Goethe in the Garden

by Ned Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
May 21, 2016

Goethe in the Garden

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So, what did Johann Wolfgang von Goethe have to say about redbuds (the genus Cercis)? Goethe’s wonderful observations on redbuds were published in his Italian Journey (Italienische Reise), at a time when he was deeply immersed in reflecting upon art, antiquities, and plant form – and importantly, spending time in botanical gardens to decipher the underlying principles […]

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Colorful Conifer Cones

by Ned Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
May 14, 2016

Colorful Conifer Cones

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Six weeks ago, larches (Larix) were in full glory with their brilliantly colored young seed cones, just emerged from winter buds. Now, spruces and firs are on display. At left, a rainbow of colors on a young seed cone of the ‘acrocana’ form of Norway spruce (Picea abies; 475-36*B; map here). This wonderful droopy tree (in […]

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Beeches, lindens, and walnuts erupting from buds

by Ned Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
May 4, 2016

Beeches, lindens, and walnuts erupting from buds

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Just a quick note for the continuing celebration of amazing buds bursting forth this past week at the Arnold Arboretum. The beeches are mostly finished (breaking bud), but Fagus orientalis (Oriental beech; 239-29-B) was impressive against the sun on Saturday: a combination of beautiful plications with shadows of overlapping leaves, along with bud scales and […]

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Budburst!

by Ned Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
April 23, 2016

Darwin asleep under the trees

by Ned Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
April 12, 2016

Darwin asleep under the trees

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Charles Darwin loved nature. He also was deeply in love with his wife Emma. This beautiful letter from Charles to Emma was written on this day (April 12) in 1858, just a year and a half before On the Origin of Species was published; a point when Darwin was deeply immersed in deciphering the secrets of descent […]

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Larch cones in spring

by Ned Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
April 2, 2016

Willows in flower

by Ned Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
March 26, 2016

13 reasons to visit the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University today

by Ned Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
March 14, 2016

13 reasons to visit the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University today

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1. High temperature around 60F 2. Perfect blue skies 3. Acer x freemanii (Freeman maple) 318-2006*A in flower (image here) 4. Acer saccharinum (silver maple) 1142-85*A in flower (image here) 5. Alnus serrulata (hazel alder) 389-2002*A in flower (image here) 6. Cornus officinalis (Japanese cornel dogwood) 8153-1*A in flower (image here) 7. Salix gracilistyla (rosegold […]

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Green bark

by Ned Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
March 5, 2016

A tale of two cities

by Ned Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
February 28, 2016