June eNewsletter


June 2015


In this issue

  • Summer Internships Foster Horticulture Careers
  • Save-the-Date for the 2015 Members’ Plant Giveway
  • Take a Closer Look at the Linden Collection, June 21
  • June Classes Focus on Pruning and Pest Control
  • Tree Legends and Songs Celebrate the Solstice
  • Free Tours This Season Encourage Exploration
  • Arboretum Inspiration Exhibition Begins June 5
  • Plant Spotlight on Rhododendron
  • See Our Website’s New and Responsive Design
  • Save-the-Date for the 2015 Members’ Plant Giveway

    Mark Saturday, September 19 on your calendar for the 2015 Members’ Plant Giveaway at the Arboretum. The annual event offers members of the Friends of the Arnold Arboretum the opportunity to select a number of free plants based on membership level, as part of our mission to promote and share exceptional trees, shrubs, and vines for New England gardens. Staff experts will help you with your selections and offer planting and care expertise. Save the date for a morning of fun and plants at the Arnold Arboretum.

    Take a Closer Look at the Linden Collection, June 21

    With nearly 150 accessioned trees in the collection, the lindens (Tilia spp.) represent the largest genus of summer-flowering trees in the Arnold Arboretum. Found mostly along Meadow Road, the Tilia collection comes into peak bloom in late June and early July. Join us at our next Collections Up Close event on Sunday, June 21 to study, compare, and enjoy lindens and their fragrant flowers. Take a horticultural tour of the collection, learn about honey bees and the science of pollination, and share in fun family activities focusing on this remarkable plant group.

    June Classes Focus on Pruning and Pest Control

    Cultivate your curiosity for plants and the environments they inhabit. On June 10, Andy Dyer of the University of South Carolina explains how using the principles of evolutionary biology might be employed to help us take better control of our food supply and wean our agricultural system off chemicals. Join ISA-certified arborist Jen Kettell on June 15 to find out what kinds of shrubs benefit from summer maintenance, how to make proper pruning cuts, and techniques for thinning shrubs to encourage plant health and abundant flowering for years to come.

    Tree Legends and Songs Celebrate the Solstice

    Summer Solstice Performance

    Celebrate the arrival of summer with an evening of time-honored tree lore and solstice legends performed in the Arboretum landscape by storyteller Diane Edgecomb and harpist Margot Chamberlain. Diane and Margot enthrall audiences with tales of the human connection with trees and the meanings assigned to them through the ages. These award-winning, unique performances on June 19 and 20 were designed especially for the Arboretum, and culminate with a haunting Czech legend told beneath the birches of Bussey Hill at sunset. This program is appropriate for adults and children twelve years and older.

    Free Tours This Season Encourage Exploration

    Guided Tours

    Take a free tour in June to learn more about the Arboretum, its Olmsted-designed landscape, and plants collected from around the world. Special opportunities include a family walk on June 13 at 11am and a behind-the-scenes visit to our propagation facilities at the Dana Greenhouses on June 28 at 10am. Keep an eye out for our Tree Mobs (brief learning encounters in our landscape with plant experts) including a look at intergeneric hybrids in the rose family on June 4 at 3pm. Visit the Arboretum in June and discover something new!

    Arboretum Inspiration Exhibition Begins June 5

    The art of language meets the photographic eye in a wonderful new exhibition at the Arboretum from June 5 to September 3. Arboretum Inspiration: Image and Word features the nature-focused photographs of Philip McAlary beautifully complemented by the poetry of Holly Guran. Join us for an opening reception and meet the artists on Saturday, June 6 from 1pm to 3pm, and enjoy a reading from the Jamaica Pond Poets on August 2 at 1pm.

    Plant Spotlight on Rhododendron

    Rhododendrons in glorious bloom provide beauty in many locations in the Arboretum this month, but nowhere as magnificently as in Rhododendron Dell. A contemplative landscape showcasing our core collection of hybrid and evergreen rhododendrons, Rhody Dell winds through a shady overstory of hemlock, birch, oak, maple, and pine along the rocky banks of Bussey Brook. Rhododendron collections include 280 plants representing 132 taxa (kinds); 103 are cultivars selected for horticultural merits like flower color and fragrance, truss (domed flower mass) size, leaf morphology, and hardiness. Learn more about our Plant-of-the-Month in the Visitor Center, and visit Rhody Dell while the show continues this month.

    See Our Website’s New and Responsive Design

    The Arboretum website has been retooled with a new look and enhancements to make it more intuitive and helpful for visitors. Of particular note is a new responsive design, which adjusts for easy access and navigation from a small screen such as a smartphone as well as from a tablet or desktop computer. Take it for a spin on your device of choice and enjoy fresh paths of discovery.

    All images from the Arnold Arboretum Archives except exhibition image courtesy of Philip McAlary.

    Summer Internships Foster Horticulture Careers
    Norfolk Aggie Interns

    Each summer, the Arnold Arboretum landscape becomes a dynamic outdoor classroom for high school and college students interested in careers in horticulture and public gardens. Since 2008, the Arboretum has partnered with Norfolk County Agricultural High School to offer juniors a 5-week practicum in caring for woody plant collections. Ten students rotate throughout the Arboretum gaining hands-on and classroom-based training in horticulture, arboriculture, landscape construction, and collections management. These areas of study come into sharper focus for participants in the Isabella Welles Hunnewell Internship Program, a 12- to 24-week training experience for college students and early career professionals. Working alongside Arboretum grounds maintenance and greenhouse staff, Hunnewell interns participate fully in caring for the living collections during the growing season. Workshops, instructional sessions, and field trips provide a broader sense of horticultural practice and plant careers. Over the course of the summer, Hunnewell interns also work in groups to address a real landscape management issue at the Arboretum and present the results of their projects in early August.

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