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July 2010



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Explore the Dana Greenhouses with Arboretum Staff

Spotlight on Rhododendron prunifolium

Member Benefit: See How Their Gardens Grow

Take A Class to Render Plants Larger Than Life

Glimpse: Mixed Media Works by Barbara Hocker

July 14 Deadline for Artists in the Arboretum

Spotlight on Rhododendron prunifolium


One of the less-known members of the Rhododendron family is R. prunifolium, commonly referred to as plumleaf azalea. Among the North American azaleas, it stands out with the most glabrous (or smooth) foliage and the latest period of bloom. Introduced by the Arnold Arboretum and hardy in the Boston area, R. prunifolium is a native of the Georgia-Alabama border, along the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries. Today, it is unfortunately at risk of disappearing across its natural range. The Arboretum's collection includes plants from different populations, and R. prunifolium is held as one of nine rare-plant collections for the Center for Plant Conservation. You can find plumleaf azaleas growing along Meadow Road, close to the maples.

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Member Benefit: See How Their Gardens Grow


If your day trip or vacation travels include outings to botanical gardens and arboreta, you can take advantage of reciprocal benefits available to you as a member of the Arnold Arboretum. Free or discounted admission, free parking, and retail discounts are some of the ways your Arboretum membership may help make the most of your trip to institutions allied with the American Horticultural Society. Visit more than 200 participating gardens in the United States, Canada, and the U.S. Virgin Islands free of charge or at reduced rates. Join the Friends of the Arnold Arboretum today, and learn more about participating gardens here.

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Take A Class to Render Plants Larger Than Life


In addition to its beauty and popular appeal, botanical art has long served science in accurately conveying plant characteristics. Learn how to improve your own observational and drawing skills on July 24 and 25 with Jeanne Kunze's workshop, Elements of Drawing: Larger than Life. The class focuses on magnified rendering techniques that reveal details not possible at a smaller scale. Develop your skills to accurately express the subtlety of light, shadow, and texture in your illustrations, while portraying flowers in a new and exciting way. This class is held at the Wellesley College Botanical Garden, and is beneficial for beginners to more advanced artists.

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Glimpse: Mixed Media Works by Barbara Hocker


Barbara Hocker often begins her artworks by taking digital photographs of trees in Connecticut's forests and nature preserves. Using these photographs as a base medium, she builds her images and creates expressive impact through the tactile qualities of paper, encaustic, and collage. Her resulting works seemlessly combine the elements of photography, printmaking, and digital media. On display in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall through August 1, Barbara's exhibit, Glimpse, fuses a material sensibility with natural themes to capture fleeting moments and intimate details.

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July 14 Deadline for Artists in the Arboretum


The juried exhibition Artists in the Arboretum, held each September in conjunction with Jamaica Plain Open Studios, showcases works of art inspired by the Arnold Arboretum. Artists interested in having their works selected for this show must offer submissions no later than Wednesday, July 14. While works for the show are not required to depict the Arboretum, they should reflect the mission or aesthetic of the institution, its collections, or its landscape. Visit the Arboretum website for more information, including the submission form and full entry requirements.

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All images from the Arnold Arboretum Archives except AHS logo courtesy of the American Horticultural Society, exhibition image courtesy of Barbara Hocker, and JP Open Studios image courtesy of the Jamaica Plain Arts Council.

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Explore the Dana Greenhouses with Arboretum Staff


To facilitate its plant production activities, the Arboretum receives approximately 200 accessions of seed each year, in addition to seedlings, softwood and hardwood cuttings, and grafts. These plants are grown at the Arboretum's Dana Greenhouses and held in its surrounding nurseries until they reach an appropriate size for planting, a process that on average takes five to seven years. Though the greenhouses are generally closed to the public, a number of tours this summer with greenhouse staff offer visitors a rare glimpse inside. Join us on July 6, August 3, or September 7 at 1:00pm at the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection; please note tours are limited to 15 individuals, and are filled on a first come, first served basis.

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