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.