Nature

2019 Feb 02

Arboretum for Educators: Tree Study Part 3: Conifer Adaptations

9:00am to 11:30am

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125 Arborway, Hunnewell Building, Boston

Arboretum for Educators monthly explorations are a professional development opportunity for elementary and middle school teachers to introduce the Arboretum landscape as an outdoor classroom. Participants learn about specific hands-on life science topics that may be used or adapted by teachers for their own classrooms and outdoor spaces. Meet and network with other like-minded educators, and engage in life science learning.

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2019 Feb 28

Do Your Garden Plants Have a Backstory?

7:00pm to 8:15pm

Location: 

125 Arborway, Hunnewell Building Landscape, Boston

Museums assign value to their collections by understanding each piece’s backstory – for instance, where did it come from, who created/collected it, what does it represent, what feeling does it elicit from a visitor? The plants in our own gardens can and should do the same, but too often have become generic and mundane because we have forgotten their backstories. Perhaps even worse, we may be losing our own personal connections to what we grow. Michael Dosmann will provide his own perspective on how to re-engage with our garden plants in ways that make it personal.

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2019 Feb 24

Build a Better Bird House

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

125 Arborway, Hunnewell Building, Boston

Learn how to build safe homes for native birds. This class covers best practices for general bird house design using the Arboretum's own nest boxes (for tree swallows, eastern bluebirds, black capped chickadees, and screech owls) as examples. You will learn tips for deterring predators and non-native competitors, as well as how to safely monitor young nestlings. Finally, you will build and take home your own "Chickadee Tube," a design suitable for many Boston yards. 

Fee: $28 member, $35 nonmember

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2019 Feb 23

Monthly Bird Walks Through the Winter

9:00am to 10:30am

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Arnold Arboretum, Bussey Street Gate

Join Arnold Arboretum's Brendan Keegan for an easy walk looking for winter birds. In January, Brendan will discuss how species alter their behaviors, diets, and/or bodies to survive the colder temperatures. For his February walk, that meets at the Bussey Street Gate, you will listen for, and discuss bird calls, and talk about owl mating season. The March walk on St. Patrick's Day will be a talk about how birds migrate and the impressive migrations of common Arboretum species, with a look for early migrants around the grounds.

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2019 Feb 13

Propagation of Historic Lineages

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Gate to the Dana Greenhouses, Centre Street, Boston

The Arnold Arboretum curates and maintains one of the most historic and well-documented collections of woody temperate species. We are in the midst of a 10 year Campaign for the Living Collections, and that means we will add even more diversity to those living collections. In order to maintain the diversity that already exists, great care is taken by our landscape horticulturists to report plants that are potentially threatened by weather, pests, and diseases. The Plant Propagation department is tasked with the propagation of those vulnerable and important historic lineages...

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2019 Feb 17

Family Hike: Play in the Snow

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

125 Arborway, Hunnewell Building, Boston

Families need nature at all times of the year! Meet inside the main gate at the Visitor Center. We will find a place to play together, making snow angels, snow humans, and more! Afterwards, families are invited to come inside the Lecture Hall to warm up with cookies and cocoa. Free and open to all, most suitable for children ages four through ten.

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2019 Feb 10

Winter Wellness Walk

1:00pm to 1:45pm

Location: 

125 Arborway, Hunnewell Building, Boston

Take a healthy walk through the cool landscape of the Arboretum with an Arboretum docent. You will enjoy the pared down beauty of our woody plant collection and hear about the Arboretum's history and highlights. After the walk, warm up in the Visitor Center with hot chocolate or tea, and talk more with your docent guide and Arboretum staff members.

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2019 Feb 09

Winter Tree Identification

1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

125 Arborway, Hunnewell Building, Boston

Without their leaves, trees can be challenging to identify in the winter. However, if you consider a tree’s branching structure and buds, you can often determine its species. Former Arboretum Horticulturist and now a high school teacher, Sue Pfeiffer will speak about the clues to look for and the keys available to help you definitively identify specific trees. Dress in layers for indoor and outdoor learning.

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2019 Feb 16

Opening Reception for Transitions: Winter Into Spring, Photographs of the Arnold Arboretum

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

125 Arborway, Hunnewell Building, Boston

Chris Morgan's goal as a photographer is to evoke the emotions he feels when he views patterns and textures in nature, in the shapes of trees, and in the movements of birds. He brings details to life. The Arboretum, with its rich collections of flora and fauna, has been a major interest of his for over fifteen years, especially during blizzards, when dramatic photo opportunities appear. Digital photography, which offers a happy marriage of the arts and the sciences, lets him explore larger-format photography in creative ways through digital panorama techniques.

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2019 Feb 08

Transitions: Winter Into Spring, Photographs of the Arnold Arboretum

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Location: 

125 Arborway, Hunnewell Building, Boston
Chris Morgan's goal as a photographer is to evoke the emotions he feels when he views patterns and textures in nature, in the shapes of trees, and in the movements of birds. He brings details to life. The Arboretum, with its rich collections of flora and fauna, has been a major interest of his for over fifteen years, especially during blizzards, when dramatic photo opportunities appear. Digital photography, which offers a happy marriage of the arts and the sciences, lets him explore larger-format photography...
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2019 Feb 06

Garden Design Workshop for Home Gardeners

Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed Mar 13 2019 except Wed Feb 20 2019.
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1300 Centre St., Weld Hill Building, Roslindale

We have the desire to make a garden, but then we grapple with how to start designing our home garden spaces. Design a layout plan for an area of your yard in this beginner-level class. Learn the organizational components of a coherent garden and practice the process of design with award-winning designer Christie Dustman. You will leave class with a plan in progress from which to continue your design explorations. This class is primarily about garden spaces rather than specific plant selection. You will be required to draw a base plan for your site (with tutelage in class) and will need...

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2019 Feb 06

The World of Witch-Hazels: An Arboretum Tour

2:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

125 Arborway, Hunnewell Building, Boston

In the Arnold Arboretum there is a tree or shrub in bloom every month of the year--including February! This winter phenomenon is only possible because of the witch-hazel family. From witch-hazel to fothergilla to parrotia, the family includes some of the most botanically fascinating and horticulturally valuable plants for the temperate garden. Join Andrew Gapinski, Head of Horticulture at the Arnold Arboretum, for a very special mid-winter walk to explore the beauty of the Arboretum's witch-hazel family collection, and its captivating history of development, evaluation, and scientific...

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2019 Feb 20

The Amazonian Travels of Richard Evans Schultes

6:00pm

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Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Richard Evans Schultes—ethnobotanist, taxonomist, writer, photographer, and Harvard professor—is regarded as one of the most important plant explorers of the twentieth century. In 1941, Schultes traveled to the Amazon rainforest on a mission to study how Indigenous peoples used plants for medicinal, ritual, and practical purposes. A new interactive online map, produced by the Amazon Conservation Team, traces the landscapes and cultures that Schultes explored in the Colombian Amazon. Plotkin and Hettler will share this map and discuss the relevance of Schultes’ travels and...

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