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Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building

125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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October 2014

Other Order: Sound Walk

October 18, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

Other Order, a sound walk set in the spontaneous landscape of Bussey Brook Meadow, was created by media artist Teri Rueb and inspired by the work of Dr. Peter Del Tredici. Designed as a GPS-enhanced application, Other Order may be downloaded to your mobile device to access a blend of recorded interviews and natural sounds drawn from the meadow itself, illuminating specific points of interest. Featuring the voices of Peter and others, the sound walk includes narratives revealing the meadow’s…

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America’s Founding Fruit: The Cranberry in a New Environment

October 20, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
$10.00

The cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpa, is one of only three cultivated fruits native to North America. The story of this perennial vine began as the glaciers retreated about fifteen thousand years ago. Through the centuries the cranberry has provided critical sustenance for humans, on land, at sea, and in times of war. It was even offered in a diplomatic gesture to King Charles II in 1677. Today, it is a powerful tool in the fight against various forms of cancer. Susan…

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Family Walk at the Arnold Arboretum

October 25, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

Discover the Arboretum on guided walks, developed especially for families. Each walk will highlight different plants and natural phenomena while developing observational skills in children. One adult can bring a maximum of three children; suitable for children ages four through twelve. Meet at the Visitor Center.

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Small Worlds: Through A Small Glass Window

October 25, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

Highlighting the intricate beauty of plants and nature, Josh Falk's “Small Worlds: Through a Small Glass Window” is an ongoing macro-photo series shot with the intent of not only showcasing the subtleties of what we often take for granted in nature, but to also create new abstract landscapes through manipulation of depth of focus and segmentation of the larger picture. As if the photos themselves and their glass-like finish are windows into a brief moment of time, Falk invites the…

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December 2014

Jamaica Pond and Boston’s Water System – the early history of the Boston Water system

December 7, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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From the 1630 settlement of Boston, people needed water supply.  Marcis Kempe, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum and an avid water supply historian will discuss the early attempts by Boston residents to find drinking water on Shawmut peninsula.  Early attempts at wood pipe water systems led eventually to the construction of Boston’s 1796 Jamaica Pond Aqueduct Corporation which fulfilled a need for water supply piped directly into houses.  Mr. Kempe will chronicle this story and that of 1848 Boston’s municipal water…

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February 2015

Opening: The Invented Landscape – Paintings by Nancy Sableski

February 21, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Just as the Arnold Arboretum is an invented landscape, so are the paintings in this exhibition. While every work of art is an invention, Nancy Sableski takes this concept a step further by painting imagined landscapes that are constructed by blending multiple images taken with her cellphone. In this way she invents places that don’t exist but which clearly refer to the Arboretum. This technique allows her to examine aspects of landscape that continually capture her imagination: the interplay of…

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Mass Extinctions: A brief history of life’s worst moments

February 26, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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$10

Mass Extinctions: A brief history of life’s worst moments Life on Earth has experienced at least five major events we call “mass extinctions,” during which a huge number of species have gone extinct in a short period of time. In this talk, Williams College paleontologist Phoebe Cohen will explore how scientists decide which extinctions get to be considered “mass,” the ways in which these events have reshaped life as we know it, and how a deep understanding of past extinctions…

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March 2015

China, Biodiversity, and the Global Environment

March 23, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

Peter Raven, PhD, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden  China boasts not only the largest percentage of the world’s population (19%) but also one of the Earth’s richest, most diverse floras. Yet its economic rise as an industrial nation and its population density, with the associated environmental degradation, put this biodiversity at risk. Add in climate change and it is a recipe for disaster. Professor Peter Raven, a leading botanist, advocate for the conservation of biodiversity, and one of the co-editors…

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Winter Trees: Beautiful Bark, Stunning Stems

March 28, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

David Donovan Saturday, March 28, 12:30-2:00pm Location: Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum As the winter season winds down and spring warms up, join David Donovan in an exploration of the wonderful variety of bark in the Arboretum's collections. Discover trees with exfoliating (peeling) bark, like paperbark maple or stewartia. Observe trees with smooth, fissured, or rough bark, and enjoy the diverse beauty of mature trunks as you walk through the landscape. David has been a National Park Ranger and naturalist at…

