A new app called Expeditions offers visitors with a mobile device a broader experience with notable plants and the history of plant exploration while walking through the Arnold Arboretum. Read more in the Harvard Gazette.
The Explorers Garden is filled with the greatest hits of the Arnold Arboretum and its history of bringing magnificent woody plants from around the northern hemisphere to Boston. Showstoppers abound at every turn: the two oldest Franklin trees (Franklinia alatamaha) on the planet (accessioned in 1905), the large patch of royal azaleas (Rhododendron schlippenbachii, some […]
Until now, I have tried to ensure that my Posts from the Collections focus solely on the extraordinary beauty of plants that can, in every season, lift our souls. But, for all of the magnificence to be found in the natural world and at the Arnold Arboretum, this season demands that we focus intensely on […]
Dick’s work in the 70s to revitalize the collections went a long way in helping the Arboretum ‘learn’ about itself, articulate its mission, and I would say, help make the institution whole again by bringing relevance to the living collections. Among so many others, the 1977 Weaver and Spongberg trip to Korea and Japan stands […]
Visitors this summer will notice a few improvements to bicycle infrastructure in our landscape. Although these changes have been in the works for months, improving accessibility for cyclists could not have come at a better time due to a pandemic-associated increase of bike purchases and riders citywide. As more and more people rely on bikes […]
Black-capped chickadees are a beloved fixture at the Arboretum, one of our common year-round residents and the state bird of Massachusetts. Visitors can easily observe them flitting through the branches, often in small groups during fall and winter and in pairs during spring and summer. In Boston, black-capped chickadees begin searching for nest cavities around […]
Major donor-funded initiative to safeguard collections from prolonged drought by Jon Hetman, Associate Director of External Relations and Communications What does it take to grow and sustain Harvard’s tree museum for research, horticulture, and education in the twenty-first century? Since becoming director in 2011, William (Ned) Friedman has become increasingly concerned with this question, […]
The stories of our plants have a new and expansive conduit for transmission around the globe. The Arnold Arboretum has partnered with Google Arts and Culture (GA&C), an immersive online learning platform that highlights over 2000 museum collections worldwide and offers access to more than 100,000 museum objects and views of eminent locations across Earth. […]