Building an Artist-in-Residence program at the Arboretum

by Sheryl White, Coordinator of Visitor Engagement
October 18, 2018

Building an Artist-in-Residence program at the Arboretum

Tree of Knowledge mural

This past week-end, I traveled to Philadelphia to participate in the Alliance of Artists Communities 2018 Emerging Program Institute. My attendance was due to a rather persistent dream that the Arnold Arboretum will establish an Artist-in Residence Program. The seed is there in a fund initiated four years ago with generous donations of turned wood […]

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Return to the Ozarks

by Tiffany Enzenbacher, Manager of Plant Production, and Kea Woodruff, Plant Growth Facilities Manager
October 15, 2018

Return to the Ozarks

Kea harvesting water hickory nuts

We have just returned from the field, having completed the final 2018 expedition for the Campaign for the Living Collections. With still over a dozen taxa native to the western South on the Campaign target list, we followed in the footsteps of the 2017 Arkansas-Missouri Expedition (with Arboretum participants Robert Dowell, former Living Collections Fellow, […]

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Teaching and learning in the field

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
October 9, 2018

Teaching and learning in the field

DBH tape

field·work /’fēldwərk/, noun 1. practical work conducted by a researcher in the natural environment, rather than in a laboratory or office.   Twenty-two elementary, middle and high school teachers were engaged in exactly that this past August, during the Arnold Arboretum’s annual Summer Institute. With “Investigating Ecosystems Through Fieldwork” as its theme, the Institute brought […]

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Freshmen musings from New Mission High

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
October 2, 2018

Freshmen musings from New Mission High

Fog through Pines

A few weeks ago when the new academic year for Boston Public Schools was just starting, Rene Reyes, a history teacher from the New Mission High School in Hyde Park, reached out to the Arnold Arboretum with a request. How could their entering freshman class visit and engage with a beautiful landscape, and work towards […]

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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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Fall feasting

by Jonathan Damery
October 1, 2018

Flow Through Flowed

by Pam Thompson, Manager of Adult Education
September 25, 2018

Flow Through Flowed

On Saturday evening, September 22, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University hosted Kadence Ensemble, conducted by Maria Finkelmeier, playing her composition Flow Through in the fog on the Hunnewell Building lawn. A collection of musicians from Boston and beyond, Kadence Ensemble gathered in the Hunnewell Lecture Hall for a first group rehearsal on Saturday afternoon. […]

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Notes from the field: The return to Japan

by Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections, and Steve Schneider, Manager of Operations
September 20, 2018

Notes from the field: The return to Japan

The leaves and friable soil slipped beneath us as we climbed—hand over hand—up the slope, careful not to send more boulders ricocheting down the hillside. Luckily, our team was spread out in a near horizontal line, all wearing safety helmets in case more wayward rocks came tumbling down (they did). The bullseye above us was […]

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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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September beauty

by Jonathan Damery
September 14, 2018