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Wild Connections Series for Homeschool Families Begins April 3 at Adkins Arboretum

058Wild Connections Series for Homeschool Families Begins April 3 at Adkins Arboretum

Students will explore the complex interrelationships between wild animals, the plants they depend on for food and shelter, and humans when Adkins Arboretum offers Wild Connections, a series of science programs for homeschool families, beginning April 3.

In this six-week program, homeschool students will join Youth Program Coordinator Jenny Houghton in discovering unique environmental connections, from the causal relationship between accord yields, white-footed mice, and Lyme disease to how an increase in ethanol production has led to a decrease in the monarch butterfly population.

Designed for students ages 8 to 12, Wild Connections will meet Fridays, April 3 to May 8, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Advance registration is required. The fee is $55 for members, $70 for non-members for all six classes in the series. A $10 discount is offered for siblings. Enrollment is limited, so early registration is recommended. For more information or to register, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Adkins Arboretum Offers Soup ’n Walk Program Sat., Sept. 20

DSC_9100-asters-cropped-x300Adkins Arboretum Offers Soup ’n Walk Program Sat., Sept. 20

Learn about plants that thrive in sunny meadows when Adkins Arboretum offers a popular Soup ’n Walk program on Sat., Sept. 20. Following a guided walk led by a docent naturalist, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief talk about the meal’s nutritional value. Copies of recipes are provided.

Catch glimpses of golden brown grasses and yellow and purple flowers on a 90-minute walk in the Arboretum’s meadows. Plants of interest include milkweed, black-eyed Susan, goldenrod, Maryland golden aster, purple love grass, pearly everlasting, Indian grass, big bluestem and sumac berries. The vegetarian lunch includes pumpkin lentil soup, Waldorf salad, wheat flaxseed bread and pfefferneuse cookies. The program runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The program is $20 per person for members, $25 per person for non-members. Register at adkinsarboretum.orgor call 410-634-2847, ext. 0. To schedule Soup ’n Walk programs for groups of 15 or more, contact Ginna Tiernan, Adult Program Coordinator, at 410-634-2847, ext. 27 or gtiernan@adkinsarboretum.org.

Intimate Waterscapes—Up-close and Wet in an Urban Creek, Photographs by Julius Kassovic, on View through Aug. 1 at Adkins Arboretum


©JuliusKassovic-SKYLIGHTIntimate Waterscapes—Up-close and Wet in an Urban Creek, Photographs by Julius Kassovic, on View through Aug. 1 at Adkins Arboretum

On view through Aug. 1 at the Adkins Arboretum Visitor’s Center, Julius Kassovic’s stunning close-up water photographs were created not by using Photoshopped effects but with the aid of three basic items: his camera, a pair of knee-high waterproof boots, and a shower stool. Kassovic puts on the boots, wades into Sligo Creek near his home in Silver Spring and, sitting on the shower stool, leans down with his camera just inches above the flowing water.

There will be a reception on Sat., June 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. to meet the artist and see his mesmerizing close-up waterscapes. With their gemlike colors and intimate vantage point, these digital photographs capture overlapping worlds of moving water, shadowed depths and intricate reflections of trees and sky, along with colorful floating leaves and occasional bits of litter.

It all started one autumn eight years ago when the self-taught photographer was walking across a bridge over Sligo Creek.

“I had my film camera with me,” he said, “and I looked over the edge of the bridge at all these colorful fall reflections, so I took some pictures. When I got it developed about a month later, I looked at it and thought, ‘Dang! I wonder if I could do this on purpose!’”

Ever since, Kassovic has been photographing Sligo Creek in a new way, searching out moments of startling beauty, such as in “Skylight,” in which a single oak leaf floats amid shimmering patterns of gold and brilliant sky blue.

“It was evening,” Kassovic explained, “and the light was coming in sideways and illuminated a huge maple tree with golden leaves. When I got way, way down close to the creek, the reflection of that golden light was on the water. If I’d been two inches up, it would be gone. You really have to get up close.”

