Winter patchwork

by Jonathan Damery
February 25, 2019

February Family Hike: Over and Under the Snow

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
February 19, 2019

EVERGREEN! Braving the cold

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
January 28, 2019

EVERGREEN! Braving the cold

Conifer Collection

January 20 was the day of our first winter storm, turning every surface to ice, closing our Visitor Center, and forcing the cancellation of that afternoon’s scheduled Family Hike. Sunday, January 27 looked auspicious for a rescheduled hike focused on evergreens, at least that is until clouds and wind picked up. However, one family braved the conditions […]

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Bamboo sprawl

by Jonathan Damery
January 24, 2019

New and emerging pests at the Arnold Arboretum

by Jared Rubinstein, Living Collections Fellow
January 23, 2019

New and emerging pests at the Arnold Arboretum

Spotted lanternfly Lawrence Barringer Penn. Dept. of Ag.

Dutch elm disease. Emerald ash borer. Hemlock woolly adelgid. These invasive pests and diseases still strike terror in some of our hearts and unfortunately, the exotic pest nightmare is far from over! Each year, according to a 2016 study, 57 exotic forest pests are imported into the Commonwealth. While each of those 57 pests won’t […]

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Pencil, paper, and the Nature Journal Workshop

by Sheryl White, Coordinator of Visitor Engagement
January 15, 2019

Pencil, paper, and the Nature Journal Workshop

Regina Gardner Milan

Last Saturday’s (January 12) frigid temperatures found eight young artists gathering indoors—to explore the outdoors—in a Nature Journal Workshop at the Arnold Arboretum with exhibiting artist Regina Gardner Milan. Participating students ranging in age from 8 to 12 years old encountered tables displaying collections of leaves, acorns, pods, shells, even a rodent skull, along with […]

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New Year’s elders

by Jonathan Damery
December 31, 2018

Chickadees call back the sun

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
December 19, 2018

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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Tree on the move

by Jonathan Damery
December 3, 2018