June 2012


In this issue
  • New Mobile Applications Help You Explore
  • Arboretum's 2011 Annual Report Available Online
  • June is International Month for Free Tours
  • Save-the-Date: 2012 Members' Plant Giveway
  • June Classes: Vines, Weeds, and Tree Legends
  • Try Out Family Discovery Packs this Summer
  • Plant Spotlight on Spiraea
  • Artist Talk by Gordon Morrison on June 27

  • Arboretum's 2011 Annual Report Available Online
    2011 Annual Report

    The Arnold Arboretum witnessed significant change in 2011, from the arrival of a new director to the opening of the Weld Hill Research and Administration Building. Read highlights of the Arboretum's current work in the 2011 Annual Report, now available in print and online. Learn more about current research initiatives, conservation and exploration efforts both at home and abroad, and our expanding education opportunities for people of all ages.

    June is International Month for Free Tours
    Stewartia pseudocamillia

    The Arboretum's collection of plants is truly international in character, and this diversity is celebrated in June with free tours in ten different languages. A fresh way to explore the landscape, International Month also presents a great opportunity for non-English speakers and foreign language students to learn more about the Arboretum. Hear engaging stories about our history, design, mission, and activities while enjoying plant highlights of late spring.

    Save-the-Date: 2012 Members' Plant Giveway
    Plant Giveaway

    Arboretum members, mark your calendars for the 2012 Members' Plant Giveaway: Saturday, September 15 at the Arboretum. The event offers members the opportunity to select a number of free plants based on membership level, as part of our mission to promote and exchange exceptional trees, shrubs, and vines for New England gardens. Staff experts will help you with your selections and offer advice on planting and care, and the event will conclude with a free drawing for exceptional specimens from the Arboretum nursery.

    June Classes: Vines, Weeds, and Tree Legends
    Woody Vines

    The Arboretum offers some compelling programs this month to enhance your knowledge of woody plants and forge new connections with the natural world. On Tuesday, June 19, join Arboretum Horticultural Technologist Jen Kettell to explore an array of woody vines to accentuate vertical space in the garden. On Tuesday, June 26, UMass Extension Weed Specialist Randy Prostak presents a workshop focused on identifying and eradicating broadleaf weeds in New England landscapes. And for a unique and enthralling journey through the Arboretum, join storyteller Diane Edgecomb and Celtic harpist Margot Chamberlain on Friday, June 15 or Saturday, June 16 for a summer solstice evening of stories and songs shared "In the Groves."

    Try Out Family Discovery Packs this Summer
    Discover Packs

    This month the Arboretum launches free Discovery Packs for family fun in the landscape, supported by a gift from the Arnold Arboretum Committee. Be part of the Explorer's Club and go on an adventure in the Arboretum. Living Museum or Science Lab backpacks can be borrowed from the Visitor Center in the Hunnewell Building and are suitable for families with kids over the age of three.

    Plant Spotlight on Spiraea
    Spiraea fritschiana

    The Arboretum's extensive collection of rose family plants grow near the Forest Hill Gate in the recently renovated Bradley Rosaceous Collection. In addition to the variety of species and ornamental roses that flower at this time of year, several species of Spiraea shrubs are quite showy with panicles of white- or pink-petaled flowers. Valued for centuries by gardeners for their hardiness and ornamental qualities, Spiraea was also used as a medicinal herbal tea by Native Americans. The Arboretum's collection includes nearly 200 plants from throughout the temperate world, including species named for Founding Director Charles Sprague Sargent (S. sargentiana) and Arboretum plant explorer Ernest Henry Wilson (S. wilsonii). See multiple accessions of S. virginiana, a native and endangered plant conserved at the Arboretum in collaboration with the Center for Plant Conservation.

    Artist Talk by Gordon Morrison on June 27
    Gordon Morrison

    For more than forty years, Gordon Morrison has honed his art of depicting plants, animals, and places in pencil drawings and watercolor paintings. With no formal training in the sciences, he has relied on close observation of organisms in the field to create his depictions of nature, which have appeared as illustrations in numerous publications. View his current retrospective exhibition A Natural Curiosity at the Arboretum through July 1, and attend an artist talk on Wednesday, June 27 at 7:00pm in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall.

    All images from the Arnold Arboretum Archives except botanical artwork by Gordon Morrison.

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    New Mobile Applications Help You Explore
    Mobile Collections Researcher

    On Lilac Sunday, the Arnold Arboretum launched a pair of new mobile applications to aid explorations of the landscape. Part of a wider initiative to expand access to the Arboretum's collections, Mobile Collections Researcher and Arnold Arboretum Navigator employ geographic information system (GIS) data to enable smartphone and tablet users to map and gather data for the more than 15,000 trees, shrubs, and vines grown in the Arboretum landscape. Now you can locate plants in the landscape, search the collection, or view seasonal plant highlights with just a few easy clicks. Try one or both of these applications on your next Arboretum visit, and please offer your feedback to assist their future development.

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