overview of different types of dormant-season grafts. Arnold Arboretum propagator Sean Halloran will provide step-by-step instructions so that you can practice both cleft and side veneer grafts using apple root stock. Simple after-care will be required until planting out in springtime. Registrants will need to sign an Assumption of Risk and Release in order to participate in this class.

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A Rose is a Rose: The Art of Botanical Prose

Location:

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Attention gardeners, readers, and writers! Come in from the cold for an afternoon as delightful as a spring garden. Jonathan Damery, the associate editor for Arnoldia, will provide an enlivening and breathtaking tour of the artistry found in horticultural and botanical reference books. Bask in the profound eloquence of even the most exhaustive of botanical descriptions. Often cloaked in scholarly tomes, these compositions boast opinion, passion, simply gorgeous wordsmithing, and even intrigue, in some cases.

Cost
Members: $5 Nonmembers:$10

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Measure Twice, Cut Once: Introductory Tree and Shrub Pruning

Location:

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Put down the hedge shears! Through both classroom instruction and hands-on field training, this class will include what’s, why's, and how’s of proper pruning approaches and techniques. Andrew Gapinski will focus on small ornamental trees, young shade trees, and shrubs with general approaches towards maintaining a plant’s natural form and encouraging health and vigor.

Note: Pruning for fruit production will not be covered in this offering. Dress for indoor and outdoor learning.

Cost: $30 member,$38 nonmember.

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Propagating Semi-Hardwood Cuttings

Location:

Dana Greenhouse Classroom, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Enhance your garden! Join Manager of Plant Production Tiffany Enzenbacher to learn how to propagate woody plants from fall cuttings. Students will collect and stick cuttings of several taxa (Ilex and Rhododendron to name a few), and will take their propagules home. After rooting, small plants may be ready to transplant as early as next year. Post-class nurturing will be required.

Fee for all materials is included in the cost of the class. Students should bring their own pruners to class.

Cost: $42 for members;$52 for nonmembers...

Photography with Chris Morgan

Location:

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Chris Morgan is fascinated by the patterns and textures in nature, the shapes of trees, and the movements of birds. He captures these beautifully in his photographs, which were on display at the Arnold Arboretum in the winter of 2019.

In this program, Chris will discuss his photographic interests and methods in the classroom and then move outdoors to demonstrate his techniques. Class participants will be able to learn alongside Chris, evaluating views, debating camera angles, and considering focal points in order to shoot better images. Participants should bring their...

Compost Compendium

Location:

Weld Hill Building and Landscape, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Horticulturist Conor Guidarelli manages the Arnold Arboretum’s organic materials recycling area and has recently improved the production and quality of the resulting compost. Conor will discuss the components of compost and the nutrients that can be returned to a site when compost is applied. He will explain the mix of brown to green materials, moisture, and aeration. Class participants will start in the classroom and then travel to the Arboretum’s materials yard to see compost in various stages of development.

Cost: $20 for members;$30 for nonmembers

Art Workshop: Revealing the Wild Print

Location:

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Join the Arboretum's exhibiting artist, Steffanie Schwam, in this hands-on workshop. You will make your own unique monoprint on paper or fabric, using leaves from the Arboretum's collections, paint, printmaking tools, recycled materials, and the inspiration of the surrounding landscape.

Note: This workshop is appropriate for ages 8 and up. An adult must accompany anyone between ages 8–12.

Cost: $15 for members;$25 for nonmembers.

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Creative Climate Commitment with Susan Israel

Location:

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

In this workshop, participants will work in groups to creatively respond to climate change with discussion and prompting from Susan Israel, architect, artist, climate communicator, and social entrepreneur. Their efforts will result in a collaborative commitment to change, a talisman of sorts, represented in three dimensions.

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Small Trees for Small Spaces

Location:

Hunnewell Building and Landscape, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Urban and suburban planting spaces are often constrained, often not ideal for accommodating a large oak, linden, or maple tree. But there are many smaller tree species that will thrive in a smaller space and won’t overwhelm the area. Some trees are cultivars that have been selected for their smaller size or narrow characteristics, while others are naturally genetically petite. Guided by the “right plant, right place” philosophy, Laura Mele...

Introduction to Birds and Birding

Location:

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Brendan Keegan, Gardener I, Arnold Arboretum

The Arboretum provides a home for over 100 bird species every year. This workshop will provide tips for identifying some of the most common species in our landscape, while also touching on topics such as basic bird anatomy, seasonal migration and common migrants, and...