Arborist Kyle Stephens teaches winter tree identification. Only a few spots remain. Register
Bees, plant conservation, and a historic look at Boston’s water system also take place in December. Details
The Arnold Arboretum is a community resource for education, offering a variety of learning opportunities including lectures, classes, workshops, and tours of our living collections and historical landscape. Join us as we explore the biology and horticulture of woody plants, and delve into topics related to Earth’s biodiversity and evolutionary history, the environment, conservation biology, and key social issues associated with current science.
Arthur Shurcliff: From Boston to Colonial Williamsburg
Elizabeth Hope Cushing, PhD, Historian
Wednesday, December 3, 6:00pm lecture; reception to follow, Hunnewell Building
In 1928, the landscape architect and preservationist Arthur A. Shurcliff (1870–1957) began work on what became one of the most important examples of the American Colonial Revival landscape—Colonial Williamsburg. But before this, Shurcliff honed his skills in Boston. On the advice of Frederick Law Olmsted and with the aid of his mentor Charles Eliot, Shurcliff pieced together courses at Harvard College, the Lawrence Scientific School, and the Bussey Institute to learn his craft. He then spent eight years working in the Olmsted office, acquiring a broad and sophisticated knowledge of the profession. Opening his own practice in 1904, Shurcliff emphasized his expertise in town planning, preparing plans for towns surrounding Boston. He designed recreational spaces that Bostonians still enjoy today, including significant aspects of the Franklin Park Zoo and the Charles River Esplanade. Historian Elizabeth Hope Cushing will speak of Shurcliff’s early work in Boston and how this led to Colonial Williamsburg, his most significant contribution to American landscape architecture.
Fee Free, but registration requested. Seating is limited. Register
Co-sponsored by the Library of American Landscape History, Boston Society of Landscape Architects, Friends of Fairsted, the Esplanade Association, and the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Students: email to register for free