Next Tree Mob™ -
3:45pm, September 28, 2016

Kent Field Meadow
Tree Mob™! At the Arnold Arboretum

Meadow Management

Wednesday, September 28, 3:45pm

Kent Field, the grassy meadow that spreads out below the Conifer Collection, provides important habitat for birds, small mammals, and pollinators. Over the past several years, the Arboretum’s horticulture crew (and even staff at an all-staff work day) has been increasing the number and variety of perennial wild flowers that grow in the meadow and along Bussey Brook. Boneset, blue lobelia, asters, and golden rod are currently in bloom and attracting numerous pollinators. Earlier in the season, Joe-Pye weed, sunflowers, milkweed, and cardinal flower added a magnificent display of colors to the area. Hear from Arboretum gardener Brendan Keegan about efforts to broaden the number of meadow species in this area and how the Arboretum manages and expands this landscape as part of an adaptive management approach. Meet at Acc. # 351-79*E, Abies sibirica (Siberian fir), on Wednesday, September 28 at 3:45pm.

Parking: Park along Bussey Street (keep tires off the sidewalk) and enter through Bussey Street Gate. Walk northwest along Hemlock Hill Road to cross Bussey Brook and then walk southeast to the meeting location. Signs will be posted.

Public Transportation: Take the MBTA Orange Line to Forest Hills. At the upper level of the station, cross Washington Street and walk left to the Arboretum’s Washington Street Gate. Follow Blackwell Footpath to South Street. Cross South Street and re-enter the Arboretum. Walk to the intersection and turn left on Hemlock Hill Road. Follow the signs indicating where to cross Bussey Brook and then head southeast to the meeting location.

See map for gate and collections locations.

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.
  • Sign up or manage email notification.
  • Visit our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.
  • Keep an eye on our website.
  • Scan this QR code with your mobile device.