Design course opens students’ eyes to ‘plant blindness’

by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist
February 20, 2019

February Family Hike: Over and Under the Snow

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
February 19, 2019

Precocious flowering and vascular function

by Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
February 11, 2019

Precocious flowering and vascular function

Jessica Savage

As a Putnam Fellow, Jessica Savage focused on how the vascular system influences the timing of flowering in trees. Published in American Journal of Botany, her research shows that trees that flower before they leaf out invest more resources for flower development the previous year rather than in the spring before the vascular system is fully functional. Abstract»

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Learning About Conifers

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
February 8, 2019

Learning About Conifers

Teachers examine conifers outdoors

The brutal cold brought on by the polar vortex lingered long enough to make it almost impossible to enjoy the Conifer Collection up close on Saturday, Feb 2. Instead, teachers attending the monthly Arboretum for Educators to learn about conifer adaptations spent time indoors with collected plant material. The program began with a general introduction […]

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Experimental design recommendations

by Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
February 1, 2019

Winning design selected for 2019 Lilac Sunday

by Kate Stonefoot, Manager of Visitor Engagement
January 31, 2019

Winning design selected for 2019 Lilac Sunday

2019 Lilac Sunday Winner

The Arboretum is pleased to announce that Sara Castellucci of Roslindale, MA, is the 2019 Lilac Sunday logo winner! Sara’s design will be featured on Lilac Sunday T-shirts, signage, and promotional materials, and becomes a part of the Arboretum’s annual celebration and rich history. Competition was stiff. The quantity of submissions was impressive and the […]

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EVERGREEN! Braving the cold

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
January 28, 2019

EVERGREEN! Braving the cold

Conifer Collection

January 20 was the day of our first winter storm, turning every surface to ice, closing our Visitor Center, and forcing the cancellation of that afternoon’s scheduled Family Hike. Sunday, January 27 looked auspicious for a rescheduled hike focused on evergreens, at least that is until clouds and wind picked up. However, one family braved the conditions […]

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New and emerging pests at the Arnold Arboretum

by Jared Rubinstein, Living Collections Fellow
January 23, 2019

New and emerging pests at the Arnold Arboretum

Spotted lanternfly Lawrence Barringer Penn. Dept. of Ag.

Dutch elm disease. Emerald ash borer. Hemlock woolly adelgid. These invasive pests and diseases still strike terror in some of our hearts and unfortunately, the exotic pest nightmare is far from over! Each year, according to a 2016 study, 57 exotic forest pests are imported into the Commonwealth. While each of those 57 pests won’t […]

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Michael Dosmann to be awarded Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration for 2019

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
January 21, 2019

Michael Dosmann to be awarded Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration for 2019

Michael Dosmann and a coppiced Acer griseum growing on steep slopes in Chongqing. Photograph by Tony Aiello. Copyright © 2015, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved.

Dr. Michael S. Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, has been named the 2019 recipient of the David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration. In an announcement from its headquarters in Hawai‘i, the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) recognized Dosmann for his outstanding contributions to botanical exploration and horticulture. […]

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Full moon, clear sky, trees, ice, lunar eclipse

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
January 21, 2019

Full moon, clear sky, trees, ice, lunar eclipse

Lunar eclipse

Full moon, clear sky, trees, ice, lunar eclipse. A magnificent recipe! Yesterday, after an erratic mixture of snow, sleet, and rain, temperatures plummeted here in New England, leaving each and every tree ensheathed in a thick coat of ice. The full moon, followed by a total lunar eclipse set the stage in the woods behind […]

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