January 31, 2013
Hello all and welcome newcomers:
Here are some of the new titles added in the Arboretum Library June 2012 through January 2013.
We added a total of 1219 titles to the Arboretum Library, but the New Titles lists show my favorites.
19 new children’s books, 67 new articles I thought you might be interested in and 116 “new” books in the main collection.
The New Titles lists are always a wonderful reminiscence for me of the generosity of the Arboretum Library’s customers. Laura Scott Sellers and Cynthia Vargas bought books for children.
They plucked them off the Arboretum Library’s Children’s Book Wishlist and certainly made my holiday more merry.
Catherine Ratner, Nancy Goslee Power, Kerry Morris, the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries annual book raffle and several others certainly improved the Library collection in the past six months.
We can’t do it without donations. I’m so happy we have a steady stream of them. Thank you so much to our donors. Let me know if you would like to donate your books or checkout the wishlist for the main collection.
The next Reading the Western Landscape Book Group meeting is coming up this Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Arboretum Library. If the weather is good we will go out in the garden. We will be discussing:
Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas by Rebecca Solnit; Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010. Saturday, February 2, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
“[…]examines that San Francisco, a physically compact place that contains multitudes, through a series of elegantly rendered maps and cleverly researched and well-wrought essays conceived by more than a
dozen writers, cartographers and artists. Passing through these newly mapped territories, we begin to see that “place,” as Solnit emphasizes, is an imprecise word, and even the idea of an atlas is beyond subjective[…]from Lynell George, LATimes.com.
Here is the complete list of upcoming books for January-June 2013 for the Reading the Western Landscape Book Group. There are good reads here!
Here is a link to the books and questions we have finished.
The Bookworms story time themes and dates are below:
The story time is recommended for children ages 3-8.
This is a free program for members and free with admission for non-members.
The Food is Growing Faster Now
Wednesdays, February 6 & 16, 2013, 10 am
Saturday, February 16, 2013, 2 pm
Ouch! Watch Out for the Spines!
Wednesdays, March 6 & 20, 2013, 10 am
Saturday, March 16, 2013, 2 pm
Flit & Flutter Looking for a Blossom
Wednesdays, April 3 & 17, 2013, 10 am
Saturday, April 13, 2013, 2 pm
Tules and Turtles: Life in a Pond
Wednesdays, May 1 & 15, 2013, 10 am
Saturday, May 25, 2013, 2 pm
In the Jungle
Wednesdays, June 5 & 19, 2013, 10 am
Saturday, June 22, 2013, 2 pm
The Arboretum Library hours are:
Open Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Open Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Open Sundays, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Come visit!
Remember we are circulating to Arboretum staff and members. The circulation period for books is 3 weeks with 2 renewals if no one else wants the item. You can renew by e-mail, phone or in person. The circulation period for current magazines is 3 days with 2 renewals if no one else wants the item.
Our Botanical Information Consultant (for plant advice) is available Tuesday-Saturday, Frank.McDonough@Arboretum.org, or 626-821-3239.
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Happy reading! Hope to see you soon!
January 8, 2013
Several species of rare and/or unusual, evergreen oaks and other trees from Mexico that Donald R. Hodel, Environmental Horticulture Advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension in Los Angeles, had donated and planted at the Arboretum have grown exceptionally well, clearly demonstrating their adaptability to the climate in Southern California. Donald had collected seeds of most of the trees on an expedition to northeastern Mexico in 2001. (Quercus rhysophylla, right)
He germinated the seeds and grew the seedlings in containers prior to planting them out in an area informally known as the “Mexican Garden” west of the Plumeria collection on Tallac Knoll. Most were just a few feet tall and planted out from one- or two-gallon containers in 2005 and 2006, and they grew strongly and quickly, developing excellent habit and branch structure with little or no defects.(Quercus sartori, left)
Most of the oaks (Quercus) have attained 30 to 40 feet in height, have trunks five to eight inches in diameter, and are flowering and fruiting in five to seven years.
Perhaps the most amazing tree, though, is a Mexican sycamore (Platanus mexicana), left, that after only six years in the ground is 54 feet tall and has a strong, straight bole and a trunk 13 inches in diameter! Typically fast-growing trees develop poor form and are plagued with branch defects but these Mexican oaks and sycamore have no such problems. These trees truly show outstanding horticultural and ornamental merit. Several other Mexican plants, including “woody” lilies like Agave, Dasylirion, and Furcraea, palms such as Brahea and Chamaedorea, and additional trees like Magnolia and Oreopanax, among others, round out the collection and help to make it an authentic Mexican forest.
January 7, 2013
Jill Morganelli will lead the rose pruning class, which will begin with her informative talk in the Palm Room. That will be followed by a walk to the Rose Garden for a demonstration and a question and answer period.
Saturday, Jaunary 12 10:00am – 1:00pm
The fee is $25 for Arboretum members; $30 for non-members.
To register or pay for the class, please call 626.821.4623.