Next Tree Mob™ -
6:00pm, July 29, 2015

Fallopia japonica
When the Invasive Gets Tough…Make Beer?

Fallopia japonica, also known as Japanese knotweed, fleeceflower, Mexican bamboo, and other common names, is a highly successful, non-native perennial from eastern Asia. It can be seen along roadsides, riverbeds, and in empty lots in impenetrable stands up to 10 feet in height. It is indeed tough. But in the early spring, it is also tender…and edible. Pamela Thompson, Arnold Arboretum Manager of Adult Education, will be joined by local wild edible enthusiast Pam Kristan, President of the Boston Area Beer Enthusiasts Society (BABES) and home brewer Kristen Sykes, and brew master for the Cambridge Brewing Company Will Meyers, to share the history of this plant’s movement around the globe and the gustatory possibilities of this pernicious perennial, including beer. Gather along Bussey Brook, near Acc. # 21300*A (Picea engelmannii), on Wednesday, July 29 at 6:00pm. Participants must be 21 to partake in a tasting.

Park on Bussey Street and enter through the Bussey Street Gate. Turn left onto Conifer Path and follow the Tree Mob signs to the event.

Public Transportation: Take the T to Forest Hills. Exit the upper level of the station and cross Washington Street. Turn left on Washington and at the Washington Street Gate take Blackwell Footpath through Bussey Brook Meadow. Cross South Street and enter the Arboretum at South Street Gate. Turn left on Hemlock Hill Road and follow signs to the Tree Mob. Or research bus routes to Centre and Walter Streets. Take Walter Street to Bussey Street and follow directions from the Bussey Street Gate.

Join us for a Tree Mob™!

What’s a Tree Mob™?

Tree Mobs are interactions with scientists or other specialists at the Arnold Arboretum, and provide another pathway to enjoy and learn in the landscape. Experts share little-known facts about our living plant collection, its relevance today, and its importance to future generations. A Tree Mob may attract a small group or a large gathering—we won’t know until it takes place. Join us in the landscape and discover something new.

What can I expect?

Plan to spend approximately 30 minutes learning about an interesting component of our collection. You can then continue your exploration of the Arnold Arboretum on your own. Tree Mobs are time, date, and location specific.

How does it work?

We will communicate about Tree Mobs by various means (see below). Using mobile technologies, such as a smartphone with location-awareness enabled, you will be able to navigate to the event location. You can also view and print a map we will provide with the day’s Tree Mob location on our website. With directions in hand, proceed to the designated meeting place to participate in our experiment for spontaneous learning.

How can I be notified?

  • Link to Tree Mob on your mobile device.
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