Dig Deeper

North Idaho Expedition - collecting Salix exigua along Priest River

 Pioneering Botanical Exploration Across the Globe


Through over 140 years of plant exploration, the Arnold Arboretum has assembled world-renowned Living Collections. Responding to global habitat destruction and climate change, the Arboretum is building on its important legacy by accelerating efforts for collecting, preserving, and studying biodiversity through the Campaign for the Living Collections. This autumn, Arboretum staff and associates collected plants in the Republic of Georgia, China, and across several states in the southeastern US. To increase the value of the Living Collections to aid science, horticulture, public education, and conservation, the Campaign will acquire approximately 400 species from native populations across the temperate zone over the next decade. Please help sustain this critical resource for Boston and the world by making a gift today. more »
 

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Apply now through February 10 for the Isabella Welles Hunnewell Internship Program, and explore collections management this summer at the Arnold Arboretum.

Plant Profile

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Tree Bones
November 30, 2016 Arnold Arboretum
The leafless months provide an opportunity to fully appreciate the branching patterns of trees.
 

What's New

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Harvard reaches landmark greenhouse gas reduction goal
December 9, 2016 Harvard University Sustainability
Through the cooperation of students, staff, and faculty, Harvard University has met a goal set in 2008 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2016. Energy conservation strategies at the Arboretum contributing to this university-wide goal include the installation of solar arrays at two Arboretum facilities and the use of geothermal wells for heating and cooling Weld Hill.
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Boston Educators Examine Tree Architecture
December 5, 2016 Arnold Arboretum
Andrew Gapinski teaches Boston area educators about tree architecture and the factors that influence growth habits.
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Gleditsia in the Arboretum
December 3, 2016 Ned Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
The Arnold Arboretum has two wonderful clusters of honey locust trees (genus Gleditsia); one on the west flank of Peters Hill, and the other appropriately embedded in the legume (pea family) collection next to Rehder Pond. Now is a great time to literally see the (pea pod-like) fruits of these trees' labors, hanging (or on the ground) from the otherwise naked branches.
Students explore North Woods
Introducing young teachers to the outdoor classroom
November 22, 2016 Children's Programs
Each fall and spring the Arboretum hosts Early Education majors from Boston University School of Education. Coming with their professor, Dr. Nermeen Dashoush, these students may find the woods as novel as a first grader would.