Botany Club | April vacation drop-off program for teens

Botany Club is an April school vacation program for teens ages 12-15 that encourages the scientific study of plants. Youth will study plant parts and functions, make models of plant structures, perform flower dissections, experiment with photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration, and learn a bit about plant classification. Have fun with outdoor and indoor sessions while learning more about the world of plants! For teens ages 12-15

Tues – Fri, April 21-24; 12:30 – 4:30pm

Meet at Main Gate of the Arnold Arboretum

125 Arborway

Rain or shine, come dressed appropriately for outdoor exploration

$50.00 registration, scholarship available upon request

Contact for Information:  Ana Maria Caballero, 617-384-9032

Link:  bit.ly/Botany_Club

Holiday Houseplant Hangover

Sean Halloran, Plant Propagator, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Thursday, March 12, 6:30–8:00pm
[Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building]

Did you receive plants as gifts over the holidays? Are they looking a bit sad at this point and are you wondering whatever to do with them? Or are you simply a houseplant hoarder whose enthusiasm has waned with the winter months? If yes, let plant propagator and horticulturist Sean Halloran raise your plants—and your hopes—up a notch. Sean will share tips for getting your plants back on track to becoming home enhancements instead of embarrassments.

Cultivating Space: Women in Horticulture and Place-making

In this year’s “cultivating women” symposium, we highlight contemporary efforts by women to create, share, and preserve greenspaces for all and will showcase the importance of community spaces in this era of increasing urban and suburban density. Speakers:

Jennifer Jewell, Creator/Host, Cultivating Place, NPR Radio Show and Podcast; Garden Writer
Kaki Martin, ASLA, PLA, Principal of Klopfer Martin Design Group
Kristin McCullin, Horticulturist, Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens
Patricia Spence, President and CEO, The Urban Farming Institute of Boston

Co-sponsored by the Mary M.B. Wakefield Charitable Trust and the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Fee $50; Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

Arboretum Students’ Panamanian Expeditions Examine How Species Persevere in Face of Climate Change

Last month, two graduate students from the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University traveled to one of the most species-rich landscapes in the world: a remote strip of tropical rainforest at the narrowest point in the Central American country of Panama. Ben Goulet-Scott, a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB) and a fellow in the Arboretum’s Hopkins Lab, and Jacob Suissa, OEB Ph.D. candidate in the Friedman Lab at the Arboretum, hope their research in the Mamoní Valley Preserve in Panama will increase our understanding of how biodiversity can persevere in the face of climate change, deforestation, and human disturbance. The 20-square-mile land conservancy on the isthmus separating Central and South America teems with life, making the condensed rainforest habitat a perfect location for their research project because of the vast number of known and potentially undiscovered species living there, Goulet-Scott said. “New England has twice the land area of Panama, but half the number of bird species, and 10 times fewer reptiles and amphibians,” he said. “This particular location contains species that migrate or move from north to south and get funneled into this very narrow area, concentrating an incredible amount of biodiversity.”

The Mamoní Valley Preserve (MVP) Natural History Project is an ongoing series of student-led field expeditions, organized by Goulet-Scott in 2017.

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Grafting Woody Plants: Fruit Trees

Sean Halloran, Plant Propagator, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

[Dana Greenhouse Classroom, Arnold Arboretum]

Grafting is the technique of joining parts of separate plants in such a manner that they unite and continue their growth as one. Learn basic principles of grafting with an overview of different types of dormant-season grafts. Arnold Arboretum propagator Sean Halloran will provide step-by-step instructions so that you can practice both cleft and side veneer grafts using apple root stock. Simple after-care will be required until planting out in springtime. Fee $58

Registrants will need to sign an Assumption of Risk and Release in order to participate in this class.