Next Tree Mob™ -
3:45pm, October 27, 2015

Franklinia 1782 and 2015
Tree Mob™! At the Arnold Arboretum

In the eighteenth century, plant collector William Bartram wrote of his encounter with Franklin trees in Georgia that he saw the trees “in perfect bloom as well as bearing ripe fruit” — a rare phenomenon in deciduous tree species. Today, during the fall months, we can make the same observation at the Arnold Arboretum. Parts of the pollinated flowers of Franklinia alatamaha remain on the tree during the winter months, and only develop into fruits when spring arrives, eventually ripening at the same time that the tree flowers again. It remains unknown however, when fertilization and seed growth occur in this rare reproductive cycle. Kristel Schoonderwoerd, a Graduate Student in the Friedman Lab at the Arboretum, will speak about her research into the reproductive mysteries of the Franklin tree. Meet at Acc. # 2428-3B on Bussey Hill in the Explorers Garden on Tuesday, October 27 at 3:45pm.

Parking: Park on Bussey Street. Enter the Arboretum through the Bussey Street Gate. Walk along Hemlock Hill Road to Beech Path, to Explorers Garden, following the Tree Mob signs. Or enter through the Centre Street Gate (limited parking) and walk uphill on Bussey Hill Road to Explorers Garden.

Public Transportation: Take the T to Forest Hills. Exit at the upper level of the station. Cross South/Washington Streets and head uphill on South Street toward the State Laboratories at 305 South Street. Continue beyond the facility’s parking lot to a gated entrance into the Arboretum on the right. Enter and follow the path uphill to Beech Path. Turn left and following the signs to the Tree Mob. Allow 15 minutes.

Or take Bus #38 Wren Street from Forest Hills to Centre/Weld stop. Walk north/inbound to Walter Street. Take Walter Street to Bussey Street to the Bussey Street Gate. Follow first set of directions above.

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.