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The Arboretum in September

The first tree to show fall color is Acer rubrum ‘Schlesingeri’ (Schlesinger maple). Early September sees its foliage take on a hint of red, which will intensify to a deep burgundy, continuing to impress well into October. September also finds Franklinia alatamaha (Franklin tree) in flower on Chinese Path. The Arboretum has the largest and oldest documented specimen in the world. Viburnum fruits (drupes) are already on display. Learn about viburnum, what a drupe is, and come for our September 27th Collections up Close: Viburnums All Around to get the inside story on viburnum horticulture and research. Our Tree of the Month happens to be Viburnum, a shrub, but it coincides nicely with Collections Up Close. You can use your smartphone to find these plants, and thousands more, in the Arboretum collection! On the Arboretum’s home page click on the ArbExplorer icon.

This month, our weekday tours resume with Monday and Thursday tours most weeks at 10:30am. Interpreters will also be back in the landscape on select weekend days from 1:00-3:00pm. Saturday and Sunday tours are always available through November 1, with special guided theme tours—The Arboretum Before it was an Arboretum, Olmsted and the Arboretum, From Seed to Tree (greenhouse tour), and Family tours throughout September. And don’t miss our bonsai display pavilion open house on September 3 and September 10 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the pavilion.

JPOS, Artists in the Arboretum, a juried show, opens on September 17th with a reception in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall and continues into October. The current art show, Arboretum Inspiration: Image and Word will be up in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall through September 13th. Shows are free and open to the public, but call 617 384-5209 for Lecture Hall availability.

Some excellent classes and talks are coming up this month, look at more details on Chainsaw Use and Safety and The Himalaya: Global Change in the Land of Primulas and Rhododendrons.

Note that the Visitor Center and Art Exhibit are open 10:00am–5:00pm, closed Wednesdays. Be sure to check out more classes and other activities on our calendar.