Tough Decisions Make a Fine Collection

March 27, 2015

Stewartia Flower

Tough Decisions Make a Fine Collection

Removing a tree from this public arboretum can trigger a variety of questions and emotions, from visitors and staff alike. This will likely be the case when Acc. # 661-70*B, Stewartia pseudocamillia, situated next to the walkway to the Hunnewell Building, is removed.  The decision, though considered with great thought, was not difficult to make for Curator of Living Collections Michael Dosmann and Manager of Horticulture Andrew Gapinski.  A host of criteria and data are considered when adding to, as well as subtracting from, the living collections of the Arboretum. Come learn about the remedial care provided to this Japanese stewartia over the years, the importance of provenance when assessing a collection, and the steps taken in the de-accessioning process. Meet in front of the Hunnewell Building at 2:00pm on Thursday, April 9.

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