Nature

2019 Jul 10

The Substance of Soil

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Soil is the basis of survival. Without soil, humans and most other living beings could not exist. Conor Guidarelli, who has dug deep into the soils of the Arnold Arboretum will present an overview of soil, from its formation and components to its properties. He will discuss ways to analyze soil quality and health to determine whether or not amendments are needed based on the soil outcome or use desired.

Participants are encouraged to bring a pint glass jar with about a cup of soil in it to class.

Cost: $20 for members; $30 for nonmembers.

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2019 Jun 27

Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees

6:30pm to 7:45pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Once, farmers knew how to prune trees in a way that, instead of destroying them, led to robust and sustained growth – of the trees and of the communities that utilized them. 

Rediscover this lost art that sustained human life and culture for ten millennia in this talk with arborist William Bryant Logan. William offers us both practical knowledge about how to live with trees to mutual benefit and hope that humans may again learn what the persistence and generosity of trees can teach.

Cost: Free for members; $5 for nonmembers.

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2019 Jun 25

The Art of Botanical Prose

7:00pm to 8:15pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

All writers must contend with translation. A poet translates the movement of a dancing figure into a brief couplet, and an essayist translates the noise and commotion of the city where she lives into a single paragraph. The three-dimensional world filters into text, and when done especially well—the realm of literature and art—readers often forget that translation has even occurred.

In this talk, Jonathan Damery, the associate editor for Arnoldia, will provide a readerly tour through horticultural and botanical reference books, encouraging readers to see the artistic endeavor...

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2019 Jun 21

In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Jun 22 2019 .
6:30pm to 8:30pm

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building and Arboretum Landscape, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Join us for an enchanting evening of Tree Myths, Songs and Summer Solstice Legends. Attendees will hear tales of the human connection with trees and the deep meaning we have assigned to them through the ages. This unique performance, designed specifically for the Arnold Arboretum, travels through the Arboretum with story and music. Each story is told under a different tree or among a unique collection of Arboretum plants, culminating with the haunting Czech legend “The Wild Woman of the Birch Grove” told amid the birches at sunset. Appropriate for adults and for children twelve years and...

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2019 Jun 20

Deciduous Tree Identification

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Starting in the classroom and then moving outdoors to see live specimens, Laura Mele will introduce identification methods for deciduous trees commonly found in New England. Bring a notebook, hand lens if you have one, and plan for indoor and outdoor learning.

Cost: $20 for members; $30 for nonmembers.

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2019 Jun 12

Growing Woody Plants from Softwood Cuttings

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

Dana Greenhouse, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Hydrangea and Cherry and Willow, oh my! Join Manager of Plant Production Tiffany Enzenbacher to learn how to propagate woody plants from summer cuttings. Students will collect and stick cuttings of several landscape plants. Cuttings will be rooted at the greenhouse to be retrieved later for transplanting into the registrant’s garden or potted up into small containers. Fee for all materials is included in the cost of the class. Students should bring their own pruners and dress for the weather.

Cost: $36 for members; $45 for nonmembers.

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2019 Jun 09

Rose Family in Bloom

11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: 

Bradley Rosaceous Collection, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

The rose family (Rosaceae) contains over 3,000 species of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants. Roses, spireas, mountain ash, and many more are at peak bloom in June.

You will be surprised by the beauty, breadth, and depth of the Bradley Rosaceous Collection (BRC), and the Arboretum's role in discovering and disseminating understanding of this large family of plants.

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2019 Jun 26

Bonsai Behind the Curtain: Uncovering Their Care and Cultivation

5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Join Manager of Plant Production, Tiffany Enzenbacher, for an evening of exploration into the oldest dwarfed plant collection in the United States. As one of the caretakers of the Arboretum's bonsai collection, Tiffany will highlight many of the procedures used by staff to maintain the health of these captivating specimens.

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2019 Jun 23

Get Your Hands Dirty!—Soil Science

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Lawn, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

This is part of the new Science in Our Park Series. Come to the Arnold Arboretum and be a scientist! Get your hands onto scientific tools, use your observation skills and share your findings with others.

Get Your Hands Dirty will allow you to stick your hands into the soil and really get to know it. You will have a chance to use digital probes, collect data, and then share that data with other scientists for a day.

One adult may bring a maximum of three children; suitable for children ages five and up.

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2019 Jun 20

Peters Hill: Discover the Other End of the Arboretum

5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Peters Hill Gate, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Join our docent for a tour of the other end of the Arnold Arboretum, the southern end. Peters Hill became part of the Arboretum in 1894 and continues to charm with its special character, collections, and history. In summer, the amazing view from the summit takes in the Boston skyline and a rich and textured landscape spreading out below you. Learn the history of the land, along with information on the woody plants located here.

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2019 Jun 15

Guided Tour: Medicinal Plants at the Arnold Arboretum

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

The Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden contains a multitude of cultivated plants with culturally significant medicinal properties. However, on a casual stroll along Linden Path to the Leventritt, you will pass dozens of other plants that are often looked upon as simple weeds. Many of these plants have rich ethnobotanical histories of their own that tie us closer to our environment. Your guides will explain how these "weedy" plants came to colonize this area while touching on cultural contexts and botanical identification of these wild species—as well as the cultivated medicinal species in...

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2019 Jun 13

Walking Postscript: Revisiting Plants from the Bulletin of Popular Information

4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

In 1911, Charles Sprague Sargent, the founding director of the Arnold Arboretum, began writing a serialized pamphlet titled the Bulletin of Popular Information, in which he described flowering and fruiting displays at the Arboretum. Because Sargent often focused on plants newly arrived from expeditions to Asia and elsewhere, many of his descriptions provided the first horticultural comparisons between species that had never been grown in the same garden.

On this tour, Jonathan Damery will revisit plants mentioned throughout Charles Sprague Sargent's sixteen years with...

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2019 Jun 09

Sunday Guided Tour: The Family Rosaceae—Roses in Bloom

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Enjoy a free guided tour of the Arnold Arboretum landscape with a knowledgeable guide. Tours are appropriate for adults and last approximately 90 minutes. Landscape highlights, seasonal interest, history, and more.

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2019 Jun 02

Collections Up Close: Ginkgo Collection

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

Celebrate plant diversity, natural history, and the work of public gardens by spotlighting plants and their families. Join us for tours, family activities and festivities in the ginkgo collection on Peters Hill. Most people can identify a ginkgo leaf – but what do you really know about the tree itself? Come learn more about this “living fossil” and explore a collection that reflects the greatest known genetic diversity of wild-collected ginkgos in North America.

This is a free, drop-in activity. The event will be taking place in the ginkgo collection on Peters Hill. Street...

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