The browns of winter

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
December 9, 2019

Golden larches never disappoint

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
November 18, 2019

Hunting magnolia fruits at the Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
October 20, 2019

My quest for a great winged elm for the Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
September 16, 2019

My quest for a great winged elm for the Arboretum

winged bark

On Saturday, I joined the Arnold Arboretum collecting expedition in the northwest corner of Georgia. Here, the low mountains are covered with some of the richest diversity of woody plants anywhere in North America. In addition to Andrew Gapinski (Head of Horticulture), Sean Halloran (Plant Propagator), and Jared Rubinstein (Living Collections Fellow), we were joined […]

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A beautiful parasite

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
August 19, 2019

Eminent panicle hydrangeas

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
July 15, 2019

Eminent panicle hydrangeas

panicle hydrangea flowers

There are certain times of the year when the Arnold Arboretum must be inhaled to round out the full experience. Right now, different parts of the Arboretum are dominated by aromatic compounds volatilizing from the flowers of linden trees (Tilia spp.) and the magnificent panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata). With temperatures high and the sun intense, […]

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Spruce cone colors at peak

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
May 18, 2019

Two stunners worth finding

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

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
March 9, 2019