Walden Garden Clean-Up on Saturday, and Open Plots for Gardeners

Community garden plots are hard to come by in Jamaica Plain, so you better be an early bird to voice your desire for one of the open Walden Garden plots. The Walden Garden is currently seeking community members who want their own garden plot for 2021. There is a meet-up at 15 Walden Street, Jamaica Plain on Thursday, March 25 from 6 to 7 pm. Can't make it? Email Cristal Martinez at cmartinez@jpndc.org or call 617-504-1395.

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Coyotes at the Arnold Arboretum Collections

Coyotes exist throughout the Greater Boston area, and right here in Jamaica Plain, especially in greenspaces like the Arnold Arboretum. In early February, local resident Grace Holley tweeted photos and video of a coyote she saw eating an animal, right before it approached her and her dog. Seemingly in response the Arnold Arboretum posted an article about living with coyotes. The following article was originally posted on the Arnold Arboretum's website and is being republished on Jamaica Plain News with permission from the arboretum. Eastern coyote sightings in Boston parks and neighborhoods often make news headlines during the winter.

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Learn About Pecan’s Intersection of Biodiversity & Human Diversity From Arboretum’s Director Series

The Arnold Arboretum is exploring the meaning, history, and cultural entwines of the pecan in a three-part series. The Arboretum's 2021 Director's Lecture Series Pecan: The Intersection of Biodiversity and Human Diversity will run for free for three consecutive Mondays starting Feb. 22. The pecan tree is native to a region stretching from central Texas to western Alabama, and from the Gulf of Mexico to southern Illinois. Most pecans grown for commercial consumption come from New Mexico and Georgia, which are places with no native pecans, according to the Arboretum.

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Astonishing Bark! Arnold Arboretum Director: ‘Once You See This Tree, You Can’t Look Away’

Every once in a while, a tree I often pass catches me off guard and astonishes me. Such was the case with a Korean stewartia (노각나무) near Centre Street Gate. Never have I seen such striking winter bark at the Arnold Arboretum (and I have seen a lot of striking bark). Once you see this tree, you can’t look away. The typical (and always beautiful) large puzzle pieces of bark of varying ages and patinas in beige, dark green, and grey are there.

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