The Arboretum in November

There is still color in foliage and fruit in November; however, the season of bark, form, and structure is soon to come. Download a self-guided tour, Bark for all Seasons [pdf] to see the wonderful diversity of bark on woody plants in the landscape. Our Tree of the Month [pdf] is Fagus (beech). Its bark is a distinguishing characteristic of this statuesque tree. To really explore the many varieties of bark, sign up for Bark: A Multi-Sensory Experience of Trees on November 8.

This month, enjoy a Fall into Health tour on Saturday, November 21st. Hear about Arboretum highlights as you take a brisk walk in the crisp fall air. Our bonsai display in the pavilion closes in November, as the collection of dwarf plants goes into winter storage, so see them soon.

This month, through February 14, 2016, the exhibition Drawing Trees, Painting the Landscape is in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall. This show of art by Frank M. Rines (1892-1962) includes original work from one of the five books Rines wrote and illustrated during his long tenure as an artist, teacher, draftsman, and artist community supporter. Shows are free and open to the public, but the lecture hall is also used for lectures, programs, meetings, and school groups, so please call 617 384-5209 for exhibition availability. Please join us for the reception on Saturday, November 7th, 1-3pm.

Some excellent classes and talks are coming up this month. Return to A. A. Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood with author Kathryn Aalto on November 15 for her talk on her book: The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: The Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood, or hear The Nature Conservancy’s Mark Anderson on his research, findings, and assessment related to the geophysical regions of New England in Rocks, Resilience, and Conservation.

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