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March 2014

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In this issue
  • Help Make Our Greenhouses Greener
  • DLS Talk Reveals How Civilization Drives Evolution
  • Inspire Nature Study as a School Programs Guide
  • Katsura Tree is 2014 Members' Plant Dividend
  • Garden Talks: Beatrix Potter and Mikyoung Kim
  • Seek Spring Renewal on a Special Theme Tour
  • Practical Classes Spotlight Orchards and Pruning
  • Peters Hill 360: A Landscape Captured in All Seasons
  • Featured Images Explore Plants and History

  • DLS Talk Reveals How Civilization Drives Evolution

    Evolution isn't just ancient history, it's happening today in a variety of contexts, from city parks and farm fields to hospital wards. New York Times columnist Carl Zimmer delivers the next talk in our Director's Lecture Series on March 24, focused on humanity as a change agent, pushing life in new directions. This talk is now fully subscribed; if you would like to be 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 for online viewing later this month. Like us on Facebook for updates.


    Inspire Nature Study as a School Programs Guide
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    Share your love of nature and encourage the environmental stewards of the future. As a volunteer guide in our Field Study experiences for Boston City Schools, you'll help urban school kids connect with plants and explore science outdoors at the Arboretum. Contact us to register for training sessions that provide a foundation for leading small groups of students through hands-on learning activities in our landscape.


    Katsura Tree is 2014 Members' Plant Dividend

    Each spring, the Arnold Arboretum offers members at the Sustaining level ($100) and above the opportunity to receive and grow a woody plant from our greenhouses. This year's plant dividend is katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum), a beautiful deciduous tree native to China and Japan. Its heart-shaped leaves emerge bronze in color, are green through the summer, and turn bright gold in autumn. Qualifying members receive a plant dividend letter in the mail, with additional plant information and a request form. Please respond by March 17.


    Garden Talks: Beatrix Potter and Mikyoung Kim

    The Arboretum celebrates Women's History Month with talks spotlighting the garden sensibilities of two highly influential women: Beatrix Potter and Mikyoung Kim. Landscape historian Marta McDowell sheds light on the extraordinary passion for gardening and plants that inspired the work of children's literature favorite Beatrix Potter, at the Hunnewell Building on March 9. Join acclaimed landscape architect Mikyoung Kim on March 27 at Weld Hill for an exploration of the public spaces she has designed for respite and revitalization. As our collections break out of their dormancy, explore the art and science of gardening at the Arboretum.


    Seek Spring Renewal on a Special Theme Tour

    Take a tour and explore plants in the awakening landscape. The Arboretum offers a variety of theme tours from early spring to late fall, each focusing on a specific subject or area of the collections. On March 9, drop in for our final Winter Wellness Walk of the season, and survey the landscape as it begins to awaken. On March 22, join birder Bob Mayer for a Birding Walk to scout resident and migrating birds. And on March 23, Spring into Health with a brisk walk highlighting plants along some of our less-traveled paths.


    Practical Classes Spotlight Orchards and Pruning

    With spring just around the corner, the Arboretum offers programs to enrich your knowledge of plants and share fresh approaches in the landscape. On March 8, attend a workshop at the Wakefield Estate in Milton to learn everything you need to know about creating your own backyard orchard. On March 15, let Jen Kettell show you how and when to prune your ornamental shrubs for vigorous growth and flowering. See all our spring classes, now posted online.


    Peters Hill 360: A Landscape Captured in All Seasons

    The images in Peters Hill 360 reveal Meri Bond's deep relationship to the Peters Hill landscape. In photographs selected from thousands of images she has captured at the Arboretum, 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.


    Featured Images Explore Plants and History

    Begun in the 1880s, our Horticultural Library's image archives include over 50,000 items. In a range of media from lantern slides to color prints, these resources trace the evolution of the Arboretum landscape, record plants in the living collections, and document the global expeditions of Arboretum plant explorers. Thousands of these images have been digitized and are accessible through the Visual Information Archive (VIA) of the Harvard Libraries. Check out our weekly featured image to trace natural history, one captivating image at a time.


    All images from the Arnold Arboretum Archives except Carl Zimmer photo courtesy of the New York Times and Mikyoung Kim photo courtesy of Mikyoung Kim Design.

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    Help Make Our Greenhouses Greener
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    The Arboretum's spectacular trees, shrubs, and vines begin their lives in the Dana Greenhouses. Since the 1960s, the Dana Greenhouses have been a hub for expanding the Arboretum's collections while supporting global horticulture by testing the growth, habit, and hardiness of plants collected through more than a century of plant exploration. After fifty years of operation, renovations are required to modernize lighting systems and replace windows in the headhouse to improve facilities for propagation and to conserve energy. With one quarter of the total raised to complete these critical updates, the Arboretum is reaching out to our friends to support our $250,000 Campaign for the Dana Greenhouses. With your help, the completion of these enhancements will extend the life of our greenhouses, reap long-term energy savings, and contribute meaningfully to our goals for greater sustainability.

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