The umbrellas of Jamaica Plain

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
February 12, 2018

The umbrellas of Jamaica Plain

Sciadopitys verticillata 503-70*C

In 1861, Dr. George Rogers Hall of Rhode Island sent the first shipment of living plants from Japan to New England. Consigned to Harvard historian and horticulturist Francis Parkman, the plants were cultivated with great success in his garden in Jamaica Plain. Hall returned from Yokohama a year later, bringing more plants with him. Some […]

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Harvard researchers discover a new species of hemlock

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
February 7, 2018

Harvard researchers discover a new species of hemlock

Ulleungdo hemlock

Peter Del Tredici, Senior Research Scientist Emeritus at the Arboretum, co-authored a study on the discovery of a new hemlock from Korea. The first novel conifer species to be described in a decade, the Ulleungdo hemlock interests biologists and horticulturists due to its natural resistance to the hemlock woolly adelgid.

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Expanding the reach of the bionic leaf

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
February 3, 2018

Expanding the reach of the bionic leaf

Postdoctoral fellow Kelsey Sakimoto

Scientists estimate that food supplies will need to double by 2050 to meet demand. In greenhouse experiments conducted at the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard researchers discovered a way to more than double crop size by introducing a soil bacterium that converts nitrogen from the atmosphere into robust and sustainable fertilizer.

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Committed to Excellence in Public Engagement

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
February 1, 2018

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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A giant among dwarf conifers

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
January 31, 2018

A giant among dwarf conifers

Dwarf Alberta spruce

The discovery and introduction of Picea glauca var. albertiana f. conica is a remarkable example of horticultural discovery as happenstance. In 1904, staff members Alfred Rehder and John G. Jack took a stroll while waiting at a train station near Lake Laggan, Alberta, and noticed some unusual dwarf spruces growing nearby. They speculated that a […]

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The lost art of looking at plants

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
January 29, 2018

The lost art of looking at plants

2017 Plant Anatomy Summer Course

Although the genomics era led many plant biologists away from physiology and morphology, the latest generation of technological advances is steering them back. Read about how imaging technology in particular is renewing the appetite to study plant diversity, fueled by initiatives such as the Arboretum’s summer short course in plant morphology.

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Field Study Experiences at the Arnold Arboretum

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

As climate changes, so does wine

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
January 10, 2018

As climate changes, so does wine

winegrapes

Most wine is produced from the same 12 varieties of grapes, a huge concern for growers in the face of climate change. Elizabeth Wolkovich, Ignacio Morales-Castilla, and colleagues have published research suggesting the other ~1100 varieties of grapes and the diversity of their attributes may play an important role in the future of the wine […]

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An international center for the study of plants

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
January 8, 2018

An international center for the study of plants

Weld Hill Dig Deeper

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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Director William (Ned) Friedman elected to the Linnean Society

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
December 4, 2017

Director William (Ned) Friedman elected to the Linnean Society

William (Ned) Friedman

William (Ned) Friedman, Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (Harvard University), and Director and Faculty Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum, has been elected a Foreign Member of the Linnean Society of London (FMLS)—one of only fifty scholars in the world to be distinguished with the honor. The Linnean Society of London serves science as […]

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