The Art of Botanical Prose

Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia, Arnold Arboretum

1 Session: Tuesday, June 25, 7:00–8:15pm
Location: Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum

All writers must contend with translation. A poet translates the movement of a dancing figure into a brief couplet, and an essayist translates the noise and commotion of the city where she lives into a single paragraph. The three-dimensional world filters into text, and when done especially well—the realm of literature and art—readers often forget that translation has even occurred. In this talk, Jonathan Damery, the associate editor for Arnoldia, will provide a readerly tour through horticultural and botanical reference books, encouraging readers to see the artistic endeavor within even the most exhaustive of botanical descriptions. Fee $5 member, $10 nonmember

Register at or call 617-384-5277.

In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey

Diane Edgecomb, Storyteller, and Margot Chamberlain, Celtic Harpist

2 Sessions (select one): Friday, June 21, or Saturday, June 22, 6:30–8:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building and Arboretum Landscape, Arnold Arboretum

Join us for an enchanting evening of Tree Myths, Songs and Summer Solstice Legends. Diane and Margot spin tales of the human connection with trees and the deep meaning we have assigned to them through the ages. This unique performance, designed specifically for the Arnold Arboretum, travels through the Arboretum with story and music. Each story is told under a different tree or among a unique collection of Arboretum plants. The program begins under a grand Cedar of Lebanon, moves into the rosaceous collection, to the oaks of Bussey Hill, then onward to Hemlock Hill, culminating with the haunting Czech legend “The Wild Woman of the Birch Grove” told amid the birches at sunset.

Deciduous Tree Identification

Laura Mele, Horticulturist, Arnold Arboretum

Thursday, June 20, 6:00–8:00pm
Location: Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum

Starting in the classroom and then moving outdoors to see live specimens, Laura Mele will introduce identification methods for deciduous trees commonly found in New England. Bring a notebook, hand lens if you have one, and plan for indoor and outdoor learning. Fee $20 member, $30 nonmember

Register at or call 617-384-5277.

Guided Tour – Walking Postscript: Revisiting Plants from the Bulletin of Popular Information

Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor, Arnoldia

Thursday, June 13, 4:00pm-5:30pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building

In 1911, Charles Sprague Sargent, the founding director of the Arnold Arboretum, began writing a serialized pamphlet titled the Bulletin of Popular Information, in which he described flowering and fruiting displays at the Arboretum. Because Sargent often focused on plants newly arrived from expeditions to Asia and elsewhere, many of his descriptions provided the first horticultural comparisons between species that had never been grown in the same garden. On this tour, Damery will revisit plants mentioned throughout Sargent's sixteen years with the Bulletin, comparing the young plants in Sargent's descriptions to the venerable specimens they have become. Special consideration will be paid to plant phenology, examining whether climate change has caused the plants to flower earlier than Sargent noted. In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Growing Woody Plants from Softwood Cuttings

Tiffany Enzenbacher, Manager of Plant Production Arnold Arboretum

Wednesday, June 12, 5:30–7:30pm
Location: Dana Greenhouse, Arnold Arboretum

Hydrangea and Cherry and Willow, oh my! Join Manager of Plant Production Tiffany Enzenbacher to learn how to propagate woody plants from summer cuttings. Students will collect and stick cuttings of several landscape plants. Cuttings will be rooted at the greenhouse to be retrieved later for transplanting into the registrant’s garden or potted up into small containers. Fee for all materials is included in the cost of the class.