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December 2009



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Richard Pagett Named Interim Managing Director

Plant Spotlight on Prunus mackii

Field Study Program Finishes Successful Season

Celebrate the Season with Solstice Legends and Song

Botanica Exhibition Continues Through December 15

Make History! Enter the Lilac Sunday T-Shirt Contest

Give the Gift of Arboretum Membership this Season

Plant Spotlight on Prunus mackii

Prunus mackii

The beautiful metallic, bronze-to-cinnemon bark of the Amur chokecherry (Prunus maackii) peels in strips, creating distinctive fissures in the trunk and seasonal interest in the landscape. A native of Manchuria and Korea, Amur chokecherry sports a rounded crown and grows 30 to 40 feet in height. Visit the tree around Lilac Sunday (mid May) to enjoy its profuse racemes of dangling white flowers. These give way in summer to attractive red fruits. A nice example may be visited near Dawson Pond in the Bradley Rosaceous Collection.

Winter is the best time to admire the bark of deciduous trees, after the leaves have fallen and snowy landscapes provide a neutral backdrop for color and texture. Discover the diversity of bark in the living collection this winter, and print out a bark activity for young explorers.

Enjoy more plant highlights...

Field Study Program Finishes Successful Season

Family Programs

The Arnold Arboretum offers a safe and fascinating environment for kids to learn about nature, plants, and ecological diversity. This fall, Arboretum staff and volunteer educators led more than 1,100 pupils from Boston elementary schools through hands-on field studies in the landscape. Students learned how plants disperse seeds, studied how indigenous people used the native plants of New England, and explored ecosystem changes on Hemlock Hill. In addition, preschoolers from local Head Start centers visited this fall, and the Arboretum hosted a special Head Start Family Day event on October 17.

Learn more or find out how to become a field study guide...

Celebrate the Season with Solstice Legends and Song

Winter Solstice

Join us for what has become a seasonal tradition. Celebrate the winter solstice with acclaimed storyteller Diane Edgecomb and musicians Margot Chamberlain and Tom Megan. This performance features solstice legends from Greece, Scandinavia, and England as well as traditional music on Celtic harp, synthesizer, accordion, and voice. Classic evergreen lore, haunting legends of light, humorous tales of the season, and a festive wassail round out this special celebration.

Learn more and register for this special event...

Botanica Exhibition Continues Through December 15

Roadside Foliage by Marty Klein

A lifelong photographer, Marty Klein began using his flatbed scanner as a camera in 2006. His dramatic and colorful images celebrate the unexpected and often overlooked details of natural objects like leaves, tree trunks, and flowers. Close in spirit to both traditional photography and botanical illustration, Marty's work nevertheless creates a surprising and compelling allure of its own. His latest exhibition, Botanica: The Scanography of Marty Klein, continues in the Arnold Arboretum lecture hall through December 15.

Find out more about current and upcoming art shows...

Make History! Enter the Lilac Sunday T-Shirt Contest

Lilac Sunday T-shirt

Feel inspired by the wonderous purple, pink, and white plumes of the lilac? Create a design for the 2010 Lilac Sunday T-shirt and have your artistry highlighted at this popular rite of spring. The competition will be judged by staff, and submissions will be evaluated based on how well they reflect the spirit, history, and beauty of Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum. Deadline for entries is Sunday, January 31. Shown here, the 2009 winning design by Laura Osterweis of Natick, MA.

See competition rules and entry details...

Give the Gift of Arboretum Membership this Season

Hunnewell Building

Give a gift that gives back and helps keep the Arboretum growing. Share the many benefits of Arboretum membership with your loved ones (or treat yourself!) and help sustain the Arboretum's programs for research, horticulture, and education, like the field studies program for children. As a member, your gift recipient will receive a year of great benefits, including free plants, subscriptions to Arboretum publications, and discounts in our bookstore, participating nurseries, and other gardens nationwide. For holiday gifts, please place your order no later than Friday, December 14 to allow for processing and delivery.

Learn more about membership and benefits...

All images from the Arnold Arboretum Archives except solstice event image by Pamela Ruby Russell and courtesy of the performers, and Botanica exhibition image, June Roadside Foliage, courtesy of the artist.

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Richard Pagett Named Interim Managing Director

Richard Pagett

This month, Bob Cook steps down as director of the Arnold Arboretum after nearly 21 years of leadership. The Office of the Provost at Harvard University is currently engaged in identifying his successor. To help oversee operations and programming during the search and subsequent transition period, Harvard has named Richard Pagett as interim managing director. Richard brings 25 years of supervisory experience at Harvard to this assignment, including helping the Arboretum navigate its strategic planning process at the beginning of the decade.

Read the full announcement...


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