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April 2010



In this issue

Peter Del Tredici Explores Urban Plants and Ecology

Plant Spotlight on Amelanchier laevis

Celebrate the Vitality of Spring on Members' Tour Day

Practical Classes To Make the Most of Your Garden

The Sacred Forest: Gallery Talk with Lynn Avery

East Meets West and Other Free Tour Opportunities

Explore! Enjoy a Family Hike During Vacation Week

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 lindens.

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

Member 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.

Learn more about becoming a Member...

Practical Classes To Make the Most of Your Garden


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 grow!

Find all April Adult Education classes...

The Sacred Forest: Gallery Talk with Lynn Avery


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 Opportunities


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 Vacation Week


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 617.384.5209.

Browse more April events...

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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Peter Del 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 is required.

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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