Spotlight on Cladrastis kentukea
The American yellowwood, Cladrastis kentukea, offers
multi-season interest. In spring, its leaves emerge a yellowish green in
color, providing an attractive contrast to the darker foliage of many
other shade trees. This color evolves to a bright green by summer, and
finishes in fall as a soft yellow or gold. In winter, admire its smooth,
light gray bark. Early this month, look for yellowwood to dazzle with
white, fragrant flowers clustered on pendulous panicles. Like many of its
relatives in the pea family (Fabaceae), yellowwood develops a flattened
seed pod that turns brown in late fall. Visit examples of this great
American tree in the wedge of land between Meadow Road and Bussey Hill
Road, just north of Rehder Pond.
Another great June bloomer, Liriodendron tulipifera,
the tulip tree, is the Visitor Center's Tree-of-the-Month. Drop by for an
guide, or directions to seasonal highlights in the landscape.
Enjoy more of
June's plant highlights...
Take A Class to Focus on Garden Renewal
Summer is an opportunity to sink our hands into the soil and
get to know the plants working their magic around us. On June 3, get
inspired by former House & Garden editor-in-chief Dominique
Browning's experience of upheaval and subsequent renewal through the act
of gardening. On June 13, join plant records manager Kyle Port on a trek
through the Arboretum to identify the 25 most common trees in Boston. On
June 17, get creative with vertical space in the garden by exploring
woody vines with Arboretum horticultural technologist Jen Kettell.
Don't forget...Arboretum members
receive a 20% discount on classes. Join today and get growing!
Browse all June
Glimpse: Mixed Media Works by Barbara
The mixed media works of Barbara Hocker reflect her interest
in Wabi-Sabi, the Japanese aesthetic centered on the acceptance of
transience and imperfection. The works in her Arboretum exhibition,
Glimpse: Mixed Media by Barbara Hocker, display both a strong material
sensibility and an affinity with nature in capturing fleeting moments and
subtle details. Beginning with digital images, Barbara delicately layers
her works and creates depth through the tactile qualities of paper,
encaustic, and branches. Glimpse opens on Saturday, June 19 at 1:00pm
with an artist talk and reception in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall,
and runs through August 1.
and upcoming art shows...
In the Groves: Celebrate the Summer
Observe the arrival of summer with an evening of tree lore
and solstice legends performed in the Arboretum landscape by renowned
storyteller Diane Edgecomb and Celtic harpist Margot Chamberlain. Diane
and Margot enthrall audiences with tales illustrating how humans have
connected with trees and assigned meanings to them through the ages.
These unique performances on June 18 and 19 were designed especially for
the Arboretum, and culminate with a haunting Czech legend, The Wild
Woman of the Birch Grove, told beneath the birches of Bussey Hill at
sunset. Admission to each performance is $20 per person, and the program
is appropriate for adults and children ten years and older.
events at the Arboretum...
Free Theme Tours Make June Ripe for
Explore the Arboretum on a free guided tour. On June 12,
curator Michael Dosmann will show you there's more to the rose family of
plants than just roses. On June 16, join Michael for a an enlightening
look at trees and shrubs from the Korean peninsula. Arboretum visitor
education staff offer a tour on June 17 (repeating July 16, August 15,
and September 11) that delves deeper into the plants featured in the
Arboretum's current self-guided cellphone tour, Walk with Natives.
See all free
tours in June...
Submissions Welcome for Artists in the
Each September, in conjunction with Jamaica Plain Open
Studios, the Arboretum displays works of art inspired by its collections
and landscape. Through July 14, the Arboretum welcomes submissions from
artists for a juried group exhibition: Artists in the Arboretum. While
works for the show are not required to depict the Arboretum, they should
reflect its mission or aesthetic. Visit our website for more information,
including the submission
form and full entry requirements.
Find out more
about Artists in the Arboretum...
All images from
the Arnold Arboretum Archives except Dominique Browning image by Frances
Palmer, exhibition image courtesy of Barbara Hocker, solstice performance
image courtesy of Diane Edgecomb, and JP Open Studios image courtesy of
the Jamaica Plain Arts Council.
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Collaborates with BGCI on Conservation
How much of our native plant diversity is currently safeguarded
in public gardens? An initiative currently underway by Botanic Gardens
Conservation International (BGCI) in partnership with the Arnold
Arboretum and the United States Botanic Garden aims to find out. With
more than a third of Earth's plant species threatened with extinction,
the project will document the collective conservation efforts employed by
North American institutions and set in motion plans to increase the
number of species conserved across the continent.
Led by Abby Hird (above, currently with BGCI and formerly a
Putnam research fellow at the Arboretum), the project will enable public
gardens to better understand their individual contributions to preserving
plant diversity, and place those efforts within a global network. Hear
Abby describe this important initiative and the Arboretum's work for
plant conservation at a free lunchtime talk in the Hunnewell Building
Lecture Hall on Tuesday, June 8 at 12:15pm (no registration required).
Read more about
the Arboretum's conservation partnerships...
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