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September 2013


In this issue
  • Daphne Minner Appointed Director of Public Programs
  • Fun and Free Plants at the Members' Plant Giveaway
  • Sharing Expertise with Munich Botanical Garden
  • Oh, Nuts! September Collections Up Close Event
  • Classes Explore Ecology, Biodiversity, and Bonsai
  • Experience the Arboretum Anew on a Theme Tour
  • JP Open Studios: Artists in the Arboretum
  • Spotlight on Quercus spp.

  • Fun and Free Plants at the Members' Plant Giveaway
    Plant Giveaway

    The 2013 Members' Plant Giveaway is less than three weeks away! Our appreciation event for members of the Friends of the Arnold Arboretum will be held in the Arboretum landscape on Saturday, September 21 from 10am to noon. Members may select a quantity of free plants based on membership level, engage staff plant experts, and participate in free drawings for choice specimens from the Arboretum nurseries. Most Giveaway selections this year were sourced directly from specimens in the living collections. Become a new member or renew a lapsed membership today to join the fun.

    Sharing Expertise with Munich Botanical Garden
    Horticultural Exchange

    The Arnold Arboretum shares plants with other gardens to expand its own collections and enhance the diversity of plants conserved by public institutions. In August and September, the Arboretum joins Germany's Munich Botanical Garden in an exchange of talent and techniques. For three weeks, Andreas Stadlmayer, Head Gardener of the Arboretum and Rhododendron Grove at Munich, joined our staff to share expertise and approaches to landscape care. A colleague, Victoria Domel, follows in September, while the Arboretum's Steve Schneider and Wes Kalloch each travel to Munich to temporarily join staff there. The exchange was designed to help both institutions enhance collections stewardship, contribute to staff development, and encourage a closer relationship between the gardens.

    Oh, Nuts! September Collections Up Close Event
    Quercus palustris

    Generally speaking, a nut is a dry fruit, typically containing a single seed, which hardens as it matures and does not open to release the seed. The Arnold Arboretum grows many kinds of nut trees, including beeches (Fagus spp.), hickories (Carya spp.), oaks (Quercus spp.), walnuts (Juglans spp.), and filberts (Corylus spp.). Our next free Collections Up Close event focuses on the diversity of nut trees, a food source for both humans and wildlife. Drop by anytime near the Centre Street Gate (opposite Faulkner Hospital) on September 29 from 1-3pm to go on a nut hunt, look closely at a variety of nuts and non-nuts, or take a guided tour to explore nut trees and their importance in horticulture, conservation, and ethnobotany.

    Classes Explore Ecology, Biodiversity, and Bonsai
    Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection

    Autumn kicks off another season of learning and community at the Arnold Arboretum. Browse fall and winter class offerings on our website, and register online to gain new perspectives on plants and nature. On September 12, Erle Ellis challenges notions of "native" and "wild" in considering millennias of human-induced changes to global ecology. Botanist Elsa Pooley visits on September 19 to discuss a region of southeastern Africa which holds the highest tree diversity of any temperate forest on Earth. And on September 28, Senior Research Scientist Peter Del Tredici shares his unique insight as curator of the Arboretum's Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection. Branch out and let your curiosity grow at the Arboretum!

    Experience the Arboretum Anew on a Theme Tour
    Leventritt Garden

    In addition to free general tours offered each Saturday and Sunday at 1pm, theme tours spotlight key aspects of the Arboretum and the magnificent array of plants that grow here. On September 8, Horticultural Apprentice Rachel Brinkman sheds light on the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden, currently undergoing a curatorial review and renovation. Visitor Education Assistant Maggie Redfern tours the Arboretum's laboratory and plant growth facilities at Weld Hill on September 10, and Docent Bob Mayer leads an early fall bird walk on September 28. And on September 14 and 28, Docent Sarah Atherton leads family walks that will delight kids and parents alike.

    JP Open Studios: Artists in the Arboretum

    Each September, the Arboretum partners with Jamaica Plain Open Studios to showcase artworks that depict or are inspired by the beauty of the Arboretum landscape and collections. This year's exhibition will be celebrated with an opening reception in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall on September 20 from 6-8pm. Jamaica Plain Open Studios runs from 11am-6pm on September 21 and 22, but feel free to drop in and enjoy our jury's winning selections through the run of the exhibition, September 14 through October 13.

    Spotlight on Quercus spp.
    Quercus alba

    The 544 oaks that comprise the Arboretum's oak collection represent more than 40 species, but this is just a portion of the great diversity found in the genus Quercus, which totals some 600 species of trees and shrubs. In addition to accessioned oaks collected from around the world, the landscape includes many ancient white oaks (Q. alba) that pre-date the founding of the Arboretum, including a massive individual growing on Peters Hill (pictured). Oaks are the Tree-of-the-Month in our Visitor Center, so stop by to pick up a children's activity guide. Learn more about oaks and other nut trees later this month at the Arboretum's next Collections Up Close event on September 29.

    All images from the Arnold Arboretum Archives except JPOS logo courtesy of Jamaica Plain Open Studios.

    Daphne Minner Appointed Director of Public Programs
    Daphne Minner

    The Arnold Arboretum is pleased to announce that Dr. Daphne Minner has been appointed as Director of Public Programs, and will lead the Arboretum's initiatives for public education. An educator with more than two decades of experience in teaching, research, and program development and evaluation, Daphne has recently held posts locally with Abt Associates in Cambridge and Education Development Center in Waltham. "As a neighbor and dedicated gardener, the Arnold Arboretum has meant a great deal to me as an extraordinary place to explore, learn, and reflect on the natural world," Daphne said. "I am very excited to work with staff and our partners at Harvard and beyond to expand and deepen the educational opportunities that arise through the unique strengths of the Arboretum's living collections and beloved landscape."

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