January eNewsletter


January 2016

Happy New Year!

In this issue

  • Director’s Lecture Series: Learn From the Experts
  • Start the Year by Contributing to Plant Exploration
  • Class Highlights: Citizen Science and Practical Skills
  • Explore the Arboretum in Winter
  • Hunnewell Internship 2016 Applications Now Open
  • Create Your Own Tour with Arboretum Explorer
  • Plant spotlight on: Sciadopitys verticillata
  • Frank M. Rines Exhibition Open Through the Winter
  • Start the Year by Contributing to Plant Exploration

    The New Year symbolizes discovery and renewal; much like the Campaign for the Living Collections, our 10-year initiative to explore, collect, and preserve woody plants for research and conservation. The seeds and seedlings collected from our 2015 expeditions in China and northern Idaho are being cleaned and stored for future propagation, many beginning their lives as Arnold Arboretum accessions this spring. The Campaign highlights our historical commitment to preserving and studying biodiversity, a mission that remains crucial in the face of habitat loss and climate change. Start the New Year by contributing to this growing legacy and to the future of the Arnold Arboretum.

    Class Highlights: Citizen Science and Practical Skills

    Take the time to cultivate your understanding of the natural world while the landscape lies dormant this winter. On January 16, join a ‘Bio Blitz’ with Tree Spotter Amelia Tracy and explore how nature is adapting to a changing climate. Get involved in global science systems as Margaret Kosmala, PhD demonstrates how to use data and technology for citizen science in ‘Botany Blast: Observing Nature for Citizen Science’ on January 23. On January 30, join us for ‘Pruning in Winter’ with ISA-certified arborist Jen Kettell and learn expert pruning techniques, which plants benefit from winter pruning, how plants heal from pruning wounds, and more.

    Explore the Arboretum in Winter

    Enjoy the peace and stark beauty of the seasonal landscape with two guided tours on January 10, one focused on birdlife and one geared towards fitness. Join Arboretum docent and birding aficionado Bob Mayer for a Winter Wonderland Bird Walk to seek some of the dozens of bird species that overwinter in the Arboretum landscape. In the afternoon, pick up the pace on a Winter Wellness Walk with a docent who will share seasonal highlights while you enjoy some low-impact exercise.

    Hunnewell Internship 2016 Applications Now Open

    The Arboretum’s Isabella Welles Hunnewell Internship Program is now accepting online applications for summer 2016. A unique and enlightening experience for those interested in pursuing careers in horticulture and public gardens, the internship features hands-on training, educational classes, field trips, and mentorship opportunities with Arboretum horticulturists, arborists, propagators, landscape managers, and curatorial staff. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis from now through February 7, and candidates are encouraged to apply early.

    Create Your Own Tour with Arboretum Explorer

    While waiting for our regular guided tour season to return in April, you can still get to know the Arboretum’s landscape and plant collections on your own. Use our interactive map, Arboretum Explorer, to find and learn about a collection of interest to you. Click the Featured Tours tab to see popular destinations, or create a tour of your own! Meanwhile, keep an eye on our calendar for upcoming walks and guided tours.

    Plant spotlight on: Sciadopitys verticillata

    Japanese umbrella pine (Sciadopitys verticillata) gets its name from its unusual whorled needles that resemble the ribs of an umbrella. Although commonly referred to as a pine, S. verticillata is actually the only surviving member of a conifer family that had a prehistoric range stretching across Eurasia and North America. Now native only to the cloud forests of Japan, this evergreen tree has beautiful orange-brown bark, small cones, and of course the unique needle formation to admire. Learn more about Japanese umbrella pine and where to find it in our landscape.

    Frank M. Rines Exhibition Open Through the Winter

    Don’t miss this exhibition of works by artist and illustrator Frank M. Rines, on display in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall through February 14, 2016. Enjoy Rines’ masterfully-realized trees in both drawings and paintings, which are also included in the collections of the Harvard Art Museums, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and the Hood Museum in Dartmouth, New Hampshire. Rines (1892-1962) had a lifelong interest in drawing trees, and his commitment to art education lives on in the communities of young artists throughout New England who learned from him and continue to be inspired by his talents.

    All images from the Arnold Arboretum Archives except painting by Frank M. Rines and Dinosaur Landscapes image courtesy of Peter Crane.

    Director’s Lecture Series: Learn From the Experts

    As the year begins, there is plenty to engage and excite your mind this winter at the Arboretum. The Director’s Lecture Series, now in its sixth year, brings nationally-recognized experts to the Arboretum for fascinating lectures on topics related to biodiversity, science, and conservation. Registration for all lectures is now open to the general public. Join Sir Peter Crane from Yale University on February 1 to hear about the evolutionary path of flowers. On March 7, Director Ned Friedman shares some of his images and observations on the Arboretum landscape, as well as his thoughts on the meaning of public gardens in our society. Finally, explore the science, history, and archeology of the pre-colonial American landscape with author Charles C. Mann on April 4. Register online today, as remaining space is limited.

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