Plant Spotlight on Amelanchier laevis
In addition to such landscape luminaries as magnolia,
cherry, and forsythia, a number of other wonderful but lesser-known
plants come into flower this month at the Arboretum. One of these is Amelanchier
laevis, the Allegheny serviceberry, a native member of the rose
family. In mid-to-late April, Allegheny serviceberry produces attractive
white flowers, borne in drooping clusters. Sweet, purple-black fruits
mature in summer, and in fall its leaves turn yellow to red. A rapid
grower, A. laevis typically attains a height of 15 to 25 feet with
a smaller spread. View examples in the Arboretum collection along Willow
Path near the edge of the meadow, and along Meadow Road across from the
Amelanchier is the Tree-of-the-Month
for April. Stop by the Visitor Center to learn more, or print out an activity
guide for kids of all ages.
Explore more of
April's plant highlights...
Celebrate the Vitality of Spring on
Members' Tour Day
Get in the swing of spring! Enjoy the start of the flowering
season on Members' Tour Day, Saturday, May 1 at 10:00am. This annual
event features a variety of themed walking tours, and is a great
opportunity for members to explore the living collection with the
Arboretum's plant experts. Join us for a morning of fun and discovery in
the Arboretum landscape.
Member Tour Day is free, but open only to members of the
Friends of the Arnold Arboretum. Reserve space by contacting the membership
office by Friday, April 23.
about becoming a Member...
Practical Classes To Make the Most of
Gaining a better grasp of basic design concepts and
horticultural techniques can help you make vast improvements to your
garden. Classes this month at the Arnold Arboretum focus on helping you
step up your approach to the landscape. Learn techniques and special
considerations for growing vegetables in urban gardens with Abby Hird.
Arboretum Horticulturist Jen Kettell highlights exceptional examples of
low-growing and ground-covering woody plants. Give your new plants a
great start by using Arborist John DelRosso's demonstrated techniques for
planting and transplanting. Take a class this spring and get ready to
Find all April
Adult Education classes...
The Sacred Forest: Gallery Talk with
Lynn Avery is an accomplished artist who captures the
spiritual aspects of nature in her current exhibition at the Arboretum,
The Sacred Forest. On view in the Hunnewell Building lecture hall through
April 25, the large-scale works summon the awesome intensity of trees and
speak to the mounting risks they face in an ever-developing world. Delve
deeper into these themes at a free gallery talk with the artist on
Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30pm.
Learn more and
view all upcoming exhibitions...
East Meets West and Other Free Tour
Every visit to the Arboretum rewards the senses and
refreshes the spirit. Make the most of your next exploration on a free
guided tour led by a knowledgeable docent. Tours begin on April 10 and
include introductions to seasonal plant highlights, insights into the
Arboretum's research and collections, and much more. On April 25 at
1:00pm, join Arboretum docent Jane Phipps for East Meets West, a theme
tour exploring the fascinating relationships between the plants of
eastern Asia and eastern North America.
See all free
tours offered in April...
Explore! Enjoy a Family Hike During
Share some time outdoors with your kids over spring break.
Enjoy a vacation week family adventure in the Arboretum landscape by
searching for signs of spring on one of two guided nature hikes, April 20
and 23 at 1:00pm. Bring water and a snack (and binoculars, if you have
them); wear sneakers or hiking boots and a hat. Hikes begin at the
Hunnewell Visitor Center and are appropriate for children aged 6 to 12
with an accompanying adult. In case of inclement weather, please call
All images from
the Arnold Arboretum Archives except Peter Del Tredici photo by Susan
Klaw and exhibition image courtesy of Lynn Avery.
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Tredici Explores Urban Plants and Ecology
Senior Research Scientist Peter Del Tredici has spent
several years cataloging the usually overlooked plants that dominate our
cityscapes. His research forms the basis of his new book, Wild Urban
Plants of the Northeast, a first-of-its-kind field guide to
spontaneous urban vegetation. In a presentation and book signing at the
Arboretum on Thursday, April 15 at 6:30pm, Peter will make a case
for improving our understanding and appreciation of these plants and the
ecological services they provide. A limited number of seats remain for
this free event, and advance registration
Dr. Del Tredici will also present this topic at the Harvard
Museum of Natural History on Monday, April 11 at 2:00pm. Seating for
the HMNH talk is included with museum admission; Arnold Arboretum and
HMNH members will be admitted free. Advance registration is not available
for this event.
Read more about
these and other spring events...
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