Pioneering plant exploration and collection

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
October 24, 2019

Pioneering plant exploration and collection

Dig deeper plant exploration

Through nearly 150 years of plant exploration, the Arnold Arboretum has assembled its renowned living collections. Responding to global change and habitat destruction, the Arboretum is building on its legacy by accelerating efforts to collect, preserve, and study biodiversity through the Campaign for the Living Collections. This year, Arboretum staff journeyed to Japan in spring […]

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Boosting Life Science Education for Public Schools

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
September 27, 2019

Boosting Life Science Education for Public Schools

School Programs Dig Deeper

In October, students from around Boston return to our landscape as our fall school programs begin. For over three decades, the Arnold Arboretum has offered free science programs for pre-school and elementary students from Greater Boston’s public schools as a part of our educational mission. Our Field Studies Experiences emphasize inquiry and hands-on learning with […]

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Championing sustainability and renewable energy

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
September 11, 2019

Championing sustainability and renewable energy

Sustainability Dig Deeper

Embodying a unique partnership between Harvard University and the City of Boston, the Arnold Arboretum is committed to helping both entities build resiliency in the face of climate change and reach carbon neutrality by the year 2050. Projects toward this goal over the past decade have included modernizing upgrades at the Hunnewell Building and Dana […]

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Bridging the West and East to Preserve Biodiversity

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
August 22, 2019

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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Community connection for science and nature

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
July 1, 2019

Community connection for science and nature

Public Programs Dig Deeper

The Arnold Arboretum is a 281-acre museum of living plants, and summer is the perfect time to explore. From learning about important topics in classes and lectures, to engaging volunteer programs that build knowledge and community, to opportunities that promote health and well being outdoors: the Arboretum strives to cultivate a deeper appreciation of nature […]

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A Global Resource for Information About Plants

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
May 31, 2019

A Global Resource for Information About Plants

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The Arnold Arboretum serves humanity as a premier destination for deepening understanding and appreciation of the plant kingdom. The Horticultural Library contributes significantly to this mission, stewarding a research collection of some 25,000 volumes on botany, horticulture, urban forestry, and more. The Library also houses the Arnold Arboretum Archives, which preserves and shares the Arboretum’s […]

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Expanding Opportunities for Undergraduate Education

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
May 8, 2019

Expanding Opportunities for Undergraduate Education

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As a partner in the educational mission of Harvard University, the Arboretum leverages its 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. A summer short course connects students with […]

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Honoring Frederick Law Olmsted’s legacy

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
April 26, 2019

Honoring Frederick Law Olmsted’s legacy

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April 26 is the birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. In 1877, he partnered with Arboretum Founding Director Charles Sprague Sargent to design the Arnold Arboretum, two decades after his landmark design for New York’s Central Park and one year before he began work on Boston’s Emerald Necklace. The Arboretum’s […]

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Acting Locally to Understand Global Change

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
April 16, 2019

Acting Locally to Understand Global Change

Dig Deeper into climate studies at the Arboretum

As a center for plant science, the Arnold Arboretum contributes to the study of our changing planet. At Weld Hill, state-of-the-art laboratories and tools enable researchers to investigate how plants will respond to changes like higher concentrations of carbon in the atmosphere. An ongoing project with Boston University collects data on nitrogen and other atmospheric […]

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Legacies and New Directions in Mapping

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 22, 2019

Legacies and New Directions in Mapping

From the original Frederick Law Olmsted paper map imagining “Harvard’s Arboretum” to advanced satellite navigation systems that track our landscape on your desktop or mobile device, mapping is fundamental to documenting our 281-acre landscape and plant collections. Historical maps highlight our legacy of plant exploration and depict the development of the Arboretum, including a grid […]

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