Plants under quarantine

by Jonathan Damery, Editor of Arnoldia
April 1, 2020

Plants under quarantine

Flowers of the spike winterhazel (Corylopsis spicata, accession 10544*A)

By the beginning of October 1918, the influenza pandemic was racing through Boston. Businesses had been shuttered. Schools had been closed. A local conference for the National Association of Gardeners was postponed. Meanwhile, at the Arnold Arboretum, director Charles Sprague Sargent was finding it increasingly difficult to navigate a quarantine of a different nature—one designed […]

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