During her 30 years at Arnold Arboretum, Susan Hardy Brown prepared many thousands of herbarium specimens for staff and researchers. On the occasion of her retirement this month, we spoke with Susan to ask about her curatorial work, her career in the visual arts, and about the history of the Arboretum.
Have you seen this?
For those who don’t know, Nantucket is a town and a county comprised of three islands. The smallest of these is Muskeget Island, registering these days at around 250 acres of sand, American beach grass, bayberry, Rosa rugosa, wild flowers, low Eastern red cedar, and seemingly endless snarls of poison ivy.
Owned by the Town of Nantucket and Crocker Snow, Jr., Muskeget Island is a low, barren scab of post-glacial deposits perched on terminal moraine sediments steadily wearing away into eroding waves. Shorebirds and scant land birds find respite here from the huggermugger of the bigger two islands in this mini archipelago, Nantucket and Tuckernuck Islands. Gray seals have found its isolation from humans, and hungry white sharks, to be such a perfect sanctuary that they’ve turned it into the second largest of their breeding colonies on the East Coast.
Read more about Muskeget Island, its ecology, and its historic importance at The Nantucket Chronicle.