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.
North Meadow, summer, 1972
Alternate Title: North Meadow viewed from the Maple (Acer) Collection
Photograph by Alfred James Fordham (1911-2000)
North Meadow, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
Alfred Fordham came to the Arnold Arboretum as a student trainee in 1929. He stayed until his retirement in 1977, rising to the position of chief propagator. Known unofficially as “The Propagator’s Propagator,” Fordham became internationally recognized. This collection reflects his contribution to horticulture and botany as a plant propagator, lecturer, teacher, and author of more than 50 published papers.
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