After studying anthropology at University of California, Berkeley, Kassovic used his photos to illustrate lectures and publications for his work in ethnographic research and with the Peace Corps. During those years, he developed the sensitivity to nuance and what lies beyond surface impressions that is so evident in his current photos.

Sligo Creek runs through the heavily populated suburbs of Washington, D.C., so it’s not surprising that Kassovic finds a lot of trash in its waters. In recent years, he has been allowing the trash to creep into his photos.

“I was trying to avoid this for several years,” he said. “But finally I realized this is part of the creek. It’s part of the reality.”

It’s distressing to see a plastic bottle left in the creek or a shopping cart half covered by leaves lying in the current, but Kassovic doesn’t shoot photos that are just about garbage. With an artist’s eye, he treats the litter as part of the composition. The brilliant blue label of a water bottle sets off the russet, yellow and light green of fallen leaves, while the slanting reflections of trees are mirrored upside-down by the angles of an orange leaf and a discarded razor blade.

With or without trash, Kassovic’s photos are unforgettable. Trees seem to grow down from the sky, backgrounds dance in front of foregrounds, and leaves float in luminous seas of textured color. Sligo may be just another urban creek, but Kassovic finds magic in its waters.

This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through Aug. 1 at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center located at 12610 Eveland Road near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. Contact the Arboretum at 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or info@adkinsarboretum.org for gallery hours.

Photo: “Skylight” is one of Julius Kassovic’s photographs on view at Adkins Arboretum through August 1.



Artists in Dialogue with Landscape, Adkins Arboretum’s Outdoor Sculpture Invitational, on View through Sept. 30

_AR33256-Visitors-enjoying-twig-sculptureArtists in Dialogue with Landscape, Adkins Arboretum’s Outdoor Sculpture Invitational, on View through Sept. 30

This summer, Adkins Arboretum has invited seven artists from the Mid-Atlantic region to create site-specific sculptures inspired by its native forest and meadows. The variety of their works confirms that there is much more to the landscapes of the Eastern Shore than just their beauty.

On view through September 30, the seventh biennial Outdoor Sculpture Invitational, Artists in Dialogue with Landscape, is all about exploring the different ways we see and relate to the landscape. There will be a reception and sculpture walk on Sat., June 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. during which the artists will talk about the ideas behind their works.

How we humans go about experiencing the natural world fascinates Baltimore artist Marian Glebes. She goes so far as to offer a comfortable situation for viewing nature by providing two swinging benches where visitors can sit and observe the birds, butterflies, grasses and wildflowers living in the Arboretum’s South Meadow. Positioned on either side of the meadow across from the Visitor’s Center, they act as thresholds between the manmade world of the building, paths and parking lot and the natural environments of the meadow and surrounding forest.

More invitations to observe the natural landscape follow. A series of short nature poems by Jay Fuhrman, of Glenmoore, Penn., can be found along the quiet River Birch Alleé, along with a sculpture of weathered arcs of oak that includes a bench where visitors can rest and meditate.

Invisible at first glance, Washington artist Julia Bloom’s sculptures made of hundreds of sticks bound together seem to bend and sway as they stand under the tall forest trees. Not quite natural, they catch the eye and make you look again to see how these intricate, human-made frameworks relate to the trees and understory plants.

Also using sticks as her materials, Baltimore artist Marcia Wolfson Ray created an undulating path of interwoven marsh elder sticks. Its fluid movement suggests flowing water, swirling wind or a slithering snake, all elements of the marsh elder bush’s natural environment in wetlands throughout the Eastern Shore.

The fragility of nature is the subject of a tiny, clear plexiglass nature shrine in the shape of a house by Melissa Burley, of Laurel, Md. Filled with small, living pine saplings, ferns and moss, it stands alone under the tall trees, a gentle symbol of the vulnerability of our shared home, the earth itself.

