A History of Path-making at the Arnold Arboretum
At the time of the Arboretum's founding in 1872, the land it occupies was a patchwork of farmland and forest. As the Arboretum was planted, pathways were developed to lead visitors through the picturesque landscape. Learn how culture and economics, among other factors, subtly influenced the park’s path systems. Free Zoom Webinar
Every Pecan Tree: Trees, Meaning, and Memory in Enslaved People’s Lives
This is the third lecture in the Arnold Arboretum's 2021 Director's Lecture Series. Tiya Miles takes up the pecan tree as inspiration for exploring the meaning of trees in the lives of enslaved African Americans. Using a family heirloom, slave narratives, oral histories, and missionary records, her talk underscores the importance of trees in the Black experience of captivity and resistance, ultimately revealing the centrality of the natural world to Black, and indeed human, survival. (View the series on our Director's Lecture Series .) Free Zoom Webinar
Beech Leaf Disease
Beech leaf disease (BLD) affects and kills both native and ornamental beech tree species. Drs. James LaMondia and Robert Marra will share what is known of this recently discovered disease, the nematode associated with it, and ongoing research to control spread of BLD. Register for this free Zoom webinar offered by Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens and the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.
Resilience: Art in the Time of COVID-19 by Lois Cremmins
For artist Lois Cremmins, walking in the Arboretum became a spiritual outlet and artistic focus during this exceptional year. Her works for this special exhibition resonate with the calm and uplift derived in the contemplation of nature.
Over Time: Through Art, the Impact of Change in the Arboretum Landscape, Monotype Paintings by Ginny Zanger
Artist, Ginny Zanger, continued her decades-long weekly visits to the Arnold Arboretum throughout this past year. Here, she found a new and needed “sanctuary.” As she observed and recorded nature’s beauty, quiet, sublime images resulted, echoing the respite and spirit she found.