Measure Twice, Cut Once: Introductory Tree and Shrub Pruning

Andrew Gapinski, Head of Horticulture, Arnold Arboretum

Saturday, December 14, 9:30am–Noon

[Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building and Landscape]

Put down the hedge shears! Through both classroom instruction and hands-on field training, this class will include what’s, whys, and how’s of proper pruning approaches and techniques. Andrew Gapinski will focus on small ornamental trees, young shade trees, and shrubs with general approaches towards maintaining a plant’s natural form and encouraging health and vigor. Note: Pruning for fruit production will not be covered in this offering. Dress for indoor and outdoor learning.

Adi Shafir

Winter is the barest of times in the Arboretum; however, there is much to see and much happening in the landscape. Join our docent for a walk on the bare side--notice shapes, textures, even the personalities of plants that are often missed when the land is heavy with green. You will see buds already forming and the dried seeds that are more visible when leaves are gone. Dress appropriately for the weather. In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

The Bare Essentials: Winter Trees

Winter is the barest of times in the Arboretum; however, there is much to see and much happening in the landscape. Join our docent for a walk on the bare side--notice shapes, textures, even the personalities of plants that are often missed when the land is heavy with green. You will see buds already forming and the dried seeds that are more visible when leaves are gone. Dress appropriately for the weather. In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

The Bare Essentials: Winter Trees

Winter is the barest of times in the Arboretum; however, there is much to see and much happening in the landscape. Join our docent for a walk on the bare side--notice shapes, textures, even the personalities of plants that are often missed when the land is heavy with green. You will see buds already forming and the dried seeds that are more visible when leaves are gone. Dress appropriately for the weather. In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

Fruit from the Sands: The Silk Road Origins of the Foods We Eat

Robert Spengler III, PhD, Director of the Paleoethnobotany Laboratories, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany

Wednesday, December 4, 7:00–8:30pm
[Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building]

From almonds and apples to tea and rice, many foods that we consume today have histories that can be traced out of prehistoric Central Asia along the tracks of the Silk Road to kitchens in Europe, America, China, and elsewhere in East Asia. The exchange of goods, ideas, cultural practices, and genes along these ancient routes extends back five thousand years, and organized trade along the Silk Road dates to at least Han Dynasty China in the second century BC. Robert Spengler presents a broad array of archaeological, botanical, and historical evidence, narrating the story of the origins and spread of agriculture across Inner Asia and into Europe and East Asia. Through the preserved remains of plants found in archaeological sites, he identifies the regions where our most familiar crops were domesticated and follows their routes as people carried them around the world, shaping the course of human history. $5; free for students