Hunnewell Family Arboretum Honored by
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.
Bradley Rosaceous Collection Redesign
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.
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Enjoy Gardens Nationwide as an Arboretum
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.
Friends of the Arnold Arboretum...
Take A Class To Explore the Diversity of
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
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.
plant highlights in October...
Free Tours Focus on Seeds and Edible
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
Tova Speter Presents
"Environmentally Friendly" Art
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.
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
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Named Arnold Arboretum Director
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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