Committed to Excellence in Public Engagement

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
February 20, 2019

Committed to Excellence in Public Engagement

Volunteer Dig Deeper

The Arboretum relies on public support to pursue its mission, and volunteers play an essential role in our outreach. Since our centennial in 1972, volunteer docents have trained to lead the majority of free guided tours in the Arboretum landscape, and the more recent arrival of Arboretum Interpreters has further enhanced visitor interaction. Our Field […]

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Care for an extraordinary collection—launch an extraordinary career

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
January 31, 2019

Care for an extraordinary collection—launch an extraordinary career

Dig Deeper Hort education

As a premier botanical institution and partner in the educational mission of Harvard University, the Arnold Arboretum offers horticultural training programs which go beyond teaching technical skills—they open pathways into the diverse work of public gardens and provide an exceptional foundation for building careers in plant-related fields. Through hands-on experience caring for our Living Collections, […]

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Michael Dosmann to be awarded Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration for 2019

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
January 21, 2019

Michael Dosmann to be awarded Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration for 2019

Michael Dosmann and a coppiced Acer griseum growing on steep slopes in Chongqing. Photograph by Tony Aiello. Copyright © 2015, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

Dr. Michael S. Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, has been named the 2019 recipient of the David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration. In an announcement from its headquarters in Hawai‘i, the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) recognized Dosmann for his outstanding contributions to botanical exploration and horticulture. […]

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Full moon, clear sky, trees, ice, lunar eclipse

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
January 21, 2019

Full moon, clear sky, trees, ice, lunar eclipse

Lunar eclipse

Full moon, clear sky, trees, ice, lunar eclipse. A magnificent recipe! Yesterday, after an erratic mixture of snow, sleet, and rain, temperatures plummeted here in New England, leaving each and every tree ensheathed in a thick coat of ice. The full moon, followed by a total lunar eclipse set the stage in the woods behind […]

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A growing role as a living lab

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
January 17, 2019

An international center for the study of plants

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
January 4, 2019

An international center for the study of plants

Opened in 2011, the Arnold Arboretum’s Weld Hill Research Building offers world-class facilities for investigations across the spectrum of botanical and environmental sciences. Home to a vibrant scientific community that includes Harvard University faculty, Weld Hill is outfitted with state-of-the-art molecular laboratories, high-power digital microscopy, and modern controlled growth facilities and greenhouses. In addition to […]

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Looking ahead to a botanically rich new year

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
January 3, 2019

Looking ahead to a botanically rich new year

Tsuga diversifolia

With so much to be thankful for—extraordinary plants, a magnificent landscape, devoted colleagues, and a passionate community of friends of the Arnold Arboretum—I wish all of you a joyous new year, filled with the wonderment of nature. From the depths of winter dormancy, I have chosen one of my favorite memories (among many) of 2018: […]

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In deep winter, trees keep on giving

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
January 2, 2019

Samaras in the sun

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
December 10, 2018

Samaras in the sun

Acer samaras

This past week has been an unbroken streak of sunshine and intense blue skies in Boston, with crisp cold temperatures—perfect for extended walks in the Arnold Arboretum. As I wandered in the Maple Collection, one tree took my breath away, an Amur maple, Acer tataricum ssp. ginnala (701-63*E), whose translucent membranous winged fruits (samaras) collectively […]

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Stewarding an Extraordinary Landscape and Living Collection

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
December 5, 2018

Stewarding an Extraordinary Landscape and Living Collection

Horticulture-Dig-Deeper

The Living Collections of the Arnold Arboretum represent an unparalleled resource for appreciating and understanding our natural world. Our Collections Campaign is a 10-year initiative to expand and enhance the collections as global change poses serious threats to biodiversity. Beyond annual expeditions to collect and preserve germplasm for study and conservation, staff have also focused […]

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