Another work by Burley, “Silent Sting—A World without Bees,” refers to the rapid decline of the pollinators that are so vital to the ecosystem, as do two sculptures by Elizabeth McCue of Yardley, Penn. Her cluster of “Butterflies,” made from bronze screening, hangs in a tree at a junction of two paths. A short walk away, “Flowers in the Field” overlooks the Arboretum’s wetland. Created by cutting recycled plastic bottles into flower shapes, it mimics meadow flowers and sparkles prettily in the sunlight, but its blossoms are sterile invaders into the ecosystem.

A Chicago artist who currently lives in Chestertown, where he is Assistant Professor of Art at Washington College, Benjamin Bellas created his work by cutting words directly into a mossy path. Deeply evocative and strangely moving, it can be seen as referring simply to human memory and relationships, but secluded on this narrow, shady green path, it also speaks about how the land so greatly influences our perceptions, affirming that we are physical beings born of this physical earth.

This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through September 30 at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center located at 12610 Eveland Road near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. Contact the Arboretum at 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or info@adkinsarboretum.org for gallery hours..

Photo: Visitors to Adkins Arboretum view “Clear Forest.,” a site-specific sculpture by Washington, D.C. artist Julia Bloom. “Clear Forest” is part of the Arboretum’s biennial Outdoor Sculpture Invitational, Artists in Dialogue with Landscape, on view through Sept. 30.

Romeo & Juliet at Adkins Arboretum THIS WEEKEND!

rom&julRomeo & Juliet at Adkins Arboretum THIS WEEKEND!

Colin Graves as Romeo and Elizabeth Jones as Juliet Photo by Coleman Sellers

The Meadow has been transformed. The weather promises to be perfect! Grab your lover and a bottle of wine, and head on over to Adkins Arboretum this weekend for Shore Shakespeare’s production of Romeo & Juliet!

In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, experience again the timeless tale of the two star-cross’d lovers and their warrings families. Arguably the best-known play of all time, our production of Romeo & Juliet is directed by Shelagh Grasso.

The Capulets and the Montagues have been feuding in Verona’s streets for years. To lighten his love-sick mood, his friends convince Romeo, of the house Montague, to crash a party thrown by the Capulets. There Romeo meets Juliet, the daughter of the Capulets, and they instantly fall in love and are married the next day. Returning from his wedding, Romeo encounters the fiery Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin. Forced to fight, Romeo kills Tybalt and is banished from Verona. Meanwhile, Capulet has arranged that Juliet shall marry Paris. She vows to kill herself. The kind priest provides her a potion that makes her appear dead, but Romeo, unknowing, returns and, finding Juliet in her tomb, kills himself. Juliet, awaking and finding her lover dead, kills herself with his dagger. Their deaths bring the warring families to their senses and the feud ends.

Colin Graves as Romeo and Elizabeth Jones as Juliet anchor an accomplished and experienced cast, which also features the talents of Juanita Wieczoreck as the Nurse, Robbie Spray as Benvolio, Greg Minahan as Mercutio, Brian McGunigle and Margaret Garey as Lord and Lady Capulet, and Chris Rogers as Friar Laurence. Rounding out the cast are Dane Long, Andrew Mimms, Chelsea Clough, John Feldman, Patrick Fee, Catharine Jacobs, John and Jane Terebey, and Peter Howell.

Technical direction and scene construction are by Carmen Grasso, ably assisted by Chip Whitaker. Lights and sound are designed by Chris Rogers. Rehearsal space has been graciously donated by Symphony Village in Centreville.

merc&benGreg Minahan as Mercutio and Robbie Spray as Benvolio Photo by Coleman Sellers

Performances of Romeo & Juliet will be held al fresco in The Meadow at Adkins Arboretum on Saturday, May 31st at 6:00 pm and Sunday, June 1st at 3:00 pm. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic, a bottle of wine, and a blanket or lawn chair. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and Adkins members. Box meals form Lily Pad Cafe in Denton, Maryland, may also be reserved. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Please call the Arboretum directly at 410-634-2847 or visit www.adkinsarboretum.org.

