Centennial wings

by Jonathan Damery, Editor of Arnoldia
December 20, 2019

Copper copse

by Jonathan Damery, Editor of Arnoldia
November 27, 2019

Fall groundwork

by Jonathan Damery, Editor of Arnoldia
October 31, 2019

Modern oak

by Jonathan Damery, Editor of Arnoldia
September 30, 2019

Founding fruit

by Jonathan Damery, Editor of Arnoldia
August 28, 2019

Shrub styles

by Jonathan Damery, Editor of Arnoldia
July 31, 2019

Foraging frenzy

by Jonathan Damery, 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, 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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