Orange Bark

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
January 17, 2017

Boston Teachers Learn How to Read Twigs

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
January 12, 2017

Boston Teachers Learn How to Read Twigs

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An editor reads books. A mathematician reads numbers. A doctor reads x-rays. A botanist reads…..TWIGS! On Saturday, several Boston area teachers became botanists for the morning. Michael Dosmann, Curator of Living Collections, taught teachers how to interpret the bumps, shapes, and nicks on a twig. The variety of terminal buds alone makes for interesting reading. […]

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Focus on Phenology: What’s Eating You?

by Danny Schissler, Research Assistant, Friedman Lab
January 3, 2017

Bountiful Bayberries

by Nancy Rose, Editor of Arnoldia
January 3, 2017

2016 Favorites and a New Year’s Resolution

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
January 1, 2017

2016 Favorites and a New Year’s Resolution

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“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…” Well, you know the rest. But, if I may, please make a resolution for 2017 to step off your familiar paths in the Arnold Arboretum and explore some new territory, with magnificent plants and vistas yet unseen. And if you have not been to the Arnold Arboretum recently, […]

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Arboretum Values: Collect, Share, Study, Steward

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
December 12, 2016

Arboretum Values: Collect, Share, Study, Steward

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As all of you who graciously read my Posts know, I truly love the Arnold Arboretum. It is a deeply important part of my life. That said, we are living in unsettling times, and I have been thinking hard about the interrelated questions, “what does the Arnold Arboretum stand for, and what does it mean to the […]

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Boston educators examine tree architecture

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
December 5, 2016

Boston educators examine tree architecture

Teachers sketch trees

“Now is the best season for arborists. Leaves and flowers? That’s just a distraction!” So began Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture, as he addressed about a dozen Boston area teachers during this month’s Arboretum for Educators event, Tree Study part 1: Examining Tree Architecture. Armed with a sketch book and pencil, participants visited select trees […]

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Gleditsia in the Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
December 5, 2016

Gleditsia in the Arboretum

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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 […]

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Tree Bones

by Nancy Rose, Editor of Arnoldia
December 1, 2016

Introducing young teachers to the outdoor classroom

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
November 22, 2016

Introducing young teachers to the outdoor classroom

Students explore North Woods

Each spring and fall, the Field Study Experiences utilizes the Arnold Arboretum’s North Woods as the ideal classroom for kids to experience the natural world. With volunteer guides, students venture into a small forest, overturn rotting logs, and observe soil-dwelling organisms with bug boxes and probes. The North Woods functions as an equally effective classroom […]

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