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April 2015

Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing

April 8, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
$10

Laura Snyder, PhD, Science Writer and Professor of Philosophy, St. John's University “See for yourself!” was the clarion call of the 1600s. Scientists peered at nature through microscopes and telescopes, making the discoveries in astronomy, physics, chemistry, and anatomy that ignited the Scientific Revolution. Artists investigated nature with lenses, mirrors, and camera obscuras, creating extraordinarily detailed paintings of flowers and insects, and scenes filled with realistic effects of light, shadow, and color. By extending the reach of sight the new…

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Environmental Lawlessness

April 20, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

Richard Lazarus, Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard University What happens when laws and regulations don’t keep pace with changes in technology, science, and society? The answer, according to Harvard Law School Professor Richard Lazarus, is lawlessness. Come learn some of the history and circumstances behind the country’s current but outdated environmental laws, how the original scope and intentions of these laws may no longer match the scope of the problems we face today, and the lawmaking challenges…

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Healthy Places in the Transition Century

April 28, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
$10

Ann Forsyth, PhD, Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design In the coming century urban populations around the world will grow at uneven rates--some places will lose population in metropolitan areas and others gain it. Populations in most places will be older on average. How can the growing body of research on the connections between health and environments be used to make a positive contribution to evolving urban and suburban communities? Ann Forsyth will speak about the components…

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June 2015

Family Walk at the Arnold Arboretum

June 13, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

Saturday, June 13, 11:00am-Noon Join an Arnold Arboretum volunteer to discover the Arboretum on a guided walk for families. The June walk will focus on flower shape, size, color, and function while developing observational skills in children. One adult may bring a maximum of three children; suitable for children ages four through twelve. Meet in the Hunnewell Visitor Center. Free. No need to register. Additional Family Walks will take place on July 18, August 15, September 12, and October 10.…

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In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey

June 19, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
$25

Diane Edgecomb, Storyteller, and Margot Chamberlain, Celtic Harpist 2 Sessions (select one): Friday, June 19, or Saturday, June 20, 6:30–8:30pm Location: Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building Enjoy 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…

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September 2015

The Himalaya: Global Change in the Land of Primulas and Rhododendrons

September 29, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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The Eastern Himalaya—land of Gods, of ancient mountain kingdoms, of icy peaks and alpine meadows—is like no other place on Earth. The life and landscapes of the region are as diverse, spectacular and fragile as the mountains themselves. Even today, these mountains hold many mysteries: unnamed species, primeval cultures and the promise of magical cures to heal all of humanity. But development superimposed on global change will have an incalculable impact on this area. Dr. Kamal Bawa will discuss the…

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Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory

September 30, 2015 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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This multi-modal project stems from the ground research of collecting, studying and digging into the histories of invasive plant species in Claremont, California. At its root the project investigates the distinction between native versus invasive species. The discourse surrounding a list of “invasive” or “alien” flora species has interesting and fruitful correlations to policies regarding immigration, multiculturalism and evolving ideas about national identities that are inherently tied to the identity of border cultures and specifically California, a location that has…

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October 2015

Second Nature: An Environmental History of New England

October 26, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
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Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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$10

Richard W. Judd, PhD, Adelaide & Alan Bird Professor of History, University of Maine Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building Historian Richard W. Judd explores the mix of ecological process and human activity that shaped New England's history over the past 12,000 years. He traces a succession of cultures through New England’s changing postglacial environment down to the 1600s, when the arrival of Europeans interrupted this coevolution of nature and culture. A long period of tension and warfare, inflected by a variety…

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November 2015

Floral Rewards and Bee-havior

November 2, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
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Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Daniel Papaj, PhD, Professor and Associate Head, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building How does learning shape behavior in bees? What roles do flowers play in influencing bee activity? Researcher Daniel Papaj will speak about floral rewards and discuss nectar guides, buzz pollination, and bee decision-making in that context. He will also share some great video of bees in action. Fee Free, but registration requested Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

