Harvard University began its involvement with topical botany in Cuba in 1899 in the wake of a meeting between Edwin Atkins (1850–1926), owner of the Soledad Plantation in Cuba and Harvard Professors Oakes Ames and George Goodale, which established The Harvard Botanic Station for Tropical Research and Sugar Cane Investigation.
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The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration by Christabel King explains both scientific botanical illustration and the looser botanical art, and covers materials, collecting and preserving plant specimens, drawing and painting techniques, magnification, using dividers, drawing from life, composition, light and shade and tranferring drawings. more »
Champion trees are the superstars of their species — and there are more than 700 of them in our annual register. Each champion is the result of a lucky combination: growing in a spot protected by the landscape or by people who have cared about and for it, good soil, the right amount of water, and resilience to the elements, surviving storms, disease and pests. 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–4:00pm. 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).