Nature

2019 Jan 14

Lilac Sunday T-Shirt Design Contest 2019

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Create a piece of Arnold Arboretum history…enter our contest to design the 2019 Lilac Sunday t-shirt!

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University invites artists of all ages to submit their designs for Lilac Sunday 2019. Lilac-themed t-shirts have been a tradition at Lilac Sunday for many years, and continue to be a highly anticipated and popular memento of this event.

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2019 Jan 27

Conifers in Winter

1:30pm to 3:00pm

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Bussey Street Gate, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Docent Robbie Apfel leads this winter walk in an exploration of the Arboretum's conifer collection. Beginning from the Bussey Street Gate, you will be introduced to the Arboretum's grand gymnosperms, learn the botany of conifers, and hear about Hemlock Hill's evolving ecosystem. This tour will also introduce you to native and non-native conifers in the winter landscape.
 
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2019 Jan 27

Monthly Bird Walks Through the Winter

9:00am to 10:30am

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Arborway Gate, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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 breeding behaviors, the competitive reality of bird song, and include a check on Chickadee nesting tubes for signs of activity.

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2019 Jan 26

Smartphone Photography: Winter Landscapes Enhanced

8:30am to 10:30am

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

Capture the essence of winter, when landscapes present a diluted palette of colors and contrasts are most striking. Professional photographer Nancy Katz will introduce fundamental concepts of landscape photography and then teach techniques for getting the best photographs from your smartphone camera. You will capture images in color and black and white, then learn to enhance them using a host of editing tools provided in the Snapseed App. (Note: Nancy Katz was...

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2019 Jan 13

Winter Wellness Walk

1:00pm to 1:45pm

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

Take a healthy walk through the cool landscape of the Arboretum with a 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 Jan 12

Nature Journal Workshop

1:00pm to 2:30pm

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

Join botanical artist, Regina Gardner Milan, in this Nature Journal Workshop. Participants, ages 8-12, will develop observational skills while learning a new awareness of their environment. Seed pods, pine cones, and other plant material will be available for observation and drawing. If weather permits, you will go on a short walk to collect more specimens. Milan will do demonstrations of drawing and documenting important details, and then you will try your own hand at creating a personal nature journal....

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2019 Jan 09

Landscape for Life

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

This intensive introductory course will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and understanding to create a great-looking garden that is healthier for you, your family, and the environment. This class is based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, the nation’s first rating system for sustainable landscapes. The comprehensive curriculum covers a range of topics, including soils, water, plants, and landscape materials.
Fee $185 member, $218 nonmember

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2019 Jan 06

Winter Birding!

9:00am to 10:30am

Location: 

Arborway Gate, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Start your new year off on an easy 90-minute walk from the Arboretum's main Arborway Gate to the ponds and back. Our docent and experienced birder, Bob Mayer, will focus on winter birds, as well as admiring the woody plant collection in winter. Beginners, as well as more experienced birders, are welcome on the tour. Bring binoculars if you have them; some binoculars will be available to share. See the Arnold Arboretum's website for ...

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2018 Dec 08

Measure Twice, Cut Once: Introductory Tree and Shrub Pruning

9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: 

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

Instructor: Andrew Gapinski, Head of Horticulture, Arnold Arboretum

Put down the hedge shears! Through both classroom instruction and hands-on field training, this class will include what’s, whys, and how’s of proper pruning approaches and...

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2018 Dec 01

Growing Woody Plants from Hardwood Cuttings

9:00am to 12:30pm

Location: 

Dana Greenhouse Classroom, 1050 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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 Pieris 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...

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2018 Nov 03

Introduction to Bonsai

1:30pm to 4:30pm

Location: 

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

Bonsai is the ancient Japanese method of growing and caring for a tree whose growth is restricted by the size of the shallow pot in which it is planted and by the pruning of its branches and roots. In this class, Glen Lord, who consults for the Arnold Arboretum’s bonsai (Japanese) and penjing (Chinese) collection of dwarf potted plants, will speak first about the history of bonsai. He will then demonstrate the methods employed in creating and caring for a bonsai. Participants will plant a tropical specimen and learn about basic pruning, styling...

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2018 Oct 12

An Artist's Perspective: The Arboretum and Botanical Artist Regina Gardner Milan

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Location: 

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

Regina Gardner Milan spent a year of discovery at the Arboretum. Botanical jewels of each season--early larches, spring blossoms, fall acorns, autumn leaves--are captured in her exquisite paintings. Nature holds a spellbinding allure to Milan, who finds that observing nature often produces scenes of larger-than-life beauty. The Arboretum's exhibition magnifies nature's productions, fully illuminating the elegance of plant life as small as a seed pod. This show captures the wonder of the Arboretum in those larger-than-life...

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2018 Nov 17

What Nature Sounds Are Music?

2:00pm to 3:30pm

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

Bird song, whale song, bug song? Are these sounds really music? What of the whistle of the wind? David Rothenberg, author of three books, Why Birds Sing, Bug Music, and Survival of the Beautiful, will do his best to answer these questions and fuel further thinking about noise, communication, and song in nature. A composer and jazz clarinetist,...

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2018 Nov 07

The Secret Lives of Roots

2:30pm to 4:00pm

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

The Arnold Arboretum is full of spectacular specimens from around the world that any visitor will appreciate. However, what they observe is only half the story. How a tree uptakes water and nutrients, stays grounded in place, stores energy, and sometimes even propagates itself, is all thanks to its roots. Join horticulturists Andrew Gapinski and Conor Guidarelli as they unearth these questions and more during an exclusive look into the extraordinary world of roots.

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