Next Wednesday, May 1, Ned Friedman, director of the Arnold Arboretum will be speaking at the Newton Conservators annual dinner on “The Evolution of Big,” about how certain plants evolved the ability to grow big, and how most of them became extinct. He’s an excellent speaker, as anyone who heard him at our Newton Tree Conservancy annual lecture at the Library a couple of years ago may remember. The event is 6 pm to 9 pm at American Legion Post 440 on California Street. I went to last year’s dinner, and the food was good, as well as the company. You don’t have to be a Newton Conservators member to go! (You don’t even have to believe in evolution 😉 ) Tickets are $35, and you’ll be helping support a good organization. You can get more information or reserve a ticket here.