Upcoming events at the Weld Hill Research Building

Over the next two weeks, the Arnold Arboretum is offering four events at the Weld Hill Research Building.

Weld Hill: Science and Sustainability

Julie Warsowe, Manager of Visitor Education
Friday, October 21, 1:00-2:00pm
or Wednesday, October 26, 4:30-5:30pm.
Location: Weld Hill Reseach Building

Take a guided tour of the state-of-the-art Weld Hill Science and Administration Building. Learn about some of the cutting edge plant research and explore the “green” building and landscape design. Limit 10 people.

Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon’s Army and Other Insect Monstrosities

Amy Stewart, Writer and Gardener
1 Session: Sat Oct 22, 2:00-3:15pm
Location: Weld Hill Research Building

In a follow up to her very successful New York Times bestseller Wicked Plants, Amy Stewart tackles the insects, worms, and spiders that have tormented humankind for centuries. In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Stewart has tracked down over 100 of our worst entomological foes—creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. With wit, style, and exacting research, Stewart has uncovered the most terrifying and titillating stories of bugs gone wild. She will share some of her discoveries in her inimically comedic way. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Fee: $5 member, $15 nonmember

Autumn Colors: A Mystery Revealed

David Lee, Tropical Biologist, Florida International University

1 Session: Tue Oct 25, 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Weld Hill Research Building

Part of the magic of living in New England is the stunning display of autumn foliage. But how, exactly, does the shift from greens to crimsons, yellows, burgundies, and oranges take place? And why are we treated to such a display? David Lee, who has spent his career studying the intricacies of color in plants, will explain some of the biological processes that take place within a deciduous plant come fall and also the signals  to humans and animals that are communicated through plant pigments.

Fee: Free member, $15 nonmember

Wood Decay Fungi Common to Urban Living Trees in the Northeast

Christopher J. Luley, Ph.D.  Urban Forestry LLC

1 Session: Thu Oct 27, 9:00am–4:00pm
Location: Weld Hill Research Building

In this workshop, Chris Luley of Urban Forestry LLC in Rochester, New York will introduce the wood decay fungi common to urban trees, their identifying characteristics and decay pathways, and methods and equipment available to test for decay. He will also present the results of a recent research study on visual assessment, sounding, and Resistograph testing for decay in urban trees. This program will take place in the classroom with some demonstrations in the landscape. Morning coffee is included; please bring your lunch.

Fee: $90 member, $120 nonmember
Offered with the Ecological Landscaping Association

For more information, visit the Arnold Arboretum’s Adult Education page.

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