Tree Mob™! What’s Soil Got to Do with It?

by Pam Thompson, Manager of Adult Education
August 7, 2015

Kady and Uzi sample soil

Tree Mob™! What’s Soil Got to Do with It?

Soil is the medium in which all of the Arboretum’s trees shrubs and vines grow. However, we don’t have comprehensive, up-to-date data about the composition of this soil as it varies across 281 acres. This summer, the Isabella Welles Hunnewell Interns focused their project on soil health assessment, historical soil data analysis, and the development of a soils management plan for the Arnold Arboretum. Join us under the shade of a shellbark hickory, Carya laciniosa, Acc. # 12898*J, at 2:00pm on Monday, August 10 to learn how 9 interns tackled this undertaking, what they discovered in the process, and their recommendations for short- and long-term improvements for the health of the living collections.

Parking: Park on Bussey Street and enter through the Bussey Street Gate. Take Hemlock Hill Road or Conifer Path to their intersections with Valley Road. Head north on Valley Road to the Hickory Collection on the left. Centre Street Gate is the closest to the meeting location but has limited parking.

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. Take Forest Hills Road to Bussey Hill Road to Valley Road, following signs to the event. Or research bus routes to Faulkner Hospital and enter the Arboretum through the Centre Street Gate.

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