Arnold Arboretum September Enews
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September 2010


In this issue
  • Arboretum To Expand Access to Collections Archives
  • Members' Plant Giveaway on Saturday, September 25
  • Plant Spotlight on Aronia melanocarpa
  • Asian Longhorned Beetle Featured at Movie Night
  • Take a Class: Artistry and Skills for Garden and Lawn
  • Artists in the Arboretum: JPOS Exhibit Opens 9/22
  • Special Tours Abound in September at the Arboretum

  • Members' Plant Giveaway on Saturday, September 25
    Davidia involucrata

    Want something new and unusual to spruce up your garden? If you're a current member of the Arboretum, be sure to attend the Members' Plant Giveaway on Saturday, September 25. From 10am to 12noon in the Giveaway tent, members may choose a number of free plants based on membership level. All membership transactions at the event will qualify you to receive an additional plant. Staff experts will help you with your selections, and offer tips on planting and after care. Then join staff from the Dana Greenhouses for a free drawing of exceptional specimens from the nursery. Enjoy a morning of fun and flora, and help support the Arboretum's mission to promote and exchange exceptional plants for New England gardens.

    Plant Spotlight on Aronia melanocarpa
    Aronia melanocarpa

    Aronia melanocarpa, the black chokeberry, is a wonderful and highly adaptable native shrub that nonetheless can be difficult to find at retail nurseries. A member of the rose family, black chokeberry grows as a spreading, multi-stemmed shrub with smooth leaves and fragrant white flowers in spring. Attractive black fruits follow and persist into winter. Although dependable fall color is not usually listed among the attributes of the species, several cultivars available at the Members' Plant Giveaway this month at the Arboretum promise superior red to purple foliage at this time of year: 'Autumn Magic', 'Morton', and 'Viking'.

    Asian Longhorned Beetle Featured at Movie Night
    Asian Longhorned Beetle

    Stopping the spread of the destructive Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) has become a priority in Massachusetts since the pest was discovered in Worcester in 2008. The loss of thousands of trees in the Worcester area underscores the critical need for public education and early detection. On Monday, September 20, Maureen McConnell from Worcester's Ecotarium will present Lurking in the Trees, a movie about the threat and consequences of ALB infestation. Maureen will also facilitate a community game to inspire discussion about the issues surrounding the beetle and the tree cuttings necessitated by its discovery.

    Take a Class: Artistry and Skills for Garden and Lawn
    Chainsaw class

    As autumn marks the close of another growing season, take a class at the Arnold Arboretum to make the most of your future garden and lawn efforts. "Make the cut" with Arboretum arborist John DelRosso on Saturday, September 25, as he offers a practical workshop on chainsaw use, safety, and maintenance. On Tuesday, September 28, discover the advantages of lawn renovation at this time of year. Mike Murray of Organic Soil Solutions will introduce organic methods and best practices for healthy soil and lawns. On Thursday, September 30, Christie Dustman will help you reimagine your garden through a revitalized planting plan. Learn this designer's strategies for selecting and arranging plants for visual and seasonal impact.

    Artists in the Arboretum: JPOS Exhibit Opens 9/22
    Sugar Maple Sky

    Each September, the Arboretum joins forces with Jamaica Plain Open Studios to present works that depict and celebrate the majesty of the Arboretum landscape and living collection. The resulting exhibition, Artists in the Arboretum 2010, kicks off with an opening reception in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall on September 22. Jamaica Plain Open Studios runs from 11am to 6pm on September 25 and 26, but you'll be able to enjoy these selections by 26 local artists through October 17.

    Also, don't miss Plein Air in the Arboretum, on exhibit through September 19, showcasing paintings of trees and landscapes captured by New Hampshire's open-air artists.

    Special Tours Abound in September at the Arboretum

    Delve into the work of the Arboretum and explore its rich collections and beautiful landscape. This month is your last chance to check out the Arboretum's cellphone tour Walk with Natives. To find out more about native plants at the Arboretum, a guided version of the tour will be offered on September 11. On September 14, get a behind-the-scenes look at the Arboretum's greenhouses and nurseries. If you're interested in endangered plants and efforts to save them, don't miss a tour on September 18 with former Putnam Fellow Abby Hird, a researcher with Botanic Gardens Conservation International.

    All images from the Arnold Arboretum Archives except ALB image by Linda Haugen of the USDA, and JPOS exhibition image courtesy of Margot Stage.

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    Arboretum To Expand Access to Collections Archives
    Living Collections Archives

    The Arnold Arboretum received a $145,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to improve access to three sets of archival documentation integral to the living collection. Funding will enable staff to digitize more than 50,000 accession cards and 53 registration books, which together document every accessioned plant at the Arboretum between 1872 and 1987. In addition, nearly 1,800 historic maps of the Arboretum landscape will be scanned and georeferenced. When combined with the Arboretum's current digital resources, the completed project will offer online access to data on every accessioned plant ever cultivated at the Arboretum, all primary and secondary documentation for these plants, and historical maps referencing all planting locations since 1938.

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