10 Beautiful Plants to Look for on a Fall Foliage Walk

by Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture
October 19, 2016

10 Beautiful Plants to Look for on a Fall Foliage Walk

Fall Foliage in the Leventritt Garden 10/18/2016

Leaf-peeping is a time-honored tradition in New England for visitors and residents alike. But you don’t need to leave the city to enjoy nature’s handiwork. Take a stroll through the Arnold Arboretum landscape to check out our tops picks for autumn color! 1. Cultivar of red maple (Acer rubrum ‘Schlesingeri’; 3256*A) located directly across Meadow Road from the […]

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Plant Collecting in the Republic of Georgia: Part 1

by Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture
October 8, 2016

Plant Collecting in the Republic of Georgia: Part 1

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University has launched a 10-year initiative to expand and refine our collections of living plants–The Campaign for the Living Collections. This cross-institutional effort focused on plant exploration, collection, and production aims to enhance the Arboretum’s resources for research and conservation. Arnold Arboretum Manager of Horticulture Andrew Gapinski and Director of Operations Stephen Schneider just returned from […]

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Witch-hazels in winter (Part 2)

by Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture
March 9, 2016

Witch-hazels in winter (Part 2)

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena'

With several specimens in hearty bloom now, the Arboretum’s witch-hazel collection includes some of the most diverse and fascinating plants in our winter and early spring landscape. In Part 1 of this series, Horticulture Manager Andrew Gapinksi offered an introduction to the genus, as well details on some standout specimens. Keep reading for more recommendations […]

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Witch-hazels in winter (Part 1)

by Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture
February 23, 2016

Witch-hazels in winter (Part 1)

Hamamelis vernalis

“Whilst winter’s hand is yet heavy on the land the witch-hazels boldly put forth their star-shaped yellow blossoms but the native Hamamelis vernalis is over-shadowed by its more brilliant Chinese and Japanese relatives.” –Ernest H. Wilson, Plant Hunting, 1927 One of the amazing events each winter and early spring at the Arboretum is the blooming […]

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Rising through the Ranks

by Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture
October 27, 2014

Our future…

by Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture
June 27, 2014

Our future…

Since 2008, the Arboretum and the Norfolk County Agricultural High School have partnered to offer junior-level students a plant science and collections management internship experience at the Arboretum. Over the last five weeks, our ten “Aggie” interns learned and worked alongside our talented staff across the institution on topics ranging from pruning, planting, and IPM […]

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‘Class of 2014’

by Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture
June 3, 2014

Dove Tree Takes Wing

by Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture
May 21, 2014

A legend in bloom

by Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture
May 8, 2014

An endemic Japanese alder flowers on Willow Path

by Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture
April 29, 2014

An endemic Japanese alder flowers on Willow Path

As we approach May, many of our native Massachusetts alder (Alnus) species have already reached peak bloom and dropped their flowers. Luckily, there is still a chance to see the spectacular pendulating catkins (tiny flower clusters) of several later flowering Asiatic alder species along Willow Path. As Curatorial Fellow, I have been evaluating the Arboretum’s alder […]

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