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Apples of North America

Apples of North America: Exceptional Varieties for Gardeners, Growers, and Cooks. The apple is one of the most iconic fruits, traditionally picked on cool fall days and used in pies, crisps, and ciders. And there is a vast world of varieties that goes beyond the common grocery store offerings of Red Delicious and Granny Smith. With names like American Beauty, Carter’s Blue, and Fallawater, and flavors ranging from sweet to tart, this treasure trove of unique apples is ripe for discovery. more »

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The Boston Public Market

The Boston Public Market is the only locally sourced market of its kind in the United States. Everything sold at the Market is produced or originates in New England. The Market is a civic resource, educating the public about food sources, nutrition, and preparation. 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
125 Arborway
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).