A Continuing Legacy of Conserving Plants

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
October 25, 2018

A Continuing Legacy of Conserving Plants

Conservation at the Arnold Arboretum

Dedicated to stewardship and discovery, the Arnold Arboretum advances conservation programs as a priority. Founding Director Charles Sprague Sargent set the stage as author of the Forestry Census of 1884, a groundbreaking document in the formation of US conservation policy. Sargent also initiated the Arboretum’s pioneering work in plant exploration, extending global reach to our […]

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Glowing brilliant red Chinese endemic shrubs at the Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
October 22, 2018

Glowing brilliant red Chinese endemic shrubs at the Arboretum

Heptacodium miconioides

Seventy-three years is a long wait. That’s what it took between the Arnold Arboretum’s Ernest Henry Wilson (the great explorer of Asian plant biodiversity in the early twentieth century) first observing seven son flower (Heptacodium miconioides) in Hubei in 1907 and its arrival in the living collections here in Boston. Only in 1980, with the […]

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Arboretum recognized for nationally accredited collections

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
October 19, 2018

Fog × Macbeth brings Shakespeare to the Arboretum

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
October 11, 2018

Carbon tax on beech trees!

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
October 1, 2018

Carbon tax on beech trees!

Beech drops

A serendipitous encounter with a magnificent population of beech-drops on Peters Hill has really made my week. Beech-drops (Epifagus virginiana) is a flowering plant whose ancestors lost the ability to photosynthesize. It obtains all of its organic carbon by invading the fine roots of American beech trees (Fagus grandifolia). Not a touch of green can […]

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Fog × Macbeth brings Shakespeare to the Arboretum

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
September 26, 2018

Fog × Macbeth brings Shakespeare to the Arboretum

Fog x Macbeth

Witches, murder, intrigue—all will be revealed in the fog. Or will it? On Sunday, October 21 at 5:00pm, Actors’ Shakespeare Project (ASP) conjures William Shakespeare’s Macbeth amid the shifting atmosphere of Fujiko Nakaya’s fog installation at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Fog x Macbeth will be a free performance of an abridged version of […]

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Nakaya’s fog sculptures lift Boston parks

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
September 18, 2018

A kaleidoscope of fruits at the Arnold Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
September 16, 2018

A kaleidoscope of fruits at the Arnold Arboretum

Broussonetia papyrifera

Late afternoons in September, with shadows blanketing the landscape and sun flecks dancing on individual trees and shrubs, are heaven. This is the perfect time to see the nearly limitless variety of colors, shapes, textures, and sizes of fruits at the Arnold Arboretum, without the distraction of fall colors. The fruits stand out against the […]

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President Lawrence Bacow addresses the Harvard Class of 2022

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

President Lawrence Bacow addresses the Harvard Class of 2022

President Lawrence Bacow

In his first convocation address as President of Harvard, Lawrence Bacow encouraged the Class of 2022 to pursue their curiosity through Harvard’s rich opportunities, from viewing the heights of human creativity on display at the Harvard Art Museums to exploring the astonishing diversity of temperate flora at the Arnold Arboretum.

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How the pear got its spots

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
September 3, 2018

How the pear got its spots

Pyrus bretschneideri

Rarely, if ever, have I wandered through the pear (Pyrus) collection at the Arnold Arboretum and seen another person. So, this is a plea to venture to unfamiliar territory and enjoy looking at some wonderful pear fruits in various shades of green, with different fungal patinas—and take in their lenticel-spotted surfaces (more on lenticels below). […]

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