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.
Greenhouses, fall, Arnold Arboretum greenhouses at the Bussey Institution, 1928
Alternate Title: Interior of the coldhouse with plants on the shelves in pots and boxes
Photograph by Lord & Burnham Company
Arboretum Greenhouses on Bussey Institution Site, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
November 8, 1928
A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS, the online catalog of Harvard Library.
The Arnold Arboretum originated on the land of Benjamin Bussey (1757-1842). A self-educated and successful merchant, Bussey donated his considerable estate in Jamaica Plain to Harvard College for the creation of the Bussey Institution, where students would learn agriculture and horticulture. You can also read about the Arboretum’s early history in Arnoldia.
The greenhouse facilities of the Bussey Institution were replaced in 1962 by The Dana Greenhouses, where so many accessions of of our living collections are systematically propagated from seed over a term of years and with expert horticultural care.
The Arnold Arboretum has launched its Campaign for Sustainability, a $250,000 fundraising campaign to improve lighting systems and replace windows in the Dana Greenhouses, renovations aimed at achieving greater energy efficiency and long-term energy savings for the Arboretum’s extensive propagation activities. You can be an important part of this initiative and help ensure the health and vibrancy of our living collections. You can read more about the campaign here.
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