by Lisa E. Pearson
Established in 1872 and designed in collaboration with landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the Arnold Arboretum is a National Historic Landmark. Founded as a partnership between the City of Boston and Harvard University, the Arnold Arboretum is a unique blend of a respected research institution and beloved public park in Boston’s Emerald Necklace. Occupying 281 acres, its living collection of trees, shrubs, and woody vines is recognized as one of the most comprehensive and best documented of its kind in the world. Its lilac collection is a springtime favorite of visitors, along with the magnificent rhododendrons, and in the fall, trees from maples to dawn redwoods provide a wonderful display of color. The living collection is supported by curatorial documentation, a herbarium, library and archival holdings, and a state-of-the-art research center. These facilities and holdings provide the basis for research and education of visitors, students, and scholars from around the world.
Lisa E. Pearson is a long-time resident of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, and librarian at the Arnold
Arboretum. Since 2013, she has been the head of the Horticultural Library and Archives where she curates a
collection of thousands of historical images of the Arboretum’s landscape, activities, and plant collections from the 19th century to the present. Lisa also writes for the journals Arnoldia, Silva, and The Botanical Artist.
Arnold Arboretum is part of the popular Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing. With more than 12,000 titles in print, Arcadia is the largest and most comprehensive publisher of local and regional content in the USA. By empowering local history and culture enthusiasts to write local stories for local audiences, they create exceptional books that enrich lives and bring readers closer to their community, their neighbors, and their past.
Arnold Arboretum is included in our New Books List for March 21, 2016.