Wednesday, September 28, 3:45pm
Kent Field, the grassy meadow that spreads out below the Conifer Collection, provides important habitat for birds, small mammals, and pollinators. Over the past several years, the Arboretum’s horticulture crew (and even staff at an all-staff work day) has been increasing the number and variety of perennial wild flowers that grow in the meadow and along Bussey Brook. Boneset, blue lobelia, asters, and golden rod are currently in bloom and attracting numerous pollinators. Earlier in the season, Joe-Pye weed, sunflowers, milkweed, and cardinal flower added a magnificent display of colors to the area. Hear from Arboretum gardener Brendan Keegan about efforts to broaden the number of meadow species in this area and how the Arboretum manages and expands this landscape as part of an adaptive management approach. Meet at Acc. #351-79*E, Abies sibirica (Siberian fir), on Wednesday, September 28 at 3:45pm.
Parking: Park along Bussey Street (keep tires off the sidewalk) and enter through Bussey Street Gate. Walk northwest along Hemlock Hill Road to cross Bussey Brook and then walk southeast to the meeting location. Signs will be posted.
Public Transportation: Take the MBTA Orange Line to Forest Hills. At the upper level of the station, cross Washington Street and walk left to the Arboretum’s Washington Street Gate. Follow Blackwell Footpath to South Street. Cross South Street and re-enter the Arboretum. Walk to the intersection and turn left on Hemlock Hill Road. Follow the signs indicating where to cross Bussey Brook and then head southeast to the meeting location.
See map for gate and collections locations.