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September 2009



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Interns Test Forest Reclamation Modes on Peters Hill

Plant Spotlight on Franklinia alatamaha

Members' Plant Sale & Giveaway on September 20

Autumn's Coming...Take A Class and Learn to Grow!

Free Tour Ponders Issues Surrounding Invasive Plants

September Exhibitions Explore the Beauty of Trees

FLONHS Offers Open House and Planning Meeting

Arboretum Hosts Tree Climbing Workshop for Women

Plant Spotlight on Franklinia alatamaha

Franklinia alatamaha

A member of the tea family and the sole species of its genus, Franklinia alatamaha is a fascinating plant for a number of reasons, not the least of which is its surprising history. The tree was discovered in 1765 along the Altamaha River in Georgia by father and son botanists John and William Bartram, who later collected seed and named the plant for Benjamin Franklin. Though the tree was never again seen in the wild after 1803, the Bartrams' discovery saved the Franklin tree from extinction. Its large, white, camellia-like flowers begin blooming in late August and may continue into October, persisting even as its leaves are changing to their autumnal red tones. Look for a 104-year-old accession of Franklinia in the Explorers Garden on Bussey Hill, and stop by the Visitor Center this month for a free activity guide for kids of all ages.

Enjoy more of September's plant highlights...

Members' Plant Sale & Giveaway on September 20

Members Fall Plant Sale

For nearly thirty years, the Arnold Arboretum has shared new, rare, and noteworthy plants with members in appreciation of their support. The Members' Plant Sale & Giveaway on Sunday, September 20 from 9:00am to Noon gives members the opportunity to obtain choice plants, including September's Tree-of-the-Month Franklinia alatamaha, and receive recommendations and planting tips from the horticultural experts on the Arboretum staff. If you are currently a member, valid through September 2009, you will soon receive a listing of plants along with admittance and free plant vouchers. If you would like to join in advance of the event, please contact the membership office today at 617.384.5766.

See event details and plant offerings...

Autumn's Coming...Take A Class and Learn to Grow!

Garden of Cosmic Speculation

Return to the classroom this fall to learn about plants, design, and gardening. Delve into botany with Kanchi Gandhi or refine your garden with Peter Medaglia. Mark your calendar for a lecture by renowned landscape architect and theorist Charles Jencks, creator of the Garden of Cosmic Speculation (pictured here). Brush up on your drawing and painting skills or learn the art of propagation. Our landscape is your classroom this autumn at the Arnold Arboretum.

Explore fall classes at the Arnold Arboretum...

Free Tour Ponders Issues Surrounding Invasive Plants

Amur cork tree

Invasive plants and their impact on ecosystems has been a hot topic for some time. Many plants scorned today as noxious pests were intentionally introduced in this country for their horticultural value. How do we define invasive and how do these plants get into our landscapes? Take a tour on Sunday, September 13 with Arboretum docent Marty Amdur to see examples of invasive plants and gain a better understanding of this issue.

Find out about free Arboretum tours...

September Exhibitions Explore the Beauty of Trees

Terry Boutelle exhibition

Art abounds this month in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall, with back-to-back exhibitions featuring local artists. A Forest in Mind: Mixed-media Paintings by Terry Boutelle, on view through September 13, employs acrylic, pastel, wax, plaster, and natural objects in ways that evoke mystery, yearning, and the emotional realm of nature. Starting September 16, view Artists in the Arboretum, a juried group show devoted to art inspired by the plants, landscape, and collections of the Arnold Arboretum. Offered in conjunction with Jamaica Plain Open Studios (September 26 and 27), Artists in the Arboretum kicks off with an opening night reception at 6:00pm on September 16.

Check out current and upcoming art exhibitions...

FLONHS Offers Open House and Planning Meeting

Olmsted National Historic Site

The legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of the Arnold Arboretum and its sister parks in Boston's Emerald Necklace, was honored 30 years ago with the establishment of a National Historic Site at his Brookline home and office, Fairsted. The National Park Service recently received funding to revise and update the park's general management plan, and your perspectives and input are requested in creating a renewed vision for the site. An open house featuring a behind-the-scenes tour of Fairsted (currently undergoing renovation) will be held on Sunday, September 13, and a public meeting regarding future plans is scheduled for Wednesday, September 23.

Find out more about these events...

Arboretum Hosts Tree Climbing Workshop for Women

Maple trees

Gain a new perspective on trees--from the top of the canopy. On Saturday, September 26, the Arnold Arboretum will host a women's tree climbing workshop organized by the New England Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. Learn how to climb or improve your existing skills while staying safe, using tree climbing equipment and climber safety guidelines. Come network with energetic women and female arborists from all over the country and acquire a fun outdoor skill.

Learn more or register for this workshop...

All images from the Arnold Arboretum Archives except Garden of Cosmic Speculation image courtesy of Charles Jencks, exhibition image courtesy of the Terry Boutelle, and Fairsted image courtesy of the National Park Service and the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site.

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Interns Test Forest Reclamation Modes on Peters Hill

2009 Hunnewell Interns

Each summer, individuals in the Arboretum's Isabella Welles Hunnewell Internship Program work in groups to address a real landscape management issue and present their proposals to their peers and staff. This year, interns implemented a management plan for the Peters Hill Natural Woods to remove invasive plants and encourage the growth of native species. Teams worked on Peters Hill for a week, defining four areas of the woodland to test a range of green and chemical treatments. The project offered interns the opportunity to utilize many of the skills the internship supports, including plant identification, site analysis, and invasive species and ecosystem management. The work was the second stage of a three-year suite of intern projects that began last year with an assessment of the woodland and tree census, and concludes next year with an evaluation of invasive control and forest reclamation methods.

Find out more about the Hunnewell Internship Program, or apply...


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