Weather-related updates and more information about Romeo & Juliet may be had by calling 410 690 3165, or by visiting www.shoreshakespeare.com.

Adkins Arboretum Offers Bus Trip to Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm and Brooklyn Botanic Garden

BNY-Farm2 BNY-FarmAdkins Arboretum Offers Bus Trip to Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm and Brooklyn Botanic Garden

On Wed., June 25, visit the nation’s leading rooftop farm and one of the world’s first urban botanic gardens when Adkins Arboretum offers a bus trip to Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm and Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Towering twelve stories over the East River at the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm includes two rooftop vegetable farms totaling 2.5 acres and producing more than 50,000 pounds of organically grown vegetables each year. Tour the farm with president, cofounder and head farmer Ben Flanner, and learn how this enormous rooftop was transformed into a sustainable model for urban agriculture.

From the Grange, travel to Brooklyn Botanic Garden for a guided tour of the Native Flora Garden expansion—a newly planted area that features a cultivated pine barrens and a meadow modeled after Long Island’s Hempstead Plains. The new habitats include native species, many of them rare or threatened, and most propagated from seeds collected legally in the wild.

The fee of $110 for members and $135 for non-members includes transportation, driver gratuity, admission and guided tours. Register at adkinsarboretum.org or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

The bus departs from Aurora Park Drive in Easton at 8 a.m. and from the Route 50/404 westbound Park and Ride at 8:20 a.m. An additional stop at the Route 301/291 Park and Ride for Chestertown-area residents will be available upon request. The bus will depart for home at 6 p.m. Pack a lunch to eat on the bus; dinner may be purchased at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Terrace Café. Upon registration, contact Ginna Tiernan at gtiernan@adkinsarboretum.org or 410.634.2847, ext. 27 with desired pick-up location.

Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm photos by Les Loups.

Mana Saxophone Quartet to Perform Forest Music June 5 at Adkins Arboretum

MANA-SAX-QUARTETMana Saxophone Quartet to Perform Forest Music June 5 at Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum joins with the National Music Festival in presenting a unique improvisatory performance in the Arboretum forest on Thurs., June 5 when Mana Saxophone Quartet performs Forest Music. Positioning themselves in various places in the forest, within hearing distance though not necessarily within sight of each other, these innovative musicians will respond to each other’s playing in a musical conversation that winds through the trees. Following this event, they will give a brief concert in the Visitor’s Center. The program begins at 5 p.m.

A veritable icon in the contemporary music scene, Mana Quartet is known for its distinctive energy and superb musicianship. This year, the quartet returns to the National Music Festival for its third year as Resident Chamber Ensemble. The first saxophone quartet to win the prestigious Coleman International Chamber Ensemble Competition, the quartet has spearheaded the growing acceptance of the saxophone in classical music.

This program is free. Gallery seating for the Visitor’s Center concert is limited; early registration is highly recommended. Register for Forest Music at adkinsarboretum.org, or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

Adkins Arboretum to Host Noted Authors Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy June 7 at Academy Art Museum

Darke.TallamyAdkins Arboretum to Host Noted Authors Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy June 7 at Academy Art Museum

On Sat., June 7, Adkins Arboretum will host Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy, two of America’s leading voices in sustainability and horticulture, at Academy Art Museum in Easton. Darke and Tallamy will present The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden. Tied to their new book of the same title, this in-depth conversation will share their insights on beauty and biodiversity, plants and pollinators, and new design strategies for personal gardens both large and small.

The home garden is often seen as separate from the natural world surrounding it. In truth, it is just one part of a larger landscape made up of many living layers. The replacement of rich layers of native flora with turf grass greatly diminishes a garden’s biological diversity and ecological functions. In The Living Landscape, Darke and Tallamy seek to reverse this trend by showing gardeners how to create a landscape that is full of life.

