Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM EDT
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Allison Dush 
Massachusetts Horticultural Society 


The Gardens at Elm Bank - Parkman Classroom 
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

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Bark: Get to Know Your Trees



The traits typically used to describe trees—leaves, twigs, and buds—are often hard to see or seasonally absent. Join Michael Wojtech for an exploration of bark, which is always visible, in any season. As you hone your perception you will learn about a system for identifying tree species by their bark and discover why such a variety of bark characteristics exist. Why do some species have smooth bark, while on others it is thick and broken? Why does bark peel? We will begin with a presentation and activity indoors and then explore the trees at Elm Bank.

Michael Wojtech

As a naturalist, writer, photographer, illustrator and educator, Michael strives to share the science and beauty of natural history in an accessible and compelling fashion. He writes and teaches about the fascinating structure, function, and ecology of trees—including their bark, buds, leaves, roots, and wood—for audiences at all levels of experience, and explores how knowing the natural history of the places we live and love fosters connection and the feeling of home. Michael earned his Master’s Degree in Conservation Biology from Antioch University New England and is the author of Bark: A Field Guide to Trees in the Northeast and co-author of Drawing Trees and Leaves.

 To find out more about Michael and his works check out his website at http://knowyourtrees.com



$70/general admission