August 2009


In this issue
  • Landscape Institute Joins Boston Architectural College
  • Plant Spotlight on Callicarpa dichotoma
  • Insect Science and Techniques for Collectors
  • Bring ALB Monitoring to Your Neighborhood
  • A Forest In Mind: Paintings by Terry Boutelle
  • Visitor Center Introduces New Landscape Maps
  • Free Tours Include Survey of Nut-bearing Trees

  • Plant Spotlight on Callicarpa dichotoma
    Callicarpa dichotoma

    The late summer flowers of the purple beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma) are small, pinkish- lavender in color, and borne in clusters above the foliage on the plant's gracefully arching branches. While not spectacular in appearance, they give way in early fall to the striking purple fruits that give the plant its common name. In addition to offering an impressive display, the fruits persist after fall defoliation and provide food for birds. Native to China, Japan, and Korea, C. dichotoma grows best in full sun or partial shade in Zones 5-8. A mid-sized shrub that's easy to grow and generally free of serious pests or diseases, purple beautyberry displays best when planted in groups or masses.

    Stop by the Visitor Center for assistance in locating examples of this plant in the Arboretum landscape. You may also pick up a free activity guide for kids of all ages highlighting August's Tree-of-the-Month, Koelreuteria paniculata (goldenrain tree).

    Insect Science and Techniques for Collectors
    Clouded sulfur butterfly

    Insects are the most diverse group of animals on Earth, and their beneficial and harmful interactions with plants can tell us much about the ecological balance of our surroundings. Register to join Sue Pfeiffer on Thursday, August 6 at 5:30pm for an overview of insect anatomy, their life cycles, and tips for identifying major insect families. As curatorial fellow at the Arboretum, Sue has helped collect insects to assist integrated pest management efforts and visiting entomologists. She will demonstrate various methods of attracting, capturing, and preserving insect specimens for study and display. In the process you will gain an appreciation for these creatures and their remarkable evolutionary success.

    Bring ALB Monitoring to Your Neighborhood
    Asian longhorned beetle

    The Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), which feeds on and kills a wide variety of trees, was positively identified last August in a small area of Worcester, Massachusetts. One year later, much has already been done to delineate the range of the infestation, remove infested trees, and to educate the public on recognizing and monitoring for this pest. Toward the latter goal, the ALB Outreach and Survey Project is looking for volunteers to receive training about ALB and other forest pests. Register for their "Train the Trainer" session on August 11 in Boston or August 13 in Springfield and get the tools you need to protect your neighborhood trees.

    A Forest In Mind: Paintings by Terry Boutelle
    Terry Boutelle exhibition

    A Forest in Mind, an exhibition by Terry Boutelle opening August 1 in the Hunnewell Building, presents a vision of trees and forests shaped by memory, meditation, and imagination. Using mixed media and often incorporating natural objects such as leaves, twigs, and seeds, she moves beyond realism into psychological and emotional realms in her richly textured paintings. Join us on Saturday, August 1 at 1:00pm for for an opening reception and on Thursday, August 13 at 6:30pm for a conversation with the artist (Free, advance registration requested).

    Visitor Center Introduces New Landscape Maps
    Landscape map and guide

    To complement the improved system of directional signs in the landscape, the Arboretum has redesigned its printed Map & Guide. With a new brochure for each season, the Map & Guide has information on way-finding, seasonal highlights, fast facts, major collections, and special destinations. Stop by the Visitor Center to pick one up when you embark on your next exploration.

    Free Tours Include Survey of Nut-bearing Trees
    Water hickory nuts

    Enjoy the urban outdoors! Free landscape tours are offered on every August weekend, as well as select Wednesday afternoons and a Friday evening walk on August 7. Explore the grounds with a trained Arboretum docent to learn more about the Arboretum and enjoy the landscape's summer highlights. On Saturday, August 29 at 1:30pm, join curator Michael Dosmann for a free introduction to the Arboretum's diverse collection of nut-bearing trees.

    All images from the Arnold Arboretum Archives except Boston Architectural College image courtesy of BAC, ALB image courtesy of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, and exhibition image courtesy of the artist.

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    Landscape Institute Joins Boston Architectural College
    Boston Architectural College

    This September, the Landscape Institute of the Arnold Arboretum joins The Boston Architectural College, signalling an exciting new chapter in the program's 40 year history of offering excellent professional education in landscape design, history, and preservation. As an integral part of an academic community committed to multi-disciplinary design education, the Landscape Institute at the BAC will retain the leadership of current director Heather Heimarck, enhance its educational resources and student services, and expand its influence on the future of designed environments in New England and beyond.

    Current and prospective students can learn more at a BAC open house on August 6, or by attending an information session on August 29. See the Institute's Calendar of Events for details.

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