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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

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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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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

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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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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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Six Ice Ages in One Billion Years, Climate Change, and Boston’s Earthquake Problem

7:00pm, November 30, 2016

Six Ice Ages in One Billion Years, Climate Change, and Boston’s Earthquake Problem

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James Lawford Anderson, PhD, Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University Wednesday, November 30, 7:00–8:30pm Location: Hunnewell Building Our planet has experienced six ice ages in the last billion years. The first two at about 800 and 600 million years ago may have covered all or most of the earth in ice and is referred […]

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Trees: Intimate Portraits, Walk with the Artist

1:00-2:00pm, Saturday, November 12, 2016

Trees: Intimate Portraits, Walk with the Artist

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Photographs by Jennifer Weigel Walk with the Artist Saturday, November 12, 2016, 1-2:00pm Rain date, Saturday, November 19, 1-2:00pm Meet at the Hunnewell Building Join photographer, Jennifer Weigel as she explores the Arboretum’s special and unique portrait gallery. Weigel will offer suggestions for photographing the plants, their details and personality traits. Bring a camera or […]

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Fall into Health

10:30am-noon, November 19, 2016

Fall into Health

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Rhoda Kubrick, Arboretum Docent Saturday, November 19, 10:30am-noon Meet at the Hunnewell Building Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit the Arboretum. Explore the less-traveled paths of the Arboretum on an informative walk designed for enjoying, and learning about, this special landscape. Pause to hear about interesting plants and […]

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Tree Mob™! Radishing, Simply Radishing

3:00pm, November 1, 2016

Tree Mob™! Radishing, Simply Radishing

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Radishing, Simply Radishing Vegetables are good for humans, but can trees benefit from them as well? This summer and fall, the Arboretum experimented with growing radishes, perhaps a first since Benjamin Bussey farmed this land in the early 1800s. Living Collections Fellow Jenna Zukswert will speak about the reasons for planting a taproot crop among […]

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Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane that Transformed New England

7:00–8:30pm, November 17, 2016

Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane that Transformed New England

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Stephen Long, Journalist and Natural Historian 1 Session: Thursday, November 17 7:00–8:30pm, Hunnewell Building The 1938 hurricane was so devastating partly because nobody had any inkling that it was bearing down on them. Stephen Long will show why that happened and place this storm within a historical context of New England hurricanes before and since. […]

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Bonsai and Penjing Pavilion Open House

Thursdays and Sundays, 11:00am-1:00pm

Trees: Intimate Portraits, Photographs by Jennifer Weigel

Walking tour with the artist, 1-2:00pm, Nov. 12

Trees: Intimate Portraits, Photographs by Jennifer Weigel

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October 28, 2016-February 5, 2017 Scars, burls, peeling bark, lichen, insect and animal markings—come explore the intimate, fascinating, up close world of tree bark as seen through the lens and sensibilities of photographer Jennifer Weigel. This Arboretum exhibition of Weigel’s photographic series, illuminates the often overlooked beauty found in the bark of trees and shrubs. […]

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