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The anniversary of Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species'

by Ned Friedman, November 24, 2015

The anniversary of Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’


On this date, November 24, in 1859, Charles Darwin’s masterpiece, On the Origin of Species, was published in London. Darwin was an avid reader of the horticultural literature of his time and his deep knowledge of domestication history (artificial selection) played a critical role in helping to explain the broader principle of natural selection to […]

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Turkey Days

by Nancy Rose, November 23, 2015

Turkey Days


Benjamin Franklin famously thought the wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) would have been a more admirable symbol for America than the bald eagle. The large populations of wild turkeys that inhabited North America were greatly reduced through hunting and habitat destruction in the centuries following European settlement, but conservation efforts in the twentieth century successfully reintroduced […]

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Notes on the dawn redwood

by Ned Friedman, November 22, 2015

New solar panels bring renewable energy to Arboretum

by Arnold Arboretum, November 16, 2015

New solar panels bring renewable energy to Arboretum

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As a leading institution for deepening understanding and appreciation of plants, horticulture, and biodiversity, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University has been a longtime proponent of environmental sustainability. In addition to cutting edge research on climate change and its impact on plant life and ecosystems conducted at the Arboretum’s Weld Hill Research Building, the Arboretum […]

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A close-up of Chinese catalpa

by Ned Friedman, November 15, 2015

Boston Educators Explore All Things Birds

by Ana Maria McGuire, November 12, 2015

Late Bloomer

by Nancy Rose, November 10, 2015

Beech Trees at Peak Foliage Color

by Ned Friedman, November 9, 2015

Majestic Oaks Near Bussey Hill

by Ned Friedman, November 3, 2015

How to follow in the footsteps of Ernest Henry Wilson

by Ned Friedman, October 26, 2015