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Adkins Arboretum Events in October
October 13 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
A wonderful series of programs and events is on tap for October at Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely. A few highlights are included here.
On Thursday, October 5, author Jill Jonnes will discuss her latest book, Urban Forests. The book tells the story of urban trees and the Americans—presidents, plant explorers, visionaries, citizen activists, scientists, nurserymen, and tree nerds—who have passionately promoted the greening of our cities. Ranging from Jefferson’s day to the present, Jonnes celebrates the nation’s arboreal advocates, from the founders of Arbor Day, arboretums, and tree surgery to the current generation of scientists who employ the latest technology to illuminate the value of trees as green infrastructure and their importance to public health. This program will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum in Easton. Admission is $10 for members, $15 for non-members.
The Botanical Art Series continues at Adkins Arboretum with Illumination I on Friday, October 13 and Illumination II on Friday, October 27. Each class costs $75 for members and $90 for non-members and is held 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Instructor Lee D’Zmura leads both workshops. Illumination I focuses on the processes and skills of creating illuminated letters. Based on historic style, the project will be completed using gold paint. Building on the skills learned in Illumination I, Illumination II features illumination styles developed in the Celtic and Renaissance traditions. D’Zmura is an award-winning botanical artist whose experience as a landscape architect enriches her watercolors. Her work is in collections throughout the country.
Bring your wings and the entire family for a day of magic at the Arboretum’s second annual Fairyfest on Saturday, October 14. Follow a trail of fairy houses along enchanted forest paths and join in a meadow maypole dance. Search for gnomes in the Funshine Garden, craft magical treasures to take home, and wave to the Billy Goats Gruff from atop a hay wagon. Live entertainment will take place in our woodland theatre throughout the day. Shimmery face painting, rainbow bubbles, and fairytale games—including archery—are part of the fun. Inspired refreshments and unicorn rides will be available for an additional fee. Fairyfest is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $10 per person, with children ages 2 and under admitted free.
Maryland Master Naturalist Jay Falstad will share his expertise of honeybees and solitary bees during a Family Bee Workshop on Sunday, October 22 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Get a close-up look at bees through an observation hive, and learn how bees pollinate the foods we love. The class is $5 for members, $7 for non-members.
Adkins Arboretum, located in Ridgely, Maryland, is a 400-acre native garden and preserve that promotes the conservation and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay region’s native landscapes. As a model for land management and ecological restoration, the Arboretum fosters community engagement and inspires the adoption of land stewardship practices for a healthier and more beautiful world. Learn more at adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847.