Ned Friedman Presents Darwin Lecture at
Charles Darwin spent a lifetime studying the big questions
of evolutionary biology, and he was baffled by the origin of flowering
plants. Recent advances in the fossil record offer clues to understanding
what these plants looked like, where they lived, and how they reproduced.
Join the Arboretum's newly-appointed director, Ned Friedman, at the
Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH) on Thursday, November 4 at
6:00pm for an exploration of what Darwin termed "the abominable
mystery." This lecture will be held at the Geological Lecture Hall,
24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, and is free and open to the public as part
of the Asa
Gray Bicentennial Series.
CTFS To Coordinate Forest Biodiversity
Understanding the effects of global change on environments
is essential in efforts to diminish its impact on all living things.
Partnerships to study changing forest ecosystems are the focus of a
five-year National Science Foundation grant awarded to the Center for
Tropical Forest Science (CTFS), a joint research program of the Arnold
Arboretum and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. CTFS, which
manages a global network of temperate and tropical forest research plots,
will conduct workshops in the Americas and Asia to investigate how
different aspects of diversity affect ecology and tree communities.
Findings will shed light on the resiliency of forests to a changing environment,
and enable informed predictions about their future.
Find out more
about this initiative...
Plant Spotlight on Lindera
Many plants at the Arboretum wait until fall to capture our
attention in the landscape. One such species is Lindera erythrocarpa,
a member of the spice bush family and a native of China, Korea, and
Japan. During the growing season, this shrub or small tree bears dark
green, oblong leaves, which are aromatic when crushed. This month, its
foliage display of stunning yellows is a showstopper. A dioecious species
(male and female flowers on separate plants), L. erythrocarpa
displays small yellow flowers in early spring. Female plants bear small
red fruits if successfully pollinated. The plant pictured is a
30-year-old accession propagated from seed collected in South Korea.
Admire this and other spice bush species along Bussey Hill Road, directly
across from the lilac collection.
November's plant highlights...
Creating a Successful Garden from the
Why can it be difficult to realize our garden ideals? No
matter how much thinking goes into devising a proper scheme, a successful
outcome requires making choices that reflect not only desire but also
practicalities. Join designer Tony Bernstein at the Arboretum for a
5-session workshop exploring core design principles: A Garden In Your
Mind's Eye. Through coaching and exercises, you'll develop strategies to
clarify your vision and develop a cohesive design reflecting your
personality and lifestyle.
classes and lectures...
Free Tours Highlight Bird Edibles and
As the foliage show wanes in the landscape, this is a great
time of year to observe fruiting plants and the wildlife that depend on
them. Join Visitor Education Assistant Marc Devokaitis at the Visitor
Center on Thursday, November 4 at 10:00am for a birds-eye walking tour.
On Saturday, November 6 at 1:00pm, meet Arnoldia Editor Nancy Rose
at the Peters Hill Gate for a fruit-focused walk through our extensive
collection of crabapple trees (Malus sp.). Both explorations are
free, and no registration is required. Don't forget this month also
features the final free docent-guided tours of the year.
See all free
tours this month...
Love Albrecht Howard On Garden Design
Building success as a garden designer requires understanding
the work as a business. Whether you're a practitioner, a new designer, or
thinking about entering the field, you might consider the experience and
wisdom of landscape designer Love Albrecht Howard. In a humorous and
astute talk on November 14, she will explore avenues for acquiring
horticultural proficiencies, producing a business plan, determining fee
structures, and communicating with clients. Her recently released Timber
Press book, So You Want to Be a Garden Designer: How to Get Started,
Grow, and Thrive in the Landscape Design Business, will be available
for purchase at the event.
Reception Celebrates Environmentally
Artwork featured in the current Arboretum exhibition by
Somerville artist Tova Speter explores the sinuous lines, shapes, and
patterns of found wood. Join the artist for a reception in the Hunnewell
Building Lecture Hall on Sunday, November 7 from 1:00 to 3:00pm. If wood
grain reveals the story of a tree, Environmentally Friendly, on
view through December 12, offer a unique and colorful perspective on its
and upcoming art shows...
All images from
the Arnold Arboretum Archives except Ned Friedman photo by Justin Ide/Harvard
Gazette, garden photo courtesy of Tony Bernstein, book jacket
courtesy of the author and Timber Press, and exhibition image (detail)
courtesy of the artist.
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in China Yields New Collections
Curator of Living Collections Michael Dosmann collected
plants in China this fall as the Arboretum's representative for the North
America-China Plant Exploration Consortium (NACPEC). Travelling for three
weeks in parts of Shaanxi, Hebei, and Beijing Provinces, Dosmann
documented and collected temperate woody plants with Tony Aiello of the
Morris Arboretum and Kang Wang of the Beijing Botanic Garden. More than
40 unique seed and herbarium collections were made, including species of
ash (Fraxinus) and maple (Acer), a number of which are new
to the Arboretum.
Since 1991, members of NACPEC have collaborated to explore
China's astounding biodiversity. In recognition of the consortium's
forthcoming twentieth anniversary, the current issue of the Arboretum's
magazine Arnoldia focuses on its mission, activities, and some of
the exceptional plants obtained over the past two decades.
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