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July 2012

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In this issue
  • 2012 Putnam Fellow Studies Arboretum Conifers
  • Norfolk Aggie Interns Explore Careers Amid the Trees
  • Grow More for Less with Members' Nursery Discounts
  • Evolution of Birds: A Stroll Through Time
  • New Discovery Packs Encourage Family Adventures
  • Spotlight on the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection
  • Ex-Herbario: Works by Susan Hardy Brown
  • Savor the Summer Landscape on a Free Tour

  • Norfolk Aggie Interns Explore Careers Amid the Trees
    NCAHS Practicum

    This spring the Arnold Arboretum served as an enriching classroom for students from Norfolk County Agricultural High School (NCAHS). Students received four weeks of hands-on training in woody plant care and public landscape management. With mentoring by the Arboretum's horticulture staff, students put in news beds and tended plants in the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden, and lent their help to efforts to revitalize the crabapple collection on Peters Hill. The Arboretum's educational partnership with NCAHS, currently in its fifth year, also includes lectures and walks by staff, herbarium and plant records activities, and practice with propagating and greenhouse cultivation.


    Grow More for Less with Members' Nursery Discounts
    Amelanchier_laevis

    Membership revenue helps the Arboretum flourish, and our Nursery Discount Program can help you grow a beautiful garden. Through a partnership with our friends in the nursery trade, this benefit enables Arboretum members to save money on plant material and other gardening needs at participating nurseries and mail order suppliers nationwide. See the list of participating nurseries; please contact the membership office to suggest new partners.


    Evolution of Birds: A Stroll Through Time
    Red-winged blackbird

    Join us for a free walk-and-talk on the origin and evolution of birds. Arkhat Abzhanov's laboratory group at Harvard University is studying how alterations in the embryonic development of birds can explain evolutionary changes at both small and large scales. On this walk in the Arboretum landscape, Arkhat will speak about the evolution of avian heads from their dinosaur ancestors to the birds we encounter every day. He will also explain how birds evolved the stunning and highly adaptive diversity of their beaks, using studies by his own group that range from analyses of dinosaur skulls to beak development in Darwin's finches.


    New Discovery Packs Encourage Family Adventures
    Discovery Packs

    This summer, borrow a Discovery Pack from the Visitor Center and experience fun-filled explorations of the Arboretum landscape with your family. Choose either a Living Museum or Science Lab backpack for your expedition, and set out well-equipped for adventure. Each pack features supplies and instructions for four activities suitable for kids of all ages. Try one or all of the activities during your visit, and enjoy new discoveries at every turn.


    Spotlight on the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection
    Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection

    The core plants of the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection arrived from Japan 100 years ago next year, making their residency perhaps the longest of any surviving bonsai in America. Nine large and spectacular specimens of Hinoki cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Chabo-hiba') anchor this diverse collection of dwarfed plants, on display in the shade house near the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden. The thirty-five masterfully curated specimens delight visitors of all ages, providing a contemporary encounter with an ancient art. Learn more about the history and culture of these fascinating and beautiful trees in the featured collections pages of our website.


    Ex-Herbario: Works by Susan Hardy Brown
    Ex-Herbario Exhibition

    An exhibition a quarter-century in the making, Ex-Herbario presents artworks by Curatorial Assistant Susan Hardy Brown that reflect her career at the Arboretum as a herbarium preparator. The ephemera associated with her daily work--pages from international newspapers used to press plants in the field, extraneous labels, and seeds and other plant parts--provide some of materials and inspiration for these evocative and layered works. Her paintings renew these found materials and offer viewers a unique perspective into the realm of preserving plants for identification and long-term study.


    Savor the Summer Landscape on a Free Tour
    Guided Tours

    From flowers and fragrance to fruits and bark, the Arnold Arboretum offers a dynamic landscape rich in botanical diversity for year-round explorations. This summer, enjoy a guided or self-guided tour and experience the Arboretum and its collections in a new light. Free guided tours are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, led by knowledgeable docents. Check our website for a variety of self-guided tours that allow you to discover the many facets of the Arboretum at your own pace. Many new self-guided tours of our featured collections invite visitors to gain a deeper understanding of some of the Arboretum's most distinctive destinations.


    All images from the Arnold Arboretum Archives except Ex-Herbario image courtesy of Susan Hardy Brown.

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    2012 Putnam Fellow Studies Arboretum Conifers
    Guang-You Hao

    Dr. Guang-You Hao was recently awarded a Putnam Fellowship to conduct independent research utilizing the Arboretum's extensive conifer collection. Dr. Hao studies the mechanisms employed by plants to adapt to their environments. As Putnam Fellow, Dr. Hao will compare various evergreen and deciduous conifers, investigating whether differences in growth form and foliage persistence may influence the ability of these plants to colonize or adapt to specific environments. The Katharine H. Putnam Fellowship Awards in Plant Science are made possible by the generosity of George and Nancy Putnam through the Putnam Fellows Fund.

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