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2019 Jun 23

Get Your Hands Dirty! - Soil Science

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum - 125 Arborway, Boston, MA

This is part of the new Science in Our Park Series. Come to the Arnold Arboretum and be a scientist! Get your hands onto scientific tools, use your observation skills and share your findings with others.

Get Your Hands Dirty will allow you to stick your hands into the soil and really get to know it. You will have a chance to use digital probes, collect data and then share that data with other scientists for a day.

One adult may bring a maximum of three children; suitable for children ages five and up. This is a drop in activity....

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2019 Jun 20

Peters Hill: Discover the Other End of the Arboretum

5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum - 125 Arborway, Boston, MA

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 summer, the amazing view from the summit takes in the Boston skyline and a rich and textured landscape spreading out below you. Learn the history of the land, along with information on the woody plants located here.

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

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2019 Jun 15

Medicinal Plants at the Arnold Arboretum: An Exploration of the Wild and Cultivated Remedies Growing Beneath our Feet

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building

The Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden contains a multitude of cultivated plants with culturally significant medicinal properties. However, on a casual stroll along Linden Path to the Leventritt, you will pass dozens of other plants that are often looked upon as simple weeds. Many of these plants have rich ethnobotanical histories of their own that tie us closer to our environment. Your guides will explain how these "weedy" plants came to colonize this area while touching on cultural contexts and botanical identification of these wild species—as well as the cultivated medicinal species in...

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2019 Jun 09

Rose Family in Bloom

11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum - 125 Arborway, Boston, MA
The rose family (Rosaceae) contains over 3,000 species of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants. Roses, spireas, mountain ash, and many more are at peak bloom in June. You will be surprised by the beauty, breadth, and depth of the Bradley Rosaceous Collection (BRC), and the Arboretum's role in discovering and disseminating understanding of this large family of plants.

For cancellations due to weather, call 617 384-5209

Free, registration is requested at my.arboretum.harvard.edu

2019 Jun 08

Walk From Obesity

9:00am to 10:00am

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum - 125 Arborway, Boston, MA
Please join in for the 5th Annual Walk from Obesity, hosted by the Brigham and Women’s Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center. The Walk is meant to raise money and awareness of this growing obesity epidemic, and the need for increased access to treatment. Check in 8:00-9:00am. For information go to: Walk from Obesity
2019 Jun 06

Compost Compendium

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building
Horticulturist Conor Guidarelli manages the Arnold Arboretum’s organic materials recycling area and has recently improved the production and quality of the resulting compost. Conor will discuss the components of compost and the nutrients that can be returned to a site when compost is applied. He will explain the mix of brown to green materials, moisture, and aeration. Class participants will start in the classroom and then travel to the Arboretum’s materials yard to see compost in various stages of development.

Fee $20 member, $30 nonmember

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2019 May 16

Bonsai and Penjing Pavilion Open House

Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Jun 20 2019 . Also includes Sun May 19 2019, Sun May 26 2019, Sun Jun 16 2019.
11:00am to 1:00pm

11:00am to 1:00pm
11:00am to 1:00pm
11:00am to 1:00pm
11:00am to 1:00pm
11:00am to 1:00pm
11:00am to 1:00pm
11:00am to 1:00pm
11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: 

Bonsai and Penjing Pavilion
You are invited inside our Bonsai and Penjing Pavilion to hear volunteers talk about the care, history, and unique stories of these dwarfed potted plants. The Bonsai and Penjing Pavilion is available for viewing from the outside daily from 8:00am-3:45pm.

For cancellations due to weather, please call 617 384-5209

Free

2019 Jun 04

From Seed to Tree

Repeats on the first Tuesday of July, August, September, October until Tue Oct 01 2019 .
1:00pm to 1:45pm

1:00pm to 1:45pm
1:00pm to 1:45pm
1:00pm to 1:45pm
1:00pm to 1:45pm

Location: 

Bonsai and Penjing Pavilion

Did you know that almost all of the plants in the Arboretum begin their lives in the Dana Greenhouses? Get a behind-the-scenes look of the greenhouse growing process, from seed to sprout to seedling to tree. Meet at the Bonsai and Penjing Collection above the Leventritt Shrub & Vine Garden. There is a 15 person maximum.

Free, registration requested and limited

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2019 Jun 02

Collections Up Close - Ginkgo Collection

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum - 125 Arborway, Boston, MA

Location: Peters Hill - Ginkgo Collection (near Mendum St. Gate) 

Celebrate plant diversity, natural history, and the work of public gardens by spotlighting plants and their families. Join us for tours, family activities and festivities in the ginkgo collection on Peters Hill. Most people can identify a ginkgo leaf – but what do you really know about the tree itself? Come learn more about this “living fossil” and explore a collection that reflects the greatest known genetic diversity of wild-collected ginkgos in North America.

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2019 Jun 01

Identifying Ferns of the Arnold Arboretum

9:30am to 12:30pm

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum - 125 Arborway, Boston, MA
Considering its size and location New England has a relatively rich flora of ferns and fern allies (clubmosses, spikemosses, and quillworts). While it is possible to see almost all these species somewhere in the state of Massachusetts, several can be found at the Arnold Arboretum. Fern specialist Jacob Suissa will teach the anatomy, reproduction, and key identifying characters that will help you to identify the ferns and fern allies of the Arboretum and New England. Participants will begin indoors at the Arboretum’s Weld Hill Research Building with a lecture and then move outdoors to Hemlock... Read more about Identifying Ferns of the Arnold Arboretum
2019 Jun 01

June Birding

Repeats every month on the 23 of June until Sun Jun 23 2019 .
8:00am to 9:30am

8:00am to 9:30am

Location: 

Arnold Arboretum - 125 Arborway, Boston, MA

Join the Arnold Arboretum's Brendan Keegan for an easy walk looking for June birds. All skill levels, especially beginners, are encouraged to join. Bring binoculars, and a few binoculars will be available to share.See our website for directions and a checklist of birds. Parking is along the Arborway or Bussey Street, or take the T to Forest Hills and walk. Meet inside the Gates.

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2019 May 21

Materials Lab Workshop: Egyptian Blue

1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

The ancient Egyptian language did not have one specific word to denote blue. The color, rich with symbolic value, was obtained through exacting processes throughout Egyptian history. The manufacture of the world’s first synthetic pigment, Egyptian blue, as well as the ceramic/glass hybrid Egyptian faience, became iconic elements of Egyptian art. Much like the imported lapis lazuli, these materials would have been available only to Egypt’s elite. Light blue fabric, dyed from the plant woad, is all that the average workman would have been able to access.

In this workshop, Laura...

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2019 May 09

Gallery Talk: Poetry, Painting, and the Plastic Arts

12:30pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

Erica Lawton, staff assistant in the Division of European and American Art, will give this gallery talk.

Our galleries are full of stories—this series of drop-in talks gives visitors a chance to hear the best ones! The talks highlight new works on view, take a fresh look at old favorites, investigate artists’ materials and techniques, and reveal the latest discoveries by curators, conservators, fellows, visiting artists, technologists, and other contributors.

Free with museums admission. Gallery talks are limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes...

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2019 May 08

Tour: The Architectural History of the Harvard Art Museums

3:30pm to 4:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

Join us for an architectural tour of the Harvard Art Museums, led by Peter Atkinson, director of facilities planning and management. You will learn about the history of our building at 32 Quincy Street, which is registered on the National Trust for Historic Preservation, as well as the concepts behind and execution of our eight-year renovation and expansion project, including sustainability features and restoration efforts.

Note that this tour will last 60 minutes.

Free with museums’ admission. This tour is limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes...

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