Chickadees, from egg to airborne

by Brendan Keegan, Landscape Crew Gardener
June 20, 2018

The Spirit Books at the Arnold Arboretum – Part 2

by Guest Writer: Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord, Artist and Author
June 11, 2018

Insects prefer yellow

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
June 11, 2018

Insects prefer yellow

DirectorsBlog_flowercolorchange_FEATURED

Every spring and summer, I keep an eye out for species whose flowers regularly change color, typically from yellow to red. This is especially evident among the buckeyes and horse-chestnuts (Aesculus) where just-opened flowers will have prominent splotches of yellow (to attract insect pollinators) that change to red (upper image; Aesculus turbinata, Japanese horsechestnut; 219-35*A) over the […]

Continue reading


A partnership for plants

by Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections
June 8, 2018

A partnership for plants

Corylus fargesii

I recall my first visit to the US National Arboretum in November of 2001. I was a Putnam Fellow working with Peter Del Tredici (then Director of Living Collections and now Senior Research Scientist Emeritus), and we were attending the annual meeting of the North America-China Plant Exploration Consortium (NACPEC). NACPEC is a loose confederation […]

Continue reading


Name the shades

by Jonathan Damery
June 4, 2018

What’s blooming?

by Terry Huang, Living Collections Fellow
May 31, 2018

Housework for nesting birds

by Brendan Keegan, Landscape Crew Gardener
May 24, 2018

Whitesbog blues

by Jonathan Damery
May 18, 2018

Whitesbog blues

At the grocery store, it’s easy to take fresh blueberries for granted. Packed within plastic cases, the jewel-like fruits are available year-round, almost without question. But a collection of blueberries at the Arnold Arboretum—that is to say, highbush blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum), which are now flowering—provides a reminder of the not-so-distant time when blueberries were just […]

Continue reading


Impressions from a visiting professor

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
May 17, 2018

Impressions from a visiting professor

Olga Mayoral

Recently, the Arnold Arboretum hosted a six week visit by Olga Mayoral, a professor from the Department of Experimental and Social Sciences (Faculty of Teacher Training) of the Universitat de València in Spain. She is also a researcher at the Botanic Garden of the Universitat de València. Olga’s stay in March and April 2018 was […]

Continue reading


The Spirit Books at the Arnold Arboretum – Part 1

by Guest Writer: Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord, Artist and Author
May 9, 2018

The Spirit Books at the Arnold Arboretum – Part 1

Spirit Book #99 by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to exhibit the Spirit Books at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in Boston, and be a part of the mission to foster greater understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of Earth’s botanical diversity and its essential value to humankind.  Over the next few months (the exhibit is on view until […]

Continue reading