The Arnold Arboretum is a public-private partnership of the City of Boston and Harvard University, but derives all funding from past and present philanthropy. Founded through the bequests of farmer Benjamin Bussey and whaling merchant James Arnold, the Arboretum blossomed through important contributions like the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection and the extensive book collections of […]
Austrian-American botanist Joseph Rock gathered thousands of plant and animal samples in his 27 years in the Middle Kingdom, a legacy fundamental to the collections of the Arnold Arboretum and the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology.
Newburyport artist Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord creates evocative constructions of hand-crafted books, bark, seed pods, roots, and other natural materials. Spirit Books, her new exhibition at the Arnold Arboretum, is on view through July 22.
Membership in the Friends of the Arnold Arboretum contributes essential support of our work in botanical exploration, collections and landscape care, and public education. Join today and help ensure the Arboretum’s future.
Lilac Sunday celebrates 110 years in Boston with events from 10am–3pm Pack a picnic…it’s Lilac Sunday! For 110 years, families have made the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University a premier destination to welcome the arrival of the flowering season in Boston. The annual observance of Lilac Sunday—this year celebrated on Sunday, May 13—centers on the […]
An interesting byproduct of planting related species side by side is that pollinating insects can become unwitting hybridizers. Such was certainly the case with one of the Arboretum’s most famous introductions, Hamamelis × intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’. A beautiful and vigorous witch hazel, ‘Arnold Promise’ was named to honor the place where it began, a happy […]
As a partner in the educational mission of Harvard University, the Arnold Arboretum leverages its landscape, collections, and learning resources to support undergraduate education. Arboretum-based faculty and researchers, state-of-the-art laboratories, and the living collections provide field experiences for diverse Harvard classes ranging from the biology of plants and urban ecology to landscape design and even […]