Science in the schoolyard

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
May 28, 2019

Science in the schoolyard

Mission Hill playground

More than a dozen Boston Public School teachers and area educators participated in a two-day professional development institute hosted by the Arnold Arboretum and the Museum of Science, in collaboration with the Friends of the Boston Schoolyards. Science in the Schoolyard—Teaching Science Standards With Outdoor Spaces aimed to help teachers see the power of outdoor […]

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The American Woods

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
December 21, 2018

The American Woods

American Woods

The American Woods This online resource showcases pages from Romeyn Beck Hough’s unique fourteen volume work The American Woods, a collection of more than 1000 paper-thin wood samples representing more than 350 varieties of North American tree. Between 1888 and 1913, Hough published a total of thirteen volumes of the work, but died in 1923 […]

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Stewarding an Extraordinary Landscape and Living Collection

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
December 5, 2018

Stewarding an Extraordinary Landscape and Living Collection

Horticulture-Dig-Deeper

The Living Collections of the Arnold Arboretum represent an unparalleled resource for appreciating and understanding our natural world. Our Collections Campaign is a 10-year initiative to expand and enhance the collections as global change poses serious threats to biodiversity. Beyond annual expeditions to collect and preserve germplasm for study and conservation, staff have also focused […]

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Notes from the field: The return to Japan

by Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections, and Steve Schneider, Manager of Operations
September 20, 2018

Notes from the field: The return to Japan

The leaves and friable soil slipped beneath us as we climbed—hand over hand—up the slope, careful not to send more boulders ricocheting down the hillside. Luckily, our team was spread out in a near horizontal line, all wearing safety helmets in case more wayward rocks came tumbling down (they did). The bullseye above us was […]

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A kaleidoscope of fruits at the Arnold Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
September 16, 2018

A kaleidoscope of fruits at the Arnold Arboretum

Broussonetia papyrifera

Late afternoons in September, with shadows blanketing the landscape and sun flecks dancing on individual trees and shrubs, are heaven. This is the perfect time to see the nearly limitless variety of colors, shapes, textures, and sizes of fruits at the Arnold Arboretum, without the distraction of fall colors. The fruits stand out against the […]

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Liriodendron tulipifera, Arnold Arboretum, 1989

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
June 11, 2018

Liriodendron tulipifera, Arnold Arboretum, 1989

Liriodendron tulipifera, Arnold Arboretum, 1989

Tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera, Arnold Arboretum, 1989 Photograph by István Racz and Zsolt Debreczy (n.d.), Hungary Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States December 13, 1989 István Racz and Zsolt Debreczy are world-renowned denrologists with a long and storied association with Arnold Arboretum. They are authors of Conifers around the world : conifers of the […]

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Arnold Arboretum Announces 2017 Fellowships and Awards Recipients

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 31, 2017

Arnold Arboretum Announces 2017 Fellowships and Awards Recipients

Each year, the Arnold Arboretum selects a number of exciting independent research projects to support through its diverse array of endowed fellowship and award funds. The 2017 Fellows and Awardees are students, post-doctoral researchers, and biological and horticultural science professionals whose studies will utilize Arboretum plants, records, herbaria, library collections, or expertise.

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A Thirst for Knowledge

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 25, 2017

A Thirst for Knowledge

Summer 2016 represented another record-breaking year for global temperatures, and the Northeast experienced one of the most severe droughts in memory. We know that the ability of plants to store water in their tissues can serve as a buffer against drought and its detrimental effects, yet how they do so is not well understood. As […]

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Adaptation and Innovation in Plant Health Care

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
October 14, 2016

Adaptation and Innovation in Plant Health Care

Goats at the Arnold Arboretum

The horticultural team at the Arnold Arboretum is constantly thinking about better ways to improve plant health and maintain the landscape. From the old-fashioned use of cover crops [pdf] to improve soil health, a pilot program to control invasive vegetation with goats, and collaboration with the University of Massachusetts to promote biological control of winter […]

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by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
August 21, 2016