The Orchard Ecosystem
Michael Phillips, Farmer and Orchardist, Lost Nation Orchard at Heartsong Farm, Groveton, NH
1 Session: Wednesday, March 18, 12:30–3:30pm
Location: Wellesley College Science Center, Room SCI-277
Farmer and writer Michael Phillips, author of The Holistic Orchard, discusses his holistic approach to growing healthy and wholesome tree fruit and berries in this three-hour seminar. Our primary role as fruit growers is to build system health. Embracing forest edge ecology is an important starting point for biological advantage for fruiting plants. Equally apropos are fascinating ecosystem connections that keep insect challenges far more manageable. We’ll examine dynamics like beneficial accumulators, pollinator habitat, spider allies, even how plant growth cycles suggest particular task timing to enhance these connections. Holistic methods are about deep nutrition and competitive colonization…which are enhanced by knowing stewardship of the orchard ecosystem.
Fee $45 member, $60 nonmember (fee includes lunch) Register
Winter Trees: Beautiful Bark, Stunning Stems
Saturday, March 28, 12:30-2:00pm
Location: Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum
As the winter season winds down, join David Donovan in an exploration of the wonderful variety of bark in the Arboretum’s collections. Discover trees with exfoliating (peeling) bark, like paperbark maple or stewartia. Observe trees with smooth, fissured, or rough bark, and enjoy the diverse beauty of mature trunks as you walk through the landscape. David has been a National Park Ranger and naturalist at Acadia National Park, taught high school biology, led nature walks throughout New England, and is also a certified arborist.
This activity is free. Registration is requested. Register
Symposium: The Arnold Arboretum in China
Friday, March 27, 1:00-5:00pm
Location: Harvard Center Shanghai, 5/F, Shanghai IFC-HSBC Building, 8 Century Avenue Pudong, Shanghai
This symposium takes place in Shanghai, China.
For over a century, researchers from the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University have collaborated with Chinese botanists to collect, document, and study China’s rich floristic diversity. Through explorations by the likes Ernest Henry Wilson and Joseph Rock and collaborations with China’s eminent Chinese botanists like H. H. Hu and Shiu-Ying Hu, the Arnold Arboretum has amassed and investigated one the world’s premier collections of Chinese woody plants. This half-day symposium—featuring scientists and associates from both America and China—will reflect on the history of the collection, its meaning and its continued importance today in the face of globalization, conservation issues, and climate change. Registration instructions [pdf]
This symposium is free, however advance registration is required. Register
Look forward to Lilac Sunday as the landscape awakens from its winter slumber. Our annual event will take place on Sunday, May 10, 2015 with activities from 10am to 3pm and the New England Food Trucks Festival from 11am to 3pm.