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June 2010



In this issue

Arboretum Collaborates with BGCI on Conservation

Spotlight on Cladrastis kentukea

Take A Class to Focus on Garden Renewal

Glimpse: Mixed Media Works by Barbara Hocker

In the Groves: Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Free Theme Tours Make June Ripe for Discovery

Submissions Welcome for Artists in the Arboretum

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 activity 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 classes...

Glimpse: Mixed Media Works by Barbara Hocker


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.

Explore current and upcoming art shows...

In the Groves: Celebrate the Summer Solstice


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.

Browse June events at the Arboretum...

Free Theme Tours Make June Ripe for Discovery


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 Arboretum


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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Arboretum 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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