An expedition at the Arboretum

by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist
June 30, 2020

A very old pair of highbush blueberries

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
June 30, 2020

A very old pair of highbush blueberries

Flowers of highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)

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 […]

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Black Lives Matter

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
June 16, 2020

A living treasure in Boston

by Nell Porter Brown for the Harvard Gazette
June 14, 2020

Remembering Richard Weaver

by Lisa Pearson, Head of Library and Archives
June 11, 2020

Cycling improvements at the Arboretum

by Brendan Keegan, Gardener
June 9, 2020

Black-capped chickadees, from egg to airborne

by Brendan Keegan, Gardener
June 8, 2020

Black-capped chickadees, from egg to airborne

Nestlings at two weeks plus

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 […]

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Preparing for a drier future

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
June 1, 2020

Preparing for a drier future

Jed and Emma install automated system in the Explorers Garden

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, […]

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Sharing our collections through Google Arts and Culture

by Lisa Pearson, Head of Library and Archives
June 1, 2020

Sharing our collections through Google Arts and Culture

Growing a Museum Specimen on Google Arts and Culture

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. […]

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Diana Oh’s CLAIRVOYANCE: Tree Planting Installation at the Arboretum

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
May 27, 2020