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Branching Out: The Art of Quilting by Pamela Goody

Opening Reception: Saturday, Feb 11, 1-3pm

Branching Out: The Art of Quilting by Pamela Goody

Tree to Shore Quilt by Pamela Goody

February 10 – May 7, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, Feb 11, 1-3pm; Snow date, Saturday, Mar 4, 1-3pm Reception music by Bruce Goody, flute and Jonathan Moretz, guitar Gallery Talk/Show & Tell: Saturday, Apr 1, 1-3pm Fabric art for Pamela Goody became a freeing experience when she discovered she could create her own designs. Like […]

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Pruning in Winter

Saturday, January 28, 9:00am--12:00noon

Pruning in Winter

Jen Kettell, Horticultural Educator and Consultant 1 Session: Saturday, January 28, 9:00am–12:00noon Location: Hunnewell Building 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 […]

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Conifers in Winter

1:00-2:30pm, January 22, 2017

Conifers in Winter

Robbie Apfel, Arboretum Docent Sunday, January 22, 1:00-2:30pm Location: Bussey Street Gate Docent Robbie Apfel leads this winter walk in an exploration of the Arboretum’s conifer collection. Beginning from the Bussey Street Gate, you will be introduced to the Arboretum’s grand gymnosperms, learn the botany of conifers, and hear about Hemlock Hill’s evolving ecosystem. This […]

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The Alchemy of Creativity and Cartooning the Landscape with Chip Sullivan

2 classes on January 12, 2017

The Alchemy of Creativity and Cartooning the Landscape with Chip Sullivan

Landscape architect, artist, and award-winning teacher Chip Sullivan offers two programs to boost your own creativity and to learn what inspires him. The Alchemy of Creativity 1 Session: Thursday, January 12, 2:00–5:00pm Location: Hunnewell Building Enjoy this three-hour program designed to examine and inspire one’s creativity. Chip Sullivan will present a series of exercises to […]

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Landscape for Life

1:00pm, January 11, 2017

Landscape for Life

Mark Richardson

Mark Richardson, Director of Horticulture, New England Wild Flower Society 4 Sessions: Wednesdays, January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 1:00–4:00pm Location: Hunnewell Building This intensive introductory course will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and understanding to create a great-looking garden that is healthier for you and your family, and the environment. This class is […]

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Winter Bird Walk

9:00-10:30am, January 8, 2017

The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health

2:00pm, Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health

David R. Montgomery, PhD, University of Washington, Earth and Space Sciences, and Ann Bikle, MLA, Biologist and Environmental Planner Sunday, January 8, 2:00–3:30pm Location: Hunnewell Building From garden to gut, David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé will present a new view of the tiniest creatures on Earth and how it is changing the way we […]

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Enter the 2017 Lilac Sunday T-shirt design contest

by December 18, 2016

Enter the 2017 Lilac Sunday T-shirt design contest

Syringa 'Lilac Sunday'

It’s never too early to think of spring! The Arnold Arboretum invites artists of all ages to submit designs for the 2017 Lilac Sunday T-shirt design contest. Lilac-themed t-shirts are a beloved tradition on Lilac Sunday, our annual celebration of the flowering season. Create a piece of Arnold Arboretum history and submit your design(s) by […]

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Next Tree Mob™: Bark into Golden Hickory Syrup

3:45pm, December 14, 2016

Next Tree Mob™: Bark into Golden Hickory Syrup

Hickory Syrup

For many from New England, the only syrup approved for pancakes is that which is locally-tapped from a sugar maple (Acer saccharum). However, sap isn’t the only tree source for making syrup. Arboretum horticulturist Sue Pfeiffer took advantage of a downed shagbark hickory (Carya ovata), gathered some bark, and then proceeded to bake and boil. […]

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Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape

7:00pm, Thursday, December 8, 2016

Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape

Jill Jonnes, PhD, Historian and Journalist Thursday, December 8, 7:00–8:30pm Location: Hunnewell Building Trees, nature’s largest and longest-lived creations, play an extraordinarily important role in our cityscapes. These living landmarks define space, cool the air, and connect us to nature and our past. Today, four out of five Americans live in or near cities, surrounded […]

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