Are you curious about the identities of some of your favorite trees at the Arboretum? Would you like to learn some simple strategies for identifying your most admired trees here and at home? Many ascertain that tree identification, using buds, fruiting bodies, branching structure and overall tree shape as clues for positive identification, is easier when trees are devoid of leaves!
Although we are in the depths of winter and most of our deciduous trees have shed their leaves months ago, winter is still a great time to observe and identify (key out) trees in our area. Join our Curatorial Director of Horticulture John Beirne for a special walkabout through the Arboretum grounds and become acquainted with many of our notable and beautiful specimen and woodland trees. John will introduce important aspects of plant taxonomy and familiarize participants with the correct protocols to properly identify trees growing at the Arboretum and the local area. Both native and introduced species will be addressed and an informational handout will be distributed. A small notebook and pencil for notes are recommended.
This program commences at the Visitors Center and takes place outdoors. Please dress warmly and comfortably, and hiking boots are recommended as the terrain is hilly and varied during this two hour walkabout. If you have some sylvan friends that you would like to identify, bring branches, fruiting structures or even fallen leaves to study with John and the group.