Just over a year ago (April 28, 2019), performance artist Diana Oh presented a tree planting ceremony at the Arnold Arboretum as the culminating installation of her artist-in-residence program for the American Repertory Theater, Clairvoyance. A fully inclusive, participative, and interactive event, Clairvoyance: The Tree Planting Ceremony capped Diana’s year-long quest for healing and love, and the celebration of QTPOC power and Queer magic. The event on Peters Hill near the Metasequoia grove and young ginkgo plantings included personal reflections and songs, as well as a welcome by Arnold Arboretum Director William (Ned) Friedman. Watch the event from beginning to end in a video created by the artist and shared in coordination with American Repertory Theater.

From “free” to “friend”…

Established in 1911 as the Bulletin of Popular Information, Arnoldia has long been a definitive forum for conversations about temperate woody plants and their landscapes. In 2022, we rolled out a new vision for the magazine as a vigorous forum for tales of plant exploration, behind-the-scenes glimpses of botanical research, and deep dives into the history of gardens, landscapes, and science. The new Arnoldia includes poetry, visual art, and literary essays, following the human imagination wherever it entangles with trees.

It takes resources to gather and nurture these new voices, and we depend on the support of our member-subscribers to make it possible. But membership means more: by becoming a member of the Arnold Arboretum, you help to keep our collection vibrant and our research and educational mission active. Through the pages of Arnoldia, you can take part in the life of this free-to-all landscape whether you live next door or an ocean away.

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