The three-part program includes “Looking at the Layered Landscape,” Darke’s illustrated presentation of the living layers in local and regional landscapes; “Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships,” Tallamy’s explanation of how plants and animals evolve together in specialized relationships and how we can restore biodiversity to our residential properties; and “Designing and Maintaining the Living Landscape,” Darke’s discussion of how an understanding of living layers and relational biodiversity can be put to practical use in the making and maintenance of residential gardens and community landscapes. Strategies for employing “organic architecture” in creating beautiful, conserving, highly functional layers will be presented in detail.

The Living Landscape begins at 1 p.m. Tickets are $30 for Arboretum members and $35 for non-members. Register at adkinsarboretum.org or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

On Sun., June 8, Darke and Tallamy will lead Lessons from the Layered Landscapes of Adkins Arboretum, an intimate exploration on foot of the Arboretum’s living layers. Using the elements of the Arboretum’s landscape as models, Darke and Tallamy will demonstrate techniques for observing and understanding the plants, animals and relationships that characterize healthy layering. Bring cameras and binoculars along for this special opportunity that will provide inspiration for your own home habitat. The walk and talk begins at 10 a.m. and is $75 for members, $100 for non-members. Early registration is encouraged at adkinsarboretum.org.

Rick Darke’s work is grounded in an observational ethic that blends art, ecology and cultural geography in the design and stewardship of living landscapes. His writing and photography have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and elsewhere. His books include The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest and The Wild Garden: Expanded Edition.

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 80 research articles and has taught ecology and other courses for 32 years. Chief among his research goals is a better understanding of the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens (2007) was awarded the 2008 silver medal by the Garden Writers Association. He was awarded the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd Jr. Award of Excellence in 2013.

Photo: Doug Tallamy (left) and Rick Darke, two leading voices in sustainability and horticulture, will present The Living Landscape at Academy Art Museum on Sat., June 7 and lead a walk at Adkins Arboretum on Sun., June 8. Visit adkinsarboretum.org for more information.

Photo Capture and Enhancement Workshop Offered this Saturday at Adkins Arboretum

JOSH-TAYLOR-2Photo Capture and Enhancement Workshop Offered this Saturday at Adkins Arboretum

The spring landscape is the perfect setting for acquiring and honing photography skills. On Sat., May 10, learn how to get the best images from your camera, and how to enhance your images with Photoshop software, when Joshua Taylor Jr. leads Photo Capture and Enhancement at Adkins Arboretum.

This hands-on workshop is designed to increase both participants’ photographic skills and the joy of using their cameras. It covers basic shooting techniques for capturing spring splendor, as well as image processing principles such as cropping, compositing, content-aware fill and converting to black and white. The program is non-technical and visually informative, and includes both outdoor shooting with the instructor and classroom instruction.

Taylor has presented photography workshops at the Smithsonian National Orchid Show, the U.S. National Arboretum, the U.S. Botanic Garden, and for public gardens, preserves and horticultural societies across the region. In addition to teaching in the Smithsonian Studio Arts Program and at the Corcoran School of Art and Design, he exhibits his work regularly and speaks to camera and garden clubs.

The workshop runs from 8 a.m. to noon and is $45 for Arboretum members, $60 for non-members. Advance registration is required at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

Photo by Joshua Taylor Jr.

Learn about Edible Landscaping with Elizabeth Beggins, May 18 at Adkins Arboretum

Learn about Edible Landscaping with Elizabeth Beggins, May 18 at Adkins Arboretum

Elizabeth-BegginsLearn how to add beauty to your gardens and food to your table when Adkins Arboretum offers Eat the Landscaping on Sun., May 18. Elizabeth Beggins will inspire you to step outside the boxwood to mix vegetables, fruits and herbs into your planting beds to liven your gardens and supplement the foods you prepare. All you need is sun and creativity to become a successful gardener of edibles.

The program begins at 1:30 p.m. A complimentary light seasonal lunch will be served at 1 p.m. for those who wish to partake. Register for the program at adkinsarboretum.org or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0. Contact Ginna Tiernan at gtiernan@adkinsarboretum.org or 410.634.2847, ext. 27 to RSVP for the lunch option.