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November 2015


In this issue

  • Botanical Cooperation Agreement Signed in China
  • Arnold Arboretum Membership: The Gift that Grows
  • Classes focus on Plants, Pollinators, and Ecosystems
  • Explore Arboretum Plant Collections in Photographs
  • Drawing Trees: Frank M. Rines Exhibition Opens
  • Arboretum for Educators Session Spotlights Seeds
  • Fall Into Health With a Guided Tour on November 21
  • Plant Spotlight on Fagus sylvatica ‘Tortuosa’
  • Arnold Arboretum Membership: The Gift That Grows

    Arboretum members attend the annual Plant Giveaway.

    Spread some joy over the holidays by sharing a unique gift that also sustains the Arboretum as a beloved landscape, important research collection, and community resource for education. Give friends and family a membership in the Friends of the Arnold Arboretum and share access to a world of plants, science, and exploration. As an Arboretum member, your gift recipient will receive a year of exclusive benefits, from our informative and award-winning publications to free plant(s) at our annual Plant Giveaway. For holiday giving, please respond by December 13 to enable processing and delivery before Christmas.

    Classes Focus on Plants, Pollinators, and Ecosystems

    We all know plants need sun, soil, and water to grow and thrive, but there are countless other environmental factors influencing plant health and behavior. On November 2, University of Arizona’s Daniel Papaj examines the relationship between flowers and bees, and how decisions made by these important pollinators affect plants. Join naturalist and author Michael Wojtech on November 8 for an indoor and outdoor exploration of bark characteristics and their evolutionary purposes. Author Kathryn Aalto visits on November 15 to discuss the real places and love of nature that inspired A. A. Milne to write the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh. Then, zoom out for the big picture on November 17 with the Nature Conservancy’s Mark Anderson, and learn how understanding geology may help determine effective conservation strategies for plant affected by climate change.

    Explore Arboretum Plant Collections in Photographs

    What does the flower of the Oyama magnolia look like? How about the cones of the Japanese red pine? Visit our new Plant Image Database online to view thousands of photos of our accessioned plants in all seasons. With multiple search and filtering options, this is a great resource for researchers, artists, gardeners, and anyone interested in exploring plants in the virtual realm. New images are added regularly, referenced by accession number with links to our interactive map to locate them in the landscape. You can also follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to enjoy spotlighted images from our collections.

    Drawing Trees: Frank M. Rines Exhibition Opens

    Frank M. Rines (1892-1962) was an intensely talented draftsman, landscape painter, teacher, and writer with a lifelong interest in drawing trees. His books on drawing offered guidance on the form and structure of trees, which he studied with the rigor of traditional figure drawing. Rines was committed to art education, and taught communities of young artists throughout New England. His work is collected by the Harvard Art Museums, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Hood Museum in Dartmouth, New Hampshire. Join us for a reception on November 7 to honor Rines and the opening of an exhibition highlighting his work, on view at the Arboretum through February 14, 2016.

    Arboretum for Educators Session Spotlights Seeds

    As a community resource for nature education, the Arboretum hosts programs for local educators as a professional development opportunity and to encourage use of the Arboretum landscape as an outdoor classroom. On November 7, meet fellow educators and learn about seed dispersal with Manager of Children’s Education Nancy Sableski. Participants will learn about the diversity, traits, and uses of seeds, as well as their connection to other educational topics. A bird walk with Arboretum docent Bob Mayer will follow to seek and identify birds that rely on seeds for winter survival.

    Fall Into Health With a Guided Tour on November 21

    The season for our regular guided tours of the Arboretum ends November 1. However, even as winter approaches, there is still plenty to see in our ever-changing landscape. Join us for a theme tour on November 21 focused on keeping fit and staying active through the cold months. A great opportunity to enjoy the crisp fall weather while exploring less-traveled Arboretum paths and the many interesting plants found along the way.

    Plant Spotlight on Fagus sylvatica ‘Tortuosa’

    Among the most majestic trees at the Arnold Arboretum, beeches have been a part of the New England landscape for 7,000 years. It is thought that the first beech seeds may have been carried here by passenger pigeons after the last glacier retreated. This genus is one of six national collections grown at the Arboretum for conservation purposes. Fagus sylvatica ‘Tortuosa’ is a rare European beech cultivar known for its distinctive twisted (“tortured”) trunk and branches. Prickly fruits ripen in late September and are quickly consumed by wildlife. Beeches can display some of the showiest fall foliage, ranging from bright yellow to copper and red, and their smooth, silvery bark is a treat even after leaf fall.

    All images from the Arnold Arboretum Archives except painting by Frank M. Rines.

    Botanical Cooperation Agreement Signed in China
    From left to right, Qi Ling (Director of the Huanglong Nature Reserve), William Friedman (Director of the Arnold Arboretum), and Xinquan Zhao (Director of the Chengdu Institute of Biology) at the signing ceremony in Chengdu, China on September 28, 2015.

    For more than a century, the Arnold Arboretum has partnered with China’s botanists to explore and document the flora of China, which bears strong evolutionary links with plants native to North America. In September, this legacy gained a new chapter with increased emphasis on conservation through the signing of a cooperation agreement with China’s Huanglong Nature Reserve and the Chengdu Institute of Biology. Forged as the Arboretum increases its commitment to plant exploration and collections development through a 10-year Campaign for the Living Collections, the partnership will advance the study and conservation of biodiversity, build capacity for protecting threatened and endangered plant species, and promote education on conserving wildlife. Reflecting a growing cooperation between the U.S. and China on issues related to global climate change, the agreement establishes guidelines and promotes exchange in documenting, collecting, and conserving plants native to China’s richly biodiverse Sichuan Province.

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