Foraging frenzy

by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
July 1, 2019

Kalmia latifolia

by Brendan Keegan, Landscape Crew Gardener
June 14, 2019

Kalmia latifolia

Kalmia latifolia flowers

The small, fast Telico River is a jewel of east Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest. Its clear waters tumble past moss-covered riverbanks while mountain laurels (Kalmia latifolia) abound on the steep, rocky hillsides. My father often fly-fishes there, casting for the brook trout that sway beneath the rapids. When the Arboretum’s mountain laurels explode with flowers […]

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A Thorny Obsession

by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
May 28, 2019

A Thorny Obsession

Please don’t ask me to identify a hawthorn—or rather to distinguish one from another. As a bookwormish horticulture student, memorizing leaf shapes and bud characteristics for plant identification exams, I learned only the basics. In a house yard in the Midwest, I would feel confident saying that a hawthorn with layered horizontal branches and tear-shaped […]

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Magnolia macrophylla

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
May 13, 2019

Magnolia macrophylla

Magnolia macrophylla ssp. macrophylla 961-89*A

In a living collection comprising thousands of distinctive plants from around the world, bigleaf magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla) makes quite a big impression. Living up to its common and scientific names (“macrophylla” literally means “big leaf” in Latin), bigleaf magnolia bears the largest simple leaf (up to 30 inches long) and flowers (up to a foot […]

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Flowering habits

by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
May 1, 2019

Forsythia

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
April 15, 2019

Forsythia

Ektachrome color image of Forsythia from 1940

April is the perfect month to catch the bright flowering of Forsythia. Spring is manifest in these golden-flowered, deciduous shrubs, and the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library curates a number of brilliant Ektachrome color images of Forsythia like the one featured here, captured by an unknown photographer on Beech Path looking toward the ponds, available through […]

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Spring stalwart

by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
April 1, 2019

Winter patchwork

by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
February 25, 2019

Bamboo sprawl

by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
January 24, 2019

Bamboo sprawl

In many gardening circles, the mere mention of bamboo is enough to cause nightmarish shivers. Visions of voracious overgrowth devouring shrubs, birdbaths, and toolsheds inevitably haunt the mind. Here at the Arnold Arboretum, our largest stand of bamboo (Phyllostachys dulcis, accession 1019-89) covers a slope on Peters Hill, where it was planted thirty years ago. […]

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New Year’s elders

by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
December 31, 2018

New Year’s elders

After you’ve sung “Auld Lang Syne” and shot confetti scraps into the air, eaten the silvery herring or popped the twelve grapes (whatever your auspicious New Year’s traditions may be), it’s time to start humming “Pomp and Circumstance.” One hundred years ago, the Arnold Arboretum received the final seed shipments from Ernest Henry Wilson’s sixth […]

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