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Drawing Trees, Painting the Landscape: Frank M. Rines (1892-1962)

November 7, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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October 31, 2015 -  February 14, 2016 Reception with the Artist's family: Saturday, November 7, 1:00-3:00pm Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building Draftsman, landscape painter, teacher, and writer, Frank M. Rines had an intense interest in, and skill for, drawing trees. He produced five books on drawing, which were mid- 20th century guides for instruction in landscape and tree drawing techniques. In Design and Construction in Tree Drawing, he concentrated on the form and structure of trees. Rines was skilled in the art…

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Bark: A Multi-Sensory Experience of Trees

November 8, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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$70

Michael Wojtech, Natualist, Author, and Educator Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building Explore the wonderful variety of bark textures, shapes, thicknesses, and colors, which are always-visible clues to tree identity. Through presentations and a series of participatory exercises, learn how to identify tree species by their bark, and uncover why such a variety of bark characteristics exist. See, touch, smell, and trace the contours of bark to hone perceptive skills and deepen intimacy with trees and the places where they grow. Class…

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The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: The Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood

November 15, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
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Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: The Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood Kathryn Aalto, Writer, Designer, Historian, and Lecturer Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building Join Kathryn Aalto for a visually-rich journey into one of the most iconic settings in children’s literature: the Hundred Acre Wood, a real place in East Sussex, England called Ashdown Forest. This is where A. A. Milne lived and set the tender adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and his band of friends. Learn about Milne’s extraordinary childhood in…

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Rocks, Resilience, and Conservation

November 17, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Mark Anderson, PhD, Director of Conservation Science, The Nature Conservancy’s Eastern U.S. Region Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building Will species move in response to climate change? Yes, but where will they go and will they like it when they get there? Ecologist Mark Anderson proposes that we step back from the individual species to examine the geology of places, looking at bedrock, sediment, and elevation, to correlate areas of species richness to future conservation strategies. His research suggests that these abiotic factors…

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Rocks, Resilience, and Conservation

November 18, 2015 @ 7:00 am - 8:15 pm
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Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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$5

Will species move in response to climate change? Yes, but where will they go and will they like it when they get there? Ecologist Mark Anderson proposes that we step back from the individual species to examine the geology of places, looking at bedrock, sediment, and elevation, to correlate areas of species richness to future conservation strategies.  Come hear about his work in mapping the geophysical regions of New England with an eye towards conserving those that will support the…

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December 2015

SymphonTree: Artist Talk and Reception Sneak Peak

December 12, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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This event is the closing reception for my thesis project, SymphonTree. For this project, I have spent several months collecting memories about trees. These collected memories are intended to invite reflection on trees as organisms and as architectural fixtures of the everyday. This project seeks to fill participants with a new sense of affinity, awe, and hopefully a new sense of responsibility for the environment. I have recapitulated and recombined (like an organic, vegetarian Google dream bot) your beautiful thoughts…

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SymphonTree Artist Talk and Reception Sneak Peak

December 13, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States

For this project, I have spent several months collecting memories about trees. These collected memories are intended to invite reflection on trees as organisms and as architectural fixtures of the everyday. This project seeks to fill participants with a new sense of affinity, awe, and hopefully a new sense of responsibility for the environment. I have recapitulated and recombined (like an organic, vegetarian Google dream bot) your beautiful thoughts and memories into new interactive forms. At this reception, you will…

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February 2016

Signs of a Warming World

February 25, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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$5

Benjamin I. Cook, PhD, Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University Hunnewell Building The temperature of the Earth is increasing, but what does that mean? And what effect will this have on people and ecosystems? Climate scientist Benjamin Cook will review some of the myriad indicators scientists monitor to understand the direction and pace of ongoing climate change and what these changes mean for species in the natural environment and our own…

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Pruning Shrubs

February 27, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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$30

