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2018 Oct 27

Songs in the Fog Performance by Shinja Choi

4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building
Join us at the Arnold Arboretum as we come to the close of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy's Fog x FLO  installation by artist Fujiko Nakaya. Returning from her successful opening performance here at the Arboretum, lyric soprano, Shinja Choi, will sing a selection of songs for the Arboreum's Fog x Hill. Shinja has performed operas and oratorios with orchestras in Korea, Japan, the United States, Germany, and more. She has won competitions in the United States, Austria, and Japan. 

Born in Seoul, Shinja has a Masters of...

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2018 Oct 27

Growing Woody Plants from Seeds

9:00am to 12:30pm

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum

Location: Dana Greenhouse, Arnold Arboretum, 1050 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Learn about seed biology, embryo dormancy, and factors present in woody plant seeds with Arnold Arboretum propagator Sean Halloran. The class will focus on seed storage and various treatment techniques, including over-wintering and aftercare. Dress appropriately for indoor and outdoor learning as participants will collect seeds from the Arboretum’s Living Collections....

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2018 Oct 25

Peters Hill: Discover the Other End of the Arboretum

4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum - 125 Arborway, Boston, MA

Location: Peters Hill Gate

Join our docent for a tour of the other end of the Arnold Arboretum, the southern end. Peters Hill became part of the Arboretum in 1894 and continues to charm with its special character, collections, and history. In autumn, the amazing view from the summit takes on a new tapestry of color spreading out in the landscape of plants below you. Learn about the history of the land along with information on the woody plants located here, like the collection...

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2018 Oct 22

What’s Going On in This Graph?

7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building
Graphs can go a long way in conveying information that might otherwise take several paragraphs to explain. But it is easy to misread or not fully understand the content and context. In this participatory program, we will decipher several graphs based on data from Arnold Arboretum curators and scientists. We will also look at the data and decide whether the data are well-represented and convey the story intended. If reading graphs is intriguing but challenging for you, come gain more practice and insights into grasping “What’s Going On in This Graph?”

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2018 Oct 21

Fog x Macbeth Performance with Actors' Shakespeare Project

5:00pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building

Fog x Macbeth brings Shakespeare's tragedy of political ambition, blood, and flawed humans into the landscape of the Arnold Arboretum, and the art and shifting atmosphere of Fujiko Nakaya's fog sculpture. The play's live, and site-specific, performance will resonate with Frederick Law Olmsted's landscape design and Fog x FLO, Nakaya's fog installation throughout Boston's Emerald Necklace park system. Actors' Shakespeare Project explores robust language...

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2018 Oct 21

Family Hike - Teddy Bears' Picnic

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building

Join an Arboretum staff member to discover the Arboretum on guided hikes for families.

Come find new discoveries among the trees at the Arboretum as they take on their brilliant fall colors. What would Teddy Bears eat? Would you want to share their picnic?

One adult may bring a maximum of three children; suitable for children ages five through twelve. Meet in the Hunnewell Visitor Center. Free, drop in, no registration required.

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

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2018 Oct 21

Small Trees for Small Spaces

10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building
Urban and suburban planting spaces are often constrained, often not ideal for accommodating a large oak, linden, or maple tree. But there are many smaller tree species that will thrive in a smaller space and won’t overwhelm the area. Some trees are cultivars that have been selected for their smaller size or narrow characteristics, while others are naturally genetically petite. Guided by the “right plant, right place” philosophy, Laura Mele will start in the lecture hall with tips on what to consider when planting in limited spaces and then lead a tour in the landscape to show some of the many... Read more about Small Trees for Small Spaces
2018 Oct 17

Here Come the Seeds: The Journey of a Seed from Collection to Propagation at the Arboretum

5:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Larz Anderson Bonsai & Penjing Collection

Manager of Plant Production, Tiffany Enzenbacher, will discuss the Arnold Arboretum's propagule collection and documentation procedure. She will also display some of the different types of fruits, nuts, and seeds that are in the process of becoming the next generation of Arboretum plants. Seed showcased will be those collected during Tiffany's 2018 expedition to the Ozarks, as well as those collected on other institutional collecting trips.

Free, registration requested.

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2018 Oct 13

Introduction to Birds and Birding

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building
The Arboretum provides a home for over 100 bird species every year. This workshop will provide tips for identifying some of the most common species in our landscape, while also touching on topics such as basic bird anatomy, seasonal migration and common migrants, and binocular selection. Following the in-class segment, we'll take a walk through the landscape and put our skills to use. 

Fee $25 member, $32 nonmember

Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.
2018 Oct 12

Fifty Shades of Green: Tales from the Hothouse

7:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building
Back by popular demand with more content! Terry Huang’s bawdy botanical review delves into the sex lives of plants, dramatically explaining the challenges of courtship and consummation for those rooted in place. Alluring suitors with a pungent rotten odor, promising nectar for the exchange of goods, or going at it alone, plants have evolved interesting strategies to ensure their continued existence. From mutualistic partnerships to deceit-filled ones that would rival the most twisted romance, his vivid pollination stories reveal the ingenious ways flowers deal with one of life’s (most)... Read more about Fifty Shades of Green: Tales from the Hothouse
2018 Oct 09

The Arboretum-Japan Connection

4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building
Did you know that 11% of the Arnold Arboretum's wild-collected plants come from Japan? Join Michael Dosmann, just back from his 2018 expedition to Japan. Dosmann, the Arboretum's Keeper of the Living Collections, will take you on an Arboretum tour that highlights the amazing flora of Japan.

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Free, registration requested.

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2018 Oct 07

Music for Ground and Atmosphere

4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum - 125 Arborway, Boston, MA

Sunday, October 7, 2018, 4:00pm and 5:00pm 

Reception with the artist, 5:00-5:30pm 

LocationHunnewell Building lawn

Music for Ground and Atmosphere is a live, and site-specific, instrumental improvisation conceived in response to Frederick Law Olmsted's landscape design and Fog x FLO, Fujiko Nakaya's fog installation throughout the Emerald Necklace...

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2018 Oct 05

Turning Wood: The Art of the Woodturner IV Opening Reception

5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building

Woodturning has a long history, going back to 1300 BC Egypt. Unique in relation to most woodworking, due to its use of a lathe, woodturners turn out practical, functional pieces or “turn” to the purely aesthetic. Each craftsman brings their own personal artistic vision to the objects they create, and the pieces in maple, cherry, and other wood from far and near (look for work turned from Arnold Arboretum deaccessioned trees), offer a unique look at the “personality” within the wood itself. The three woodturning associations, as well as Harvard Woodturning students, have come...

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2018 Oct 03

How Birds Migrate

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building

Bird migration is one of the most remarkable phenomena in nature. Arctic terns migrate from their breeding grounds in the Arctic to Antarctica and back each year. Red knots migrate from Alaska to the southern tip of South America. How do they do it? Lorna Gibson will describe the why, when, and where of migration, how fast and far birds travel and how they find their way. She’ll also address tracking by ornithologists. 

Fee Free, but registration requested

Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

2018 Sep 30

Collections Up Close: The Arboretum Oaks

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Oak Collection, Centre Street Gate

The Quercus (oak) collection comprises more than 1,000 individuals and has representatives from over 40 different species, with unique cultivars just waiting for your attention. This collection has specimens from the late 1800's and early 1900's, notable trees along the Peters Hill circuit road planted by the Arboretum's first director Charles Sargent, and at the Peters Hill summit, a Quercus coccinea(scarlet oak) planted in September 2001 to commemorate 9/11. Our current director, Ned Friedman has penned words and photographed the collection, read from...

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