Tree Mob™! Worms–the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

by Pam Thompson, Manager of Adult Education
March 24, 2017

Brendan's Worms

Tree Mob™! Worms–the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

March 29, 4:00pm, Hunnewell Building

What’s good for the garden isn’t necessarily good for the forest. Earthworms, for example, make nutrients accessible to annual and perennial plants in a garden, but disturb nutrient cycling in New England’s forest ecosystems. Most earthworms in New England are exotic, with some considered invasive. Some, like the crazy snake worm (Amynthas agrestis), have the potential to “…change forest structure and the decomposer community in the affected forests,” according to Josef Görres, PhD, at the University of Vermont.

Come to a Tree Mob on Wednesday, March 29 at 4:00pm to learn about local worms, vermicomposting, and worm management with Arnold Arboretum Gardener Brendan Keegan. Meet in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall on Wednesday, March 29 at 4:00pm to learn more. If the weather is pleasant, plan for some time outdoors.

Parking: Park along the Arborway near the Arborway Gate.

Public Transportation: Take the MBTA Orange Line to Forest Hills. At the upper level of the station, cross Washington Street and go to the right. Walk uphill on the sidewalk that parallels the down ramp. Continue until you reach the Arborway Gate (approximately a 15 minute walk). Or take the 39 Bus to South and Sedgwick Streets. Walk west on Custer Street to the Arborway and cross at the lights to the Arboretum.

See map of gate locations.