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April 2014


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Dig Into Horticulture at the Arboretum on ARBlog

The Arboretum landscape, living collections, and expert staff comprise a unique resource for exploring all aspects of woody plants and their care. Starting April 14, get an inside look at horticulture at the Arboretum in the posts of ARBlog, our new web log curated by staff. From plant profiles and care advice to tips on propagation and pests, ARBlog will spotlight how our garden grows through the efforts of our outstanding team of horticulturists, arborists, and propagators. Look for ARBlog’s debut later this month, and join our new online community for people who love plants!

Enjoy a Field Expedition on Members’ Tour Day

Reserve June 7 on your calendar for Members’ Tour Day. Our annual guided exploration of the landscape will focus on collections in the southern half of the Arboretum, from Bussey Hill to the Pinetum. Festivities include the launch of a new mobile experience for touring Bussey Brook Meadow, created by media artist Teri Rueb and narrated in part by Senior Scientist Emeritus Peter Del Tredici. Look for the event postcard later this month with details and instructions for reserving space via our online registration system.

Explore Our Magnolia Collection Up Close on April 12

Few trees in our collections announce the arrival of spring as spectacularly as the magnolias. Gain new perspectives on these ornamental favorites on Saturday, April 12 during our next Collections Up Close event, Majestic Magnolias. Delve into the rich floral diversity of the collection and learn about the primitive reproductive biology of this ancient plant family. Drop by from 1-3pm for a guided tour, fun science activities for kids, and interactions with knowledgeable staff and volunteers. Magnolias are also featured as the Tree of the Month in our Visitor Center.

Take a Class this Month and Connect with Nature

Kick off a season of learning at the Arboretum. Ecology, plant communities, and climate change are illuminated in talks by Wheaton College Biology Professor John Kricher on April 22, the Arboretum’s new faculty member Lizzie Wolkovich on April 24, and Boston University Biology Professor Richard Primack on April 30. Find out what their investigations can tell us about life on Earth now and what we can expect in the not-too-distant future. Enjoy these offerings and more as part of the Cambridge Science Festival, starting April 18 at locations throughout Greater Boston.

Break Out of Dormancy! Visit the Arboretum in April
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Many free tours and fun activities celebrate spring’s arrival. Extended hours for the Hunnewell Building begin on April 1, with the Visitor Center open from 10am-5pm (closed Wednesdays), and building access from 9am-5pm. Arboretum Interpreters are back to share their knowledge of the landscape every Saturday and Sunday beginning April 19. Free guided tours each weekend begin on April 19, but get a head start with special tours on April 12 of the magnolia collection and Peters Hill. Come to the Arboretum and welcome spring!

Get Acquainted with Wilson’s Trees of New England

Although best known for revealing the botanical treasures of Asia through his photographs and plant collections, Ernest Henry Wilson also recorded his encounters with noteworthy trees in New England in the 1920s. Making use of his Sanderson field camera, he captured hundreds of photographs of elms, oaks, conifers, and other noble native trees. Reproduced from the original glass plate negatives and available online for the first time, these photographs capture the passion and curiosity of a great explorer taking stock of his adopted landscape.

Peters Hill 360 Show Features Artist Talk, Photo Walk

Peters Hills 360, an art exhibition by local photographer Meri Bond, continues this month in the Hunnewell Building. Join Meri for an artist’s talk on Sunday, April 13 to learn more about her affection for Peters Hill as a photographic subject and as a catalyst for inspiration. Bring your camera on Saturday, April 26 for a special photography walk on Peters Hill, and learn tips for taking great plant and landscape photos of your own.

All images from the Arnold Arboretum Archives except Peters Hill 360 image courtesy of Meri Bond.

Arboretum Welcomes Field Study Explorers
Longer days and warming temperatures signal the return of school groups to the Arboretum for field studies in nature science. Outdoor learning experiences for Boston’s public primary schools begin later this month and continue through late June. Interest among participating schools remains strong, and this spring the Arboretum welcomes greater engagement with classrooms from our neighborhood partners, the Boston Teachers Union School and South Side Head Start. Three new guides join our dedicated and seasoned team of volunteers in teaching the spring programs, which include explorations of flowers and an investigation of the ecosystems of Hemlock Hill.

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