What Nature Sounds Are Music?

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 other creatures.

Introduction to Bonsai

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 bonsai. Participants will plant a tropical specimen and learn about basic pruning, styling, and aftercare. The methods learned in this class can then be applied to other plants, such as temperate trees.

Arnold Arboretum Transformed Into 1860s for ‘Little Women’ Filming

On Halloween the Arnold Arboretum was transformed back to the 1800s era in which it was created for the filming of "Little Women" starring Meryl Streep. Filming at the Arnold Arboretum was only scheduled for one day for the Columbia Pictures feature movie. It was not clear whether Streep was on set at the arboretum. For the filming, horse-drawn carriages and actors wearing Civil War era clothing were in the tree museum, which was created in 1872. It wasn't clear what scenes were being filmed of Louisa May Alcott's novel that is set in a New England town, and often believed to be based upon Concord, Mass.

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Design with Plants

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 [Garden Visit]. (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 to more successfully lay out your planting plan.

Fog x Kids Family Drop In: Engineering in the Fog

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.