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February 2014


In this issue
  • Research Talks Spotlight Current Plant Science
  • Director's Series Talk Explores the Denial of Science
  • Grow a Young Plant and Partner in our Mission
  • Explore Junipers and Dwarf Conifers on Snowshoes
  • Walk for Health with a Dose of Seasonal Interest
  • Exhibition Captures Peters Hill in All Seasons
  • Plant Spotlight on Calocedrus decurrens
  • Botany in Art Tour Visits Worcester Art Museum

  • Director's Series Talk Explores the Denial of Science

    For over 25 years Eugenie Scott has been a researcher and activist for promoting the teaching of evolution, most recently affecting policy on this issue as Director of the National Center for Science Education. On February 10 as the second speaker in our Director's Lecture Series, she will draw parallels between the denialism of evolution and the questioning of human-induced climate change. This talk is now fully subscribed; if you would like your name added to the waiting list, or if you pre-registered and can no longer attend, please contact us. This talk will be recorded by the WGBH Forum Series and will be available to view online later this month.

    Grow a Young Plant and Partner in our Mission

    Share an Arboretum tradition that keeps growing! Each spring, Arboretum members at the Sustaining level ($100) and above may choose to receive and grow a woody plant from our greenhouses. This year's plant, Cercidiphyllum japonicum, or katsura, is a hardy and often multi-stemmed tree from China and Japan, best known for its delicate heart-shaped leaves that turn gold and emit a sugary scent in fall. Qualifying members will receive a plant dividend letter in the mail later this month, with additional information and a plant request form. Join or upgrade today to take part.

    Explore Junipers and Dwarf Conifers on Snowshoes

    Enjoy a trek through the dwarf conifer and juniper collections on snowshoes with Arboretum Horticulturist Jen Kettell. Along the way, Jen will help you identify common conifers, share the histories of key plants and the two collections, and describe their microclimate in this part of the Arboretum. Bring snowshoes and dress warmly for a winter outing. See our online calendar for all winter and early spring programs.

    Walk for Health with a Dose of Seasonal Interest

    Need a cure for cabin fever? The Arboretum offers two more opportunities to keep fit and keep connected with plants and nature at this time of year. Join us for a winter wellness walk on February 9 and March 9 to share a brisk jaunt through the Arboretum's historical landscape. Admire the bark and branch architecture of trees and encounter seasonal highlights along the route.

    Exhibition Captures Peters Hill in All Seasons

    The images in Peters Hill 360: Photographs by Meri Bond, an exhibition starting February 8 in the Hunnewell Building, reveal the artist's enchantment with the Peters Hill landscape. In these evocative images, individual trees become time travelers and views take on new dimensions with the passage of time. Revisiting the same trees again and again, Bond explores a fascination with light and shadow through the full circle of seasons. Join the artist for an opening reception on February 15 from 1-3pm.

    Plant Spotlight on Calocedrus decurrens

    With beautiful, dark green foliage and peeling, cinnamon-red bark, California incense cedar (Calocedrus decurrens) adds ornamental flair to the midwinter landscape. At this time of year, this conifer native to the American West may be tinged with flecks of golden pollen shed from its yellow pollen cones. You can admire the Arboretum's oldest accessions of this tree near the top of Hemlock Hill, a trio wild collected in California in 1898. Find out more this month in our Visitor Center, or download an activity guide [pdf] to search for a hidden letterbox in our landscape.

    Botany in Art Tour Visits Worcester Art Museum

    See how plants have been represented in art through history on a tour of the Worcester Art Museum with botanist and author Judith Sumner. On March 1, enjoy the wide array of botanical images in the museum's collections, from the bonsai depictions in Chinese jade to the images of stylized fruit decorating ancient floor mosaics. Gain a new appreciation for the role of plants in art, while delving into the richness and variety of Worcester's art treasures.

    All images from the Arnold Arboretum Archives except research talks image courtesy of Lizzie Wolkovich; photography exhibition photograph courtesy of Meri Bond; and mosaic image in the public domain courtesy of the Worcester Museum of Art.

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    Research Talks Spotlight Current Plant Science

    The Arnold Arboretum hosts a weekly seminar series at the Weld Hill Research Building illuminating work by Arboretum researchers and affiliated scientists from Harvard and other universities. On February 18, Assistant Professor Lizzie Wolkovich of the Arnold Arboretum and Harvard University OEB will review her recent studies on how climate change and plant invasions alter plant and arthropod communities. If you would like to attend a public program geared to a general audience on this topic, register for Lizzie's April talk in the Hunnewell Building, The Race for Spring: How Climate Change Alters Plant Communities.

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