A Global Resource for Information About Plants

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
June 1, 2020

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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Frederick Law Olmsted and the Necessity of Urban Parks

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 26, 2020

Frederick Law Olmsted and the Necessity of Urban Parks

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Throughout his career, pioneering landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted created naturalistic masterpieces like the Arnold Arboretum through a guiding set of principles, including a strong belief in the essential benefits of parkland to urban health and democracy. His passion on this subject played a decisive role in Harvard University’s decision to give the Arboretum’s land […]

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Celebrating Women in Plant Science

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 6, 2020

Celebrating Women in Plant Science

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Among the core values of the Arnold Arboretum is a commitment to social justice, which includes fostering an environment for diversity and inclusion as a free public garden and providing equal opportunities for women to succeed in science. For Women’s History Month, we honor some of the remarkable women who have helped shape our legacy. […]

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Expanding Opportunities for Undergraduate Education

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
February 18, 2020

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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A Mission Cultivated By Volunteers

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
January 29, 2020

A Mission Cultivated By Volunteers

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The Arnold Arboretum flourishes through the cooperation of individuals who generously contribute their time, energy, and passion for nature as Arboretum volunteers. Through continuous learning and engagement, Arboretum docents have welcomed and informed Arboretum visitors through personally-crafted tours that reveal the rich stories of our plants and landscape, our history, and our research. On weekends […]

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A Continuing Legacy of Conserving Plants

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
January 1, 2020

A Continuing Legacy of Conserving Plants

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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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A Mission Born and Sustained by Philanthropy

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

A Mission Born and Sustained by Philanthropy

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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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Pioneering plant exploration and collection

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

Pioneering plant exploration and collection

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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

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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

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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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