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July 2013


In this issue
  • Putnam Fellow Begins Study of Arboretum Vines
  • Fostering Plants and Careers at the Arboretum
  • 2013 Plant Giveaway Focuses on Collections
  • July Classes: Shrubs, Plant Families, & Spirits
  • Through A Child's Eye: Special Talk on July 17
  • Savor the Sights of Summer on a Free Tour
  • Spotlight on Smoketrees
  • Call for Artists: Jamaica Plain Open Studios Exhibit

  • Fostering Plants and Careers at the Arboretum
    Norfolk Aggie Interns

    Since 2008, the Arnold Arboretum has provided exceptional juniors from Norfolk County Agricultural High School with hands-on training and educational programming. This June, students interned with our horticultural crew to learn how public gardens and arboreta care for their important plant collections. While working with staff in the Bussey Brook conifer collection and in the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden, "Aggie" interns explored the world of public horticulture while building skills in tree climbing, pruning, and turf and soil care.

    2013 Plant Giveaway Focuses on Collections
    Malus sargentii

    On September 21, members of the Friends of the Arnold Arboretum will have the opportunity to select complimentary trees, shrubs, and vines at the Members' Plant Giveaway as thanks for their support. For the first time, most of the selections have been propagated from seed and cuttings collected by staff from accessioned plants in our landscape. Grow historical lineages of Arboretum plants as your own, like dawn redwood (Metaseqouia glyptostroboides) and Sargent's crabapple (Malus sargentii, pictured). Become a member or renew today to take part, and you'll receive our mailing with full details and a list of available plants in August.

    July Classes: Shrubs, Plant Families, & Spirits
    Drunken Botanist

    Take a class this July to gain a deeper appreciation for the diversity of the plant kingdom and how it enriches our lives. On July 10, join Curator of Living Collections Michael Dosmann for the summer installment of his seasonal exploration of choice shrubs at the Arboretum. Botanist Carol Govan will lead three consecutive Saturday sessions at Garden in the Woods surveying four remarkable families of flowering plants. And on July 24, award-winning author Amy Stewart returns to discuss the botanical history of wine and spirits, followed by a tasting of locally-crafted beverages.

    Through A Child's Eye: Special Talk on July 17
    BTUS Exhibition

    For the past two years, educators from the Arnold Arboretum have partnered with faculty at the Boston Teachers Union School to engage students in elementary science investigations. The vivid illustrations students make as they observe plants and animals provide the focus for our current art exhibition, Through a Child's Eye. Join us on July 17 at 6:00pm for a gallery talk with science specialist Ana Maria Caballero, joined by teachers from the BTU School. Learn more about this educational collaboration, and enjoy a unique look at how beginning scientists perceive and respond to the natural world.

    Savor the Sights of Summer on a Free Tour
    Stewartia 'Scarlet Sentinel'

    From flowers and fragrance to fruits and bark, there is always something to inspire wonder at the Arnold Arboretum. Enjoy a guided or self-guided tour and enjoy making new discoveries! Free guided tours are offered each Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm, led by friendly and knowledgeable docents. To discover the many facets of the Arboretum at your own pace, select a self-guided tour from our website to explore one or more of our featured collections.

    Spotlight on Smoketrees
    Cotinus coggygria

    Plants in the genus Cotinus are commonly called smoketrees or smokebushes, due to the persistent hairs that make their inflorescences look like plumes of smoke. C. coggygria (pictured) has a broad range across Eurasia, and its large inflorescences provide a spectacular display through the summer. Our native smoke tree, C. obovatus, is a generally larger and courser plant in comparison, and its flowers more modest. In autumn, however, it dazzles with a spectrum of foliage color from orange to scarlet and purple. Smoketrees are the Tree-of-the-Month for July in our Visitor Center, so stop by to learn more or pick up an activity guide.

    Call for Artists: Jamaica Plain Open Studios Exhibit
    JPOS Exhibition

    Local artists are invited to submit works inspired by the plants and landscape of the Arnold Arboretum for the upcoming Artists in the Arboretum juried exhibition, organized in conjunction with Jamaica Plain Open Studios. Artists do not need to live or work in Jamaica Plain, but all entries submitted for consideration should be two-dimensional, such as paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, and prints. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, July 25 at midnight, with decisions announced on August 12.

    All images from the Arnold Arboretum Archives except book cover courtesy of the author and Algonquin Books.

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    Putnam Fellow Begins Study of Arboretum Vines
    Stacey Young

    The Arnold Arboretum has awarded a Putnam Fellowship to Dr. Stacey Young to conduct independent research utilizing the living collections. Stacey received her PhD from the University of Connecticut where her work examined invasive plant species in New England. Her research comparing American bittersweet (Celastrus scandens) with the invasive oriental bittersweet (C. orbiculatus) ignited her interest in lianas (woody vines). As a Putnam Fellow, Stacey will continue on this path with investigations in the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Collection. Studying North American and East Asian liana species, she will investigate similarities and differences in their functional traits when grown in a common environment.

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