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Plants of China: A Companion to the Flora of China tells the story of Chinese flora through time to the survey of the bioclimatic zones, soundly based on chapters with information on climate, physical geography and soils, and how an understanding of the flora of China is crucial to interpreting plant evolution and fossil history elsewhere in the world. more »
Metasequoia glyptostroboides, popularly known in the west as the "dawn redwood" and in Chinese as shui-sha (water fir), was discovered in the Hupeh (Hubei) Province on the border of Szechuan (Sichuan) Province in west central China in the 1940s. The tree had been believed to have become extinct millions of years ago but that was found not to be the case. more »
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The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library is a specialized collection devoted to the study of temperate woody plants. We collect works on botany, horticulture, floras, urban forestry and taxonomy. The library contains more than 25,000 volumes and 40,000 photographs, and includes an archive that both documents the Arboretum’s history and is a repository for 19th, 20th, and 21st century horticultural and botanical collections.
The library is located in the Hunnewell Building and is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10:00am–3:45pm. The library is closed on weekends and holidays. Changes in hours of operation are posted on this page and at Harvard Library.
We do not require an appointment, but we encourage users with specific research interests to contact us in advance of a visit.
Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-3500
Phone 617.522.1086 / Fax 617.524.1418 – Attention: Library
We are a member of the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (CBHL), an international organization whose purpose is to initiate and improve communications among persons and institutions concerned with the development, maintenance and use of libraries of botanical and horticultural literature.
We are also a member of Digital Commonwealth, a non-profit collaborative organization that provides resources and services to support the creation, management, and dissemination of cultural heritage materials held by Massachusetts libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives. Members may apply for free digitization services from the Boston Public Library as part of a grant awarded by the MBLC (Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners) and funded by the LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act).