Pruning Shrubs Jen Kettell, Horticultural Educator and Consultant Location: Hunnewell Building Knowing what and when to prune, and how to do so, are important as you manage your home landscape. Learn the basic techniques for pruning ornamental shrubs for optimum health and beauty. Jen Kettell, an ISA-certified arborist will address topics including pruning cuts and tools; thinning and reducing overgrown plants; shaping and encouraging new growth. Fee $20 Arboretum member, $30 nonmember Massachusetts Certified Arborist and International Society of Arboriculture…

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March 2016

Civic Ecology: Healing and Growing in Community

March 3, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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$10

Marianne E. Krasny, PhD, Professor, Department of Natural Resources, and Director, Civic Ecology Lab, Cornell University 1 Session: Thursday, March 3, 7:00–8:30pm Location: Hunnewell Building Community gardening and forestry, participatory watershed restoration…in communities around the world there is a growing phenomenon. People are coming together to rebuild and restore local environments affected by crisis, disaster, or neglect. In New Orleans after Katrina, in New York after Sandy, in Soweto after apartheid, and in any number of postindustrial, depopulated cities, people…

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Botany Blast: Clues to Climate Change

March 26, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Richard Primack, PhD, Biology, Boston University Location: Hunnewell Building Richard Primack has used Henry David Thoreau’s notes among other data to confirm the effects of a changing climate on flowering and leafing times, bird migrations, and other animal behavior. Hear how he uncovered clues from a variety of historical sources to analyze and investigate the ecological impacts of climate change. Richard recently received an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award and is the author of Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to…

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Maria Sibylla Merian: The First Ecologist?

March 29, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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$5 – $10

Kay Etheridge, PhD, Professor of Biology, Gettysburg College 1 Session: Tuesday, March 29, 7:00–8:30pm Location: Hunnewell Building In 1699 a 52 year-old artist/naturalist embarked in Amsterdam for a two-month sailing voyage to the Dutch colony of Surinam in South America. Maria Sibylla Merian then spent two years in the tropical forests of Surinam studying insects and their food plants, an undertaking which today would be considered ecological science. The book that resulted from this extraordinary undertaking, Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium, was…

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November 2016

Enter the Lilac Sunday T-shirt Design Contest

November 29, 2016 @ 11:00 am - December 18, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University invites artists of all ages to submit their logo designs for the Lilac Sunday 2017 T-shirt. Lilac-themed t-shirts have been a tradition for many years, and continue to be a highly anticipated and popular memento of this event. Design must include: Lilac Sunday 2017 Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University No more than 4 colors Questions? Find more information at http://bit.ly/lilac-t-shirt-contest Email arbweb@arnarb.harvard.edu Submission Deadline: December 18, 2016 Submit digital file to arbweb@arnarb.harvard.edu with “Lilac…

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January 2017

Prune in Winter

January 28, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
$48

Pruning in Winter Jen Kettell, Horticultural Educator and Consultant 1 Session: Saturday, January 28, 9:00am–noon Location: Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum Jen Kettell, an ISA-certified arborist, will explain the reasons for pruning and what to consider when pruning dormant trees, shrubs, and vines. She will demonstrate techniques, give guidelines for determining which plants benefit from winter pruning, and explain how plants heal from pruning wounds. Note: this workshop teaches ornamental pruning techniques; it does not provide information on pruning for fruit…

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February 2017

Arnold Arboretum Open House: Volunteer with us!

February 21, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

Learn about current opportunities to volunteer at the Arnold Arboretum.  We are recruiting volunteers now to lead school programs, offer tours, help with special events, and take part in citizen science.  Come find out about us!

