The American Oaks: Diversity, Ecology, and Identification

The American Oaks: Diversity, Ecology, and Identification

A Grow Native Massachusetts workshop, taught by Tim Boland on Sat June 9, from 9:30 - 1:00pm at 175 Forest St in Waltham

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 9:30am to 1:00pm

Join Tim Boland to understand the great diversity of oaks found throughout North America and locally in New England. Tim will paint a picture of the genus Quercus, including its fascinating evolutionary history, and challenges posed by climate change. He will illuminate the deep connection oaks have to humanity across the world, and explain why they are widely considered to be the ecological glue that holds plant communities together. Familiarity with oaks is vital for anyone looking to garden for biodiversity— Tim will show us how to identify most of the twelve species native to New England, and offer guidance on species selection, installation, and maintenance for establishing oak trees in our managed landscapes. This program will include a lecture, followed by examination of rare herbarium specimens, and a field walk in nearby woodlands. Oaks got game! Come and discover why.

Tim Boland is the Executive Director at The Polly Hill Arboretum on Martha’s Vineyard, a position he has held since 2004. Tim is a passionate oak expert who has studied these trees throughout North America, beginning in Oaxaca, Mexico, where he first traveled in 1997 as part of his graduate studies at Michigan State University. His work at Polly Hill includes developing a modern working flora of Martha's Vineyard and the adjacent islands. Tim also travels widely to collect seed for the Arboretum's collections, focusing on native Stewartia and endangered oaks.

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