Next Tree Mob™ -
6:00pm, Thursday, July 9, 2015

Cornus florida
Costs and Benefits of Flowering First

Some plants, including some dogwoods, magnolias, and redbuds, among others, flower in the spring before they leaf out. Such precocious blooms tap a plant’s resources when it is perhaps least able to supply needed carbon and water. Jessica Savage, PhD, a Putnam Fellow at the Arnold Arboretum, is conducting research to examine carbon transport in plants in conjunction with flowering phenology to better understand why plants bloom when they do. Gather on Thursday, July 9 at 6:00pm at Acc. # 1916-80*A (Cornus kousa) to hear about Jessica’s research questions and techniques she’s applying in the Arboretum’s living collection to compare species with pre- and post-leaf out flowering strategies.

Driving and Parking: The meeting location is about equidistant from the Forest Hills and Bussey Street Gates. It is easiest to park on Bussey Street. The closest gates are South Street and Centre Street Gates, though parking at each is limited.

Public Transportation: Take the T to Forest Hills. Enter the Arnold Arboretum through the Forest Hills Gate. At the intersection with the ponds, veer left up the gravelled Beech Path. Follow the Tree Mob signs to the Explorers Garden and the flat shoulder of Bussey Hill.

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.