An international center for the study of plants

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
January 4, 2019

An international center for the study of plants

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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Stewarding an Extraordinary Landscape and Living Collection

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
December 5, 2018

Stewarding an Extraordinary Landscape and Living Collection

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The Living Collections of the Arnold Arboretum represent an unparalleled resource for appreciating and understanding our natural world. Our Collections Campaign is a 10-year initiative to expand and enhance the collections as global change poses serious threats to biodiversity. Beyond annual expeditions to collect and preserve germplasm for study and conservation, staff have also focused […]

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A Continuing Legacy of Conserving Plants

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
October 25, 2018

A Continuing Legacy of Conserving Plants

Conservation at the Arnold Arboretum

Dedicated to stewardship and discovery, the Arnold Arboretum advances conservation programs as a priority. Founding Director Charles Sprague Sargent set the stage as author of the Forestry Census of 1884, a groundbreaking document in the formation of US conservation policy. Sargent also initiated the Arboretum’s pioneering work in plant exploration, extending global reach to our […]

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Boosting Life Science Education for Public Schools

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

Boosting Life Science Education for Public Schools

School Programs Dig Deeper

For three decades, the Arnold Arboretum has offered free science programs in our landscape for pre-school and elementary students from Greater Boston’s public schools as a part of our educational mission. Our Field Studies Programs emphasize inquiry and hands-on learning with topics ranging from flower form and seed dispersal to changing ecosystems. Up to 2,000 […]

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A Dynamic Cultural Institution Rooted in Nature

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

A Dynamic Cultural Institution Rooted in Nature

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The Arnold Arboretum represents a vital cultural resource for Boston and New England, both as a historical landscape designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and as a center for the study and appreciation of our natural heritage. Through outreach programs for adults and childen alike, the Arboretum inspires the public to engage with the Arboretum’s collections […]

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Generating and Renewing a Living Collection

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
July 13, 2018

Generating and Renewing a Living Collection

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For accessioned plants at the Arnold Arboretum, life begins at the Dana Greenhouses. From testing how to coax seeds of novel species to germinate, to re-propagating plant lineages important to history and research, propagation keeps our Living Collections in continuous renewal. The Arboretum carefully documents plant production activities, protocols, and experiments, providing vital historical information […]

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Bridging the West and East to Preserve Biodiversity

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
July 2, 2018

Bridging the West and East to Preserve Biodiversity

Asia Dig Deeper

The importance of Asia’s plant diversity and its relationship to the flora of North America has been a focus of the Arboretum from the beginning. The pioneering theories of disjunction by Harvard botanist Asa Gray were championed by Founding Director Charles Sprague Sargent, who launched the Arboretum’s historic work in botanical exploration by contracting William […]

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A Mission Born and Sustained by Philanthropy

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

A Mission Born and Sustained by Philanthropy

DigDeeper Philanthropy

The Arnold Arboretum is a public-private partnership of the City of Boston and Harvard University, but derives all funding from past and present philanthropy. Founded through the bequests of farmer Benjamin Bussey and whaling merchant James Arnold, the Arboretum blossomed through important contributions like the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection and the extensive book collections of […]

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Connecting You to the Natural World

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

Connecting You to the Natural World

Public Programs Dig Deeper

The Arnold Arboretum is a living museum of plants, and the growing season offers the perfect time to explore its meaning and diversity. From opportunities to learn about important topics in classes and lectures to informal gatherings in the landscape like Tree Mobs™ and Bonsai and Penjing Pavilion Open Houses, the Arboretum strives to engage […]

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Expanding Opportunities for Undergraduate Education

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 19, 2018

Expanding Opportunities for Undergraduate Education

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As a partner in the educational mission of Harvard University, the Arnold Arboretum leverages its landscape, collections, and learning resources to support undergraduate education. Arboretum-based faculty and researchers, state-of-the-art laboratories, and the living collections provide field experiences for diverse Harvard classes ranging from the biology of plants and urban ecology to landscape design and even […]

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