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Nature’s Temple

February 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
$10

Nature's Temples: Complex Old Growth Forests Joan Maloof, Professor Emeritus at Salisbury University, Maryland and Founder and Director, Old-Growth Forest Network 1 Session: Wednesday, February 22, 7:00–8:30pm Location: Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum. An old-growth forest is one that has formed naturally over a long period of time with little or no disturbance from humankind. They are increasingly rare and largely misunderstood. Joan Maloof makes a heartfelt and passionate case for their importance, defining old-growth and providing a brief history of…

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Nature’s Temples: Complex Old Growth Forests

February 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
$10

Joan Maloof, Director, Old-Growth Forest Network An old-growth forest is one that has formed naturally over a long period of time with little or no disturbance from humankind. They are increasingly rare and largely misunderstood. Joan Maloof makes a heartfelt and passionate case for their importance, defining old-growth and providing a brief history of these fragile ecosystems that now exist only in scattered fragments.

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Pruning Shrubs

February 25, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
$30

Jen Kettell, Horticultural Educator and Consultant Knowing what and when to prune, and how to do so, are important as you manage your home landscape. Learn the basic techniques for pruning ornamental shrubs for optimum health and beauty. Jen Kettell, an ISA-certified arborist will address topics including pruning cuts and tools; thinning and reducing overgrown plants; shaping and encouraging new growth.

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Botany Blast: A Look at Tree Architecture

February 25, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture, Arnold Arboretum Bundle up for this walk in the Arboretum to consider the architecture of trees. Andrew Gapinski will explain tree growth patterns, from pointy to broad, and encourage participants to make quick, 20 second sketches to focus on branching patterns, overall shape, and direction of growth. Wear gloves and bring a clip board or drawing pad and a pencil. If extremely cold, we will stay indoors and discuss and sketch from projected images.

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Learn to Observe: Tree Spotters Citizen Science

February 26, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
Free

Presenters: Catherine Chamberlain, Suzanne Mrozak, and Danny Schissler Select a date: Sundays: Feb 26, 1:00pm–3:30pm; Mar 5, 10:30am–1:00pm; Mar 26, 1:00–3:30pm; Apr 9, 2:00–4:30pm With nearly 4,000 different kinds of plants represented in the Arboretum’s living collections, every day presents rich opportunities to see something new. If you enjoy learning about plants and their unique characteristics, you can contribute to science as a participant in our Tree Spotters program. This citizen science project opens a window into the Arboretum’s phenology:…

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March 2017

Conservation by the Yard

March 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
$5

Conservation by the Yard Susannah B. Lerman, PhD, Research Ecologist, Urban Forests, Human Health, and Environmental Quality, USDA Forest Service 1 Session: Thursday, March 2, 7:00–8:30pm Location: Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum Most people see the urban and suburban landscape as a concrete jungle, devoid of wildlife. Susannah Lerman instead sees potential wildlife habitat that could reverse the loss of biodiversity while providing positive interactions between people and nature. Using lessons learned from her research, she will describe how yards provide…

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Conservation by the Yard

March 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
$5

Susannah B. Lerman, PhD, Research Ecologist, Urban Forests, Human Health, and Environmental Quality, USDA Forest Service Most people see the urban and suburban landscape as a concrete jungle, devoid of wildlife. Susannah Lerman instead sees potential wildlife habitat that could reverse the loss of biodiversity while providing positive interactions between people and nature. Using lessons learned from her research, she will describe how yards provide habitat, how the landscaping decisions we make influence the birds and the bees, and the…

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Woodwork and the Arts of Japan

March 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
$5

Woodwork and the Arts of Japan Yukio Lippit, PhD, History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University and Johnson-Kulukundis Family Director of the Arts, Radcliffe Institute 1 Session: Monday, March 27, 7:00–8:30pm Location: Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum   Material culture in Japan is distinguished by its heavy reliance on wood in art-making. For over a millennium, the rich biomass heritage of the country has provided a foundation for the work of master carpenters and the emergence of a wide array of…

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Woodwork and the Arts of Japan

March 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
$5

Yukio Lippit, PhD, History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University and Johnson-Kulukundis Family Director of the Arts, Radcliffe Institute Material culture in Japan is distinguished by its heavy reliance on wood in art-making. For over a millennium, the rich biomass heritage of the country has provided a foundation for the work of master carpenters and the emergence of a wide array of remarkable techniques for the wood-related arts. Yukio Lippit will examine how wood selection and the materiality of wood…

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July 2017

Let’s Get Buggy!

