Next Tree Mob™ -
6:00pm, June 29, 2016

Tree Mob™! At the Arnold Arboretum

Endless Watermelons

Endless watermelons, cantaloupes, cucumbers, and zucchini are ubiquitous signs of an American summer. How did that happen? Most of the foods in our diet, including the aforementioned summer staples, are recently introduced species that are not native to the Americas. In this Tree Mob, we will consider the geographic and evolutionary origins of our favorite food plants and the changes that occur in certain plant traits during the process of plant domestication. Then, we’ll discuss what the recent human-mediated movement of so many species of plants around the world means in an ecological context. Meet with Lori Shapiro of the Pierce Lab at Harvard University in the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden at Acc. # 332-84*B, Vitis vinifera x amurensis ‘Beihong’ on Wednesday, June 29 at 6:00pm.

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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  • Scan this QR code with your mobile device.