Plant Exploration, Then and Now

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
November 1, 2018

Plant Exploration, Then and Now

Plant Exploration, Then and Now   November 9, 2018–March 12, 2019 Hunnewell Building Visitor Center With this exhibition, we celebrate yesterday’s pioneering work by Sargent, Wilson, and many others for the defining role they played in making the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University among the most consequential collections of temperate plants on Earth. For me, […]

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Engineering fog collectors

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
October 30, 2018

Engineering fog collectors

Family Drop in tent

Engineers solve problems. This past Sunday, during the final Fog x Kids Family Drop in event called Engineering Fog, children ages 8 and older put on their engineer hats to tackle a real-life problem: the limited access to clean drinking water experienced by many people on Earth, especially those living in desert and semi-arid areas, […]

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All the Arboretum’s a Stage for Macbeth

by Sheryl White, Coordinator of Visitor Engagement
October 23, 2018

All the Arboretum’s a Stage for Macbeth

Fog x Macbeth

“Fair is foul and foul is fair Hover through the fog and filthy air.” —Witches, Macbeth   On the evening of Sunday, October 21, Boston experienced something unique and exhilarating at the Arnold Arboretum: a performance of Macbeth—Fog x Macbeth—presented by Actors’ Shakespeare Project (ASP). More than a thousand gathered on blankets, in beach chairs, […]

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Glowing brilliant red Chinese endemic shrubs at the Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
October 22, 2018

Glowing brilliant red Chinese endemic shrubs at the Arboretum

Heptacodium miconioides

Seventy-three years is a long wait. That’s what it took between the Arnold Arboretum’s Ernest Henry Wilson (the great explorer of Asian plant biodiversity in the early twentieth century) first observing seven son flower (Heptacodium miconioides) in Hubei in 1907 and its arrival in the living collections here in Boston. Only in 1980, with the […]

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Arboretum recognized for nationally accredited collections

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
October 19, 2018

Building an Artist-in-Residence program at the Arboretum

by Sheryl White, Coordinator of Visitor Engagement
October 18, 2018

Building an Artist-in-Residence program at the Arboretum

Tree of Knowledge mural

This past week-end, I traveled to Philadelphia to participate in the Alliance of Artists Communities 2018 Emerging Program Institute. My attendance was due to a rather persistent dream that the Arnold Arboretum will establish an Artist-in Residence Program. The seed is there in a fund initiated four years ago with generous donations of turned wood […]

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Return to the Ozarks

by Tiffany Enzenbacher, Manager of Plant Production, and Kea Woodruff, Plant Growth Facilities Manager
October 15, 2018

Return to the Ozarks

Kea harvesting water hickory nuts

We have just returned from the field, having completed the final 2018 expedition for the Campaign for the Living Collections. With still over a dozen taxa native to the western South on the Campaign target list, we followed in the footsteps of the 2017 Arkansas-Missouri Expedition (with Arboretum participants Robert Dowell, former Living Collections Fellow, […]

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Arboretum recognized for two new nationally accredited collections

by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist
October 12, 2018

Arboretum recognized for two new nationally accredited collections

Forsythia x intermedia 'Karl Sax' 253-2005-B Michael Dosmann

Ginkgo and Forsythia holdings acknowledged for research and conservation value by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist The Plant Collections Network (PCN) of the American Public Gardens Association recently bestowed national accreditation status to two genera in the Arnold Arboretum’s collections: Forsythia and Ginkgo. Along with six previously recognized genera—Acer (maple), Carya (hickory), Fagus (beech), […]

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Fog × Macbeth brings Shakespeare to the Arboretum

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
October 11, 2018

Teaching and learning in the field

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
October 9, 2018

Teaching and learning in the field

DBH tape

field·work /’fēldwərk/, noun 1. practical work conducted by a researcher in the natural environment, rather than in a laboratory or office.   Twenty-two elementary, middle and high school teachers were engaged in exactly that this past August, during the Arnold Arboretum’s annual Summer Institute. With “Investigating Ecosystems Through Fieldwork” as its theme, the Institute brought […]

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