July 8, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Bees, bumblebees, and hover flies are clambering all over the flowers in July. Here’s a great opportunity to get a closer look at these fascinating and hardworking insects that benefit us all. We will have nets and bug boxes available to examine our pollinator friends! One adult may bring a maximum of three children; suitable for children ages four through eight. Meet in the Visitor Center.

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October 2017

George Bucknam Dorr: from Jamaica Pond to Commonwealth Avenue

October 8, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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George Bucknam Dorr, known as the “Father of Acadia”, was the founder of the oldest national park east of the Mississippi River. The roots of George B. Dorr's land conservation achievements are deeply embedded on the Jamaica Pond shoreline where he was born in 1853. Childhood exposure to other Massachusetts landscapes also shaped his later success on the mid-Maine coast. Throughout Dorr's life, notables with attachments to Jamaica Plain--Charles S. Sargent, Edith Wharton, Francis Parkman, Ellen Swallow Richards, Henry &…

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November 2017

Tooning in to Conservation

November 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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$10

Rosemary Mosco, Science Communicator and Naturalist Science and conservation are serious endeavors. But sometimes you just need a laugh. Rosemary Mosco, a nature cartoonist and science communicator with a keen wit, will share some of her science-based comics, sure to make you guffaw. She’ll talk about how you can use art and writing to support conservation and speak about her process of developing a cartoon, from concept through research, wordsmithing, to sketch-up and final design. See her work at Bird…

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March 2018

Braiding Sweetgrass: the teachings of plants

March 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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$10 – $20

Robin Wall Kimmerer , PhD, Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment Location: Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum Drawing on her life as an indigenous plant scientist, a teacher, a writer and a mother, Robin Wall Kimmerer will share ideas found in her award-winning book, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, in which she shows how plants—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve…

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Returning the Gift: How do we reciprocate the gifts of the plants?

March 24, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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$40 – $60

Robin Wall Kimmerer, PhD, Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment Location: Hunnewell Building Arnold Arboretum This workshop with Robin Wall Kimmerer, indigenous plant scientist and distinguished teacher, engages participants in exploring the material and cultural gifts of the plants, from ecosystem services, to food, medicine and lessons on how we might live. Through guided observations, readings, and writing, together we will explore how we might reciprocate those gifts, with gifts of our own. Robin is…

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June 2018

In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey

June 22, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:30 pm, repeating until June 23, 2018

Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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$15 – $30

Attend an enchanting evening of Tree Myths, Songs and Summer Solstice Legends. Diane Edgecomb and Margot Chamberlain spin tales of the human connection with trees and the deep meaning we have assigned to them through the ages. This unique performance travels through the Arnold Arboretum with story and music. Each story is told under a different tree or among a unique collection of Arboretum plants. Appropriate for adults and for children twelve years and above. See details online. The performance…

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April 2019

The Way of Coyote: Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds

April 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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$10

Gavin Van Horn, PhD, Director, Cultures of Conservation, Center for Humans and Nature Wednesday, April 3, 7:00–8:30pm Location: Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum A wanderer and writer with a doctorate in religion, Gavin Van Horn inhabits a big city. And that city (Chicago) has offered him something to compliment and complicate the solitude of the woods or a remote mountainside:  a window onto the attractiveness of cities to animals. What was once in his mind essentially a nature-free zone turns out to…

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Finding Wild in the City

April 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Arnold Arboretum Staff and Volunteers 1:00pm-3:00pm Tuesday, April 16 2019 Location: Linden Path & North Woods  Visit the Arnold Arboretum and venture through the North Woods. Be on the lookout for the wild inhabitants. Use your explorer senses to spot things that normally go unseen. Develop your observation skills and be prepared to make discoveries that might be surprising. One adult may bring a maximum of three children; suitable for children ages five and up. This is a drop in…

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June 2019

Compost Compendium

June 6, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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$30

