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October 2018

Small Trees for Small Spaces

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130 United States
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$42.00

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…

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Family Hike – Teddy Bears’ Picnic

October 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Visitor’s Center, 125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130 United States
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Free

Join an Arboretum staff member and make new discoveries among the trees at the Arboretum as they take on their brilliant fall colors. Is there food for Teddy Bears there? What do you think they would they 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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Growing Woody Plants from Seeds

October 27 @ 9:00 am
Arnold Arboretum, Dana Greenhouse, 1050 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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$68.00

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. Appropriate for those who have succeeded at growing some plants from seed and are ready for greater challenges. Post-class nurturing will be required. Fee for all materials is included…

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Songs in the Fog

October 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Free

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 Arboretum'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…

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Fog x Kids Family Drop In: Engineering in the Fog

October 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Visitor’s Center, 125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130 United States
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Free

At the Arnold Arboretum's own Fog x Hill, you can join us as we celebrate the Emerald Necklace Conservancy's Fog x FLO by artist Fujiko Nakaya. On October 28th, you will be able to make your own glasses to create your up close and personal Fog! One adult may bring a maximum of three children; suitable for children ages eight and up. Meet on the Hunnewell Building lawn to the south of the building. Free, drop in, no registration required.…

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November 2018

Design with Plants

November 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Thursday, repeating until November 29, 2018

Hunnewell Visitor Center Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130
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$182

Christie Dustman, Certified Landscape Designer, APLD, Christie Dustman and Co. will lead this 5-session workshop: November 1, 8, 15, 29, 6:30–8:30pm and Saturday, November 3, 9:30–11:30am . (No class on Thanksgiving.) As you survey your garden, do you feel like the plants just don't hang together? Does planting design seem to be an innate sense that you just don’t have? Come and learn to think about plants in terms of their form and function first, and then learn some strategies…

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Introduction to Bonsai

November 3 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hunnewell Visitor Center Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130
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$80

Bonsai is the ancient Japanese method of growing and caring for a tree whose growth is restricted by the size of the shallow pot in which it is planted and by the pruning of its branches and roots. In this class, Glen Lord, who consults for the Arnold Arboretum’s bonsai (Japanese) and penjing (Chinese) collection of dwarf potted plants, will speak first about the history of bonsai. He will then demonstrate the methods employed in creating and caring for a…

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What Nature Sounds Are Music?

November 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Hunnewell Visitor Center Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, 02130
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$15

Bird song, whale song, bug song? Are these sounds really music? What of the whistle of the wind? David Rothenberg, author of three books, Why Birds Sing, Bug Music, and Survival of the Beautiful, will do his best to answer these questions and fuel further thinking about noise, communication, and song in nature. A composer and jazz clarinetist, David Rothenberg has written and performed on the relationship between humanity and nature for many years, and improvised with whales, cicadas, and…

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