Next Tree Mob™ -
May 25, 2016; 6:00pm

Alex Susko
Tree Mob™! At the Arnold Arboretum

Tinkering with Tolerance in Azaleas

Deciduous azaleas in North America are a valued group of ornamental plants, not only in the Northeast where many are native, but in harsher climates such as the upper Midwest. To assist the development of cultivars suited to challenging environments, visiting researcher Alexander Susko is figuring out ways to use wild azalea populations for improving the stress tolerance of this group of flowering shrubs. Join Alex for a brief discussion on how we can draw useful inferences about stress tolerance in nature to guide the breeding of these beautiful plants. Meet on Meadow Road at Acc. # 3237*C, Rhododendron periclymenoides (Pinxterbloom azalea), accessioned in 1888, on Wednesday, May 25 at 6:00pm.

Parking: Park in front of the Hunnewell Building (for the duration of the mob only) or along the Arborway if you plan to continue on in the Arboretum after the mob. Enter at the Arborway Gate. Walk past the Hunnewell Building on Meadow Road to the azaleas.

Public Transportation: Take the T to Forest Hills. Exit the upper level of the station and cross South Street. Turn right on South Street and head uphill, parallel to the exit ramp, to the Forest Hills Gate. Enter the Arboretum via the Forest Hills Gate and walk toward the ponds. Turn right at the intersection onto Meadow Road and walk towards the azaleas (allow 15 minutes).

See map for gate 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.

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