Conor Guidarelli, Horticulturist, Arnold Arboretum Thursday, June 6, 6:00–8:00pm Location: Hunnewell Building and Landscape Horticulturist Conor Guidarelli manages the Arnold Arboretum’s organic materials recycling area and has recently improved the production and quality of the resulting compost. Conor will discuss the components of compost and the nutrients that can be returned to a site when compost is applied. He will explain the mix of brown to green materials, moisture, and aeration. Class participants will start in the classroom and then…

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Guided Tour – Medicinal Plants at the Arnold Arboretum: An Exploration of the Wild and Cultivated Remedies Growing Beneath our Feet

June 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Free, registration requested

John de la Parra, Associate, Harvard University Herbaria, & Ernest Anemone, JD Lecturer, Tufts University The Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden contains a multitude of cultivated plants with culturally significant medicinal properties. However, on a casual stroll along Linden Path to the Leventritt, you will pass dozens of other plants that are often looked upon as simple weeds. Many of these plants have rich ethnobotanical histories of their own that tie us closer to our environment. Your guides will explain…

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Deciduous Tree Identification

June 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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$30

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 my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

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In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey

June 21, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:30 pm, repeating until June 22, 2019

Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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$25

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…

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July 2019

Art Workshop: Making Art in the Landscape

July 13, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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$20

Join Paul Olson, the Arnold Arboretum's exhibiting artist of Drawn to Paint, for a sketching workshop "en plein air" (outside, in the landscape). Olson, an instructor at Mass College of Art and RISD, will focus on teaching you to sketch trees from direct observation outdoors. He will encourage you to think about simplifying your design with just the essential shapes to make a good composition in light pencil. Then, you can use ink and water for an expressive tonal image. Bring pencils…

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Gardening for Butterflies and Moths

July 24, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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$32

Colin McCallum-Cook, Horticultural Technologist Learn how to attract butterflies and moths to your garden and cater to their unique lifecycle requirements in this program focused exclusively on lepidopteran-friendly gardening techniques. Lepidopteran conservation in New England is more important than ever, as many formerly common species are now threatened with extirpation. Colin McCallum-Cook will also show you how to use citizen science applications to monitor species in your garden and contribute valuable data to the cause of lepidopteran conservation. Fee $32…

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Tree Mob™! (Bilingual) ¡Pon un insecto en tu vida! Put a bug in your life!

July 30, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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¡Pon un insecto en tu vida! Acercarse a la inagotable diversidad de los insectos y conocer los principales grupos de nuestro entorno, así como descubrir qué papel juegan. Martes, 30 de julio, 17:30–18:30; Arnold Arboretum Put a bug in your life! Come get close to the amazing diversity of insects, learn about their major groups, and discover the important roles they play in nature. Tuesday, July 30, 5:30–6:30pm; Arnold Arboretum

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October 2019

South Street Youth Center 2nd Annual Family Fun Run

October 5, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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$10 – $35

Register Today!! For the 2nd Annual South Street Youth Center Family Fun Run, sponsored by Ken Sazama Real Estate.  A great way to start your Saturday AND support this wonderful youth program in Jamaica Plain.  Wear a costume to add to the fun!! Meet at the Arnold Arboretum Hunnewell Parking lot this Saturday to join the festivities: Registration 8:00-9:00am Guided warm-up 8:30am 5k Run/Walk promptly at 9:00am Activities until 11:00 - face painting, balloon sculpture, dance performances, homemade snack and…

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November 2019

Family Hike: Get Ready For Winter!

November 17, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Free

Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children's Education Families need nature at all times of the year! Meet inside the main gate at the Visitor Center. We’ll learn how Arboretum animals get ready for winter. Go on a StoryWalk, get a tattoo, and make a winter home for your favorite animal! Free and open to all, most suitable for children ages four through ten. In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

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March 2020

Holiday Houseplant Hangover

March 12, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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$15

Sean Halloran, Plant Propagator, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University Thursday, March 12, 6:30–8:00pm 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…

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