After navigating the city streets, the tree eventually arrived at its planting location in the conifers, a perennially moist spot adjacent a nearby spring. Some 43 years later, this tree has established in the landscape, yet not without trial and tribulation.
Paths, summer, Willow Path restoration, 1982
Alternate Title: Willow (Salix) with Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) by Willow Path
Photograph by Sheila Connor (1947-, American)
Willow Path, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
Sheila Connor began working in the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library in 1970, and retired in 2012 as Horticultural Research Archivist. Sheila’s visionary leadership brought the library and its collections into the digital age. Along with creating and curating the Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum in 1984, Sheila supervised renovations to the Hunnewell Building in 1993, and wrote New England Natives, a defining book about the Arnold Arboretum and the trees of the New England. Sheila also wrote numerous articles for Arnoldia, was recognized as a Harvard Hero in 2007, and is currently Senior Ambassador at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Willow Path is one of the most popular trails for visitors at The Arnold Arboretum. Read more about the recent plantings that replaced a lightning-damaged Metasequoia glytostroboides on Willow Path in 2014.
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