Flowering habits

by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
May 1, 2019

Two stunners worth finding

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
April 21, 2019

Forsythia

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
April 15, 2019

Forsythia

Ektachrome color image of Forsythia from 1940

April is the perfect month to catch the bright flowering of Forsythia. Spring is manifest in these golden-flowered, deciduous shrubs, and the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library curates a number of brilliant Ektachrome color images of Forsythia like the one featured here, captured by an unknown photographer on Beech Path looking toward the ponds, available through […]

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Families celebrate redwing blackbirds’ return

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
April 15, 2019

Families celebrate redwing blackbirds’ return

Mother daughter capes

Under a shining sun, families enjoyed delightfully creative activities on Sunday, April 14 to welcome back redwing blackbirds. Children and parents wore capes, applied temporary tattoos, played a redwing blackbird memory game, went on a StoryWalk, and learned about the songs of various common birds with the help of puppets and real bird calls recorded […]

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Swallows, springtime, and “Carol of the Bells”

by Brendan Keegan, Landscape Crew Gardener
April 12, 2019

Swallows, springtime, and “Carol of the Bells”

Visitors on the grounds may have noticed small numbers of migrant male tree swallows, recently returned from Central America, circling above the Arboretum landscape. Watching them gracefully swoop above the meadows, it is easy to understand why swallow species as a whole are beloved signs of the spring around the world. Ukrainians, for example, celebrate […]

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Learning Through Flower Dissections

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
April 11, 2019

Learning Through Flower Dissections

pussy willow examination

Last Saturday teachers participated in the Flower Dissection program of the Arboretum for Educators, a monthly program aimed at helping teachers learn more about using the natural world for purposeful science learning. This particular class followed the 5E Instructional Model, both as a way to learn new teaching strategies and to experience what it is […]

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Spotlight on seasonal shifts in trees

by Kristel Schoonderwoerd, Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum
April 8, 2019

Spotlight on seasonal shifts in trees

carya ovata bud burst

One of the joys of living in the temperate world is to experience the days lengthening in spring, the temperatures increasing, and our woody vegetation waking up in response. After a long hiatus, we suddenly see trees flushing flowers and leaves and we realize that their development has silently snuck up on us. These noiseless […]

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Spring stalwart

by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
April 1, 2019

Earliest spring is red

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
March 30, 2019

Earliest spring is red

silver maple flower

Early spring flowering is well underway at the Arnold Arboretum. Of special note today, are those wind-pollinated species whose flowers are essentially reduced to little more than the structures that produce pollen or seeds (no need for showy petals to attract pollinators). Among temperate woody plants, these early spring wind-pollinated taxa typically have unisexual flowers, […]

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Science on the road

by Robin Hopkins, Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; Faculty Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
March 29, 2019

Science on the road

Science conference Hopkins

With the start of spring, we are all looking for a little inspiration and new life. I said goodbye to winter and hello to spring at a scientific conference in sunny California along with two graduate students in the Hopkins Lab, Ben Goulet and Austin Garner. There we shared exciting new research results and learned […]

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