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July 2014

Happy Independence Day!

In this issue

  • ALB Declared Eradicated in Boston
  • Aggie Interns Foster Plants, Careers at Arboretum
  • Make the Most of Your Membership and Your Garden
  • Free Fun Friday Comes to the Arboretum July 25
  • Exhibition Explores the Arboretum in the Open Air
  • Stay Connected with Summer Classes and Tree Mobs
  • Spotlight on Stewartia
  • Call for Artists: Jamaica Plain Open Studios Exhibit
  • Aggie Interns Foster Plants, Careers at Arboretum

    Since 2008, the Arboretum has partnered with Norfolk County Agricultural High School to mentor outstanding juniors through practical instruction and hands-on training. Over the past five weeks, 10 student interns worked with our staff to learn how to provide exceptional care for plants and landscapes in a public garden setting. In addition to practicing tree climbing, planting, pruning, and soil care, Aggie students collaborated with staff on a range of special projects including the installation of a new cobblestone entrance for Linden Path.

    Make the Most of Your Membership and Your Garden


    We’re grateful to our members for providing critical financial support for the cultivation and care of our plant collections and the preservation of our Olmsted-designed landscape. Through the Nursery Discount Program, your membership in the Friends of the Arnold Arboretum can help your own garden flourish too. Our partnership with local nurseries and garden centers provides opportunities for Arboretum members to enjoy discounts on qualifying purchases. If you’re not already a member, join today to support the Arboretum and enjoy benefits like the Nursery Discount Program all year long.

    Free Fun Friday Comes to the Arboretum July 25

    Free Fun Friday

    Make us part of your family’s summer plans! Delight your kids with the wonders of science and nature as the Arboretum celebrates Free Fun Friday on July 25. Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, the event spotlights a host of free activities from 10am to 3pm. Enjoy plant explorations with scientific tools, art activities, a tree scavenger hunt, nature hikes, tree climbing demonstrations by our arborists, and more. Check out Free Fun Friday events at museums and cultural venues across Massachusetts.

    Exhibition Explores the Arboretum in the Open Air

    Inspired by the natural beauty of the Arboretum, painters Kathy Rubado and Carol Schweigert capture our spectacular plants and landscapes through the seasons in their new exhibition, Arnold Arboretum in Plein Air. On view through September 7, their impressionistic paintings captured directly in the landscape depict snow-swept vistas on Peters Hill, intimate shady paths, classic gates, and viburnum boughs dense with berries. Painting in “open air” provides a dialogue with the environment, challenging the elements for an authentic experience.

    Stay Connected with Summer Classes and Tree Mobs

    Make the Arboretum your gateway for encountering an array of perspectives on plants. On July 9 and 23, explore conifers collected from around the world with Jim Gorman. Katya Popova offers a landscape drawing series beginning July 10, and her second series beginning July 13 focuses on watercolors. Tree Mobs in July kick off with an environmental profile of mountain hemlock (Tsuga mertensiana) on July 9 at 12:15pm led by Putnam Fellow Ailene Ettinger, and look for gatherings highlighting the forest as a resource for birds and the strategies of pollinators. And don’t forget our free guided tours offer fun and discovery each Saturday at 10:30am and Sunday at 1:00pm.

    Spotlight on Stewartia

    Japanese stewartia and bee

    One of six genera prioritized as a national collection, Stewartia also symbolizes the Arboretum’s history of plant exploration through the disjunct distribution of its species in eastern Asia and eastern North America. Stewartias from both continents bloom for an extended period in midsummer with beautiful, white-petaled flowers. Some species, like Japanese stewartia (S. pseudocamellia), provide multiple seasons of interest with lovely fall foliage and striking bark hues and patterns. Discover Stewartia, the Tree-of-the-Month for July, and see examples growing near the Visitor Center, at the Centre Street Gate, and in the Explorers Garden.

    Call for Artists: Jamaica Plain Open Studios Exhibit

    JPOS Exhibition

    Local artists are invited to submit works inspired by the plants and landscape of the Arnold Arboretum for the upcoming Artists in the Arboretum juried exhibition, organized in conjunction with Jamaica Plain Open Studios. Artists do not need to live or work in Jamaica Plain, but all entries submitted for consideration should be two-dimensional, such as paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, and prints. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, July 24 at midnight, with decisions announced on August 11.

    Survivor Ginkgos Share Message of Peace, Resilience

    Ginkgo first appeared some 250 million years ago, and its only remaining species (G. biloba) is a living fossil, planted widely as a street tree due to its hardy nature. Its resilience is perhaps best illustrated by a 250-year-old specimen in Hiroshima’s Shukkeien Garden, one of some 170 trees that withstood the horrific destruction incurred by the atomic bomb in 1945. Today, seeds from this survivor tree have been planted in 20 countries all over the world as “peace ambassadors of Hiroshima” through the efforts of Green Legacy Hiroshima. Several of the trees will find new growing space in the Massachusetts town of Avon and in the Arboretum landscape, the direct result of arrangements initiated with the Arboretum by Avon town administrator Michael McCue. The seedlings, which should be ready for planting in a year or two, are currently thriving in outdoor containers at the Arboretum’s Dana Greenhouses.

    Read more in the Boston Globe

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