Arnold Arboretum October Enews



October 2010



In this issue

Ned Friedman Named Arnold Arboretum Director

Hunnewell Family Arboretum Honored by IDS

Bradley Rosaceous Collection Redesign Continues

Enjoy Gardens Nationwide as an Arboretum Member

Take A Class To Explore the Diversity of Conifers

Plant Spotlight on...Aesculus glabra

Free Tours Focus on Seeds and Edible Plants

Tova Speter Presents "Environmentally Friendly" Art

Hunnewell Family Arboretum Honored by IDS

IDS Awards Hunnewell Family

On Sunday, October 3, the International Dendrology Society (IDS) presented its highest honor, the IDS Plaque, to the Hunnewell Family Arboretum in Wellesley, MA. Awarded to a garden or woody plant collection of exceptional merit, the Plaque has never before been given to an American garden. In presenting the Plaque to Willard Hunnewell, Caroline Blake, and Luisa Hunnewell, IDS has recognized a collection with strong historical ties to the Arnold Arboretum. Many of the Hunnewell's rhododendrons have connections to the Arnold Arboretum's founding director, Charles Sprague Sargent, who named the Arboretum's administration building for its benefactor and founder of the Hunnewell Family Arboretum, H. H. Hunnewell. The Hunnewell Family continues to play an important role in the mission of the Arnold Arboretum, most recently endowing its horticultural internship program.

Learn more about IDS...

Bradley Rosaceous Collection Redesign Continues

BRC Renovations

This fall, living collections staff initiated the second phase of a redesign of the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Collection of Rosaceous Plants. Located adjacent to three ponds near the Forest Hills Gate, the seven-acre landscape has displayed the Arboretum's collection of rose family trees and shrubs since the mid 1980s. The renovation addresses institutional goals to enhance the scientific value of the collection, improve the organization and ornamental quality of plants on display, and increase visitor access and interpretation opportunities. Work currently focuses on the northern portion of the garden, referred to as the "rose roundabout", which holds the Arboretum's extensive collection of species and hybrid roses.

Read more about this project...

Enjoy Gardens Nationwide as an Arboretum Member


If your autumn travels include outings to botanical gardens and arboreta, your Arboretum membership entitles you to reciprocal benefits at institutions allied with the American Horticultural Society. Our members may visit more than 200 participating gardens in the United States, Canada, and the U.S. Virgin Islands either free of charge or at reduced rates. New organizations offering reciprocal discounts this year include the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK, and, closer to home, the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens.

Join the Friends of the Arnold Arboretum...

Take A Class To Explore the Diversity of Conifers

Golden Larch

Too often conifers are an afterthought in landscapes, used to screen fences or hide foundations. Gain an appreciation for the array of uses for these fascinating plants and the diversity of their shapes, textures, and colors with Dr. Richard Bitner, author of the Timber Press Pocket Guide to Conifers. On Thursday, October 28, Dr. Bitner will present choice conifers for gardens large and small, including suggestions for particularly challenging sites. On Saturday, October 30, learn how to identify the various kinds of temperate conifers by joining Dr. Bitner for an exploration of the Arboretum's extensive collection of these plants. Take a class at the Arboretum this fall, and learn to grow with the experts!

See all October classes and lectures...

Plant Spotlight on...Aesculus glabra

Aesculus glabra

Although the Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra) rarely grows taller than 50 feet in cultivation, its handsome rounded crown and orange fall color make it stand out in the October landscape. Kin to the horse chestnuts, it exhibits the prickly fruit of its Old World relatives. Fruits are capsules containing one to three brown, nut-like seeds with a white basal scar, calling to mind the plant's common name. A. glabra blooms in spring with relatively inconspicuous, upright clusters of small yellow or greenish-yellow flowers. A much more spectacular floral display is offered by its shrubby counterpart, the bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parviflora), another exceptional native plant. Walk midway down Meadow Road to see the Arboretum's collection of buckeyes, also featured as the Visitor Center's Tree-of-the-Month.

Enjoy more plant highlights in October...

Free Tours Focus on Seeds and Edible Plants

American persimmon

Experience the Arboretum on a guided tour, or learn about its history, collections, and programs from an Arboretum interpreter stationed in the landscape. October offers two special opportunities to delve deeper into the amazing world of plants. On Tuesday, October 19, join visitor education assistant Maggie Redfern for "The Edible Landscape", a stroll among the Arboretum's many trees and shrubs with edible fruits. On Tuesday, October 26, docent Rhoda Kubrick offers "Seeds on the Move", an exploration of the ingenious methods that plants have evolved to propagate themselves in new locations.

Find more fall events...

Tova Speter Presents "Environmentally Friendly" Art

Speter Autumn Series (Detail)

Somerville artist Tova Speter uses found wood as a conduit for artistic expression. The grain serves as her guide on a journey into the lines, shapes, and flow of the composition of the particular piece. In transforming scrap wood into works of art, she conveys the idea that new perspectives can reveal inherent beauty. See her exhibition in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall beginning October 24.

Through October 17, view Artists in the Arboretum, featuring works inspired by the collections and landscape of the Arnold Arboretum, displayed in tandem with Jamaica Plain Open Studios.

Explore current and upcoming art shows...

All images from the Arnold Arboretum Archives except the AHS logo courtesy of the American Horticultural Society, and exhibition image (detail) courtesy of the artist.

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Ned Friedman Named Arnold Arboretum Director

Ned Friedman

The Arnold Arboretum is pleased to announce that Dr. William ("Ned") Friedman has been named as its next director. Ned's appointment at the Arboretum will officially begin on January 1, 2011, and he will also be a tenured professor of organismic and evolutionary biology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.

Currently a faculty member of the University of Colorado, Ned has done extensive research on the origin and early evolution of flowering plants. He intends to foster a broadly integrative plant research program at the Arboretum, while increasing public access to its botanical and horticultural resources.



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