Spring events highlight “Collections Up Close”

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The Arnold Arboretum is launching a new series of free public events this spring, each highlighting outstanding plant collections at their peak. Collections Up Close events delve into the diversity of the Arboretum’s Living Collection and celebrate thoughtful observations of the natural world. Through staff-led tours, fun science and art activities for kids, scavenger hunts, and interactions with plant experts, participants will discover new ways to explore the Arboretum and its plants.

The first event in the 2013 series is Magnificent Maples on April 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. According to Julie Warsowe, manager of visitor education, “Collections Up Close events focus attention on plants at their peak—though perhaps not the ‘peak’ you would expect. While some might think of maples during sugaring season or in the fall when their leaves change color, the delicate beauty and complexity of maple flowers inspires wonder as well. Once you look closely, you begin to notice details that reveal the wonderful diversity of these trees.”