Boston – Day 2

The weather in Boston (skyline above) today, while still windy, didn’t have the rain and cool temperatures from yesterday.  It was a pleasant day and my morning presentation at the New England Grows green industry expo went well.  I toured the trade show again and chatted with lots of nursery folks.  I then headed to the Arnold Arboretum for the afternoon. This was my first visit to the arboretum (managed jointly by Harvard University and the Boston Parks Department) and it was a beautiful day to stroll this famous, 265 acre arboretum.  The Arnold Arboretum (founded in 1872) is also the first public arboretum in North America and the research they are accomplishing in terms of plant preservation is amazing.  Needless to say, I enjoyed my three hours at the arboretum and got my “plant fix” by seeing plenty of late season interest, plant form, conifers and very late fall color.  I’ll stop by the trade show again tomorrow then I’m on the way back home.  While I didn’t get to explore the city very much, the harrowing rides by my Boston cabbies allowed me to see much of the city (albeit in a blur if you catch my drift…).

 Iseli Nursery above and Monrovia Nursery below (we’ve ordered from both)


 neat container arrangement above



 smooth bark of a purple leaf European beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Atropunicea’)
fall color of glossy euonymus (Euonymus carnosus)
fruits of linden-leaf viburnum (Viburnum dilitatum)


 huge sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)
 heavy fruiting of ‘Afterglow’ winterberry (Ilex verticillata) – shrub (female)
grove of bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) – deciduous conifer