A celebration of spring, Lilac Sunday arrives May 13

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
April 20, 2018

A celebration of spring, Lilac Sunday arrives May 13

2018 winning design by Julie Pritchard

Lilac Sunday celebrates 110 years in Boston with events from 10am–3pm Pack a picnic…it’s Lilac Sunday! For 110 years, families have made the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University a premier destination to welcome the arrival of the flowering season in Boston. The annual observance of Lilac Sunday—this year celebrated on Sunday, May 13—centers on the […]

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Spring into Science! Join the 2018 Boston Area City Nature Challenge

by Danny Schissler, Research and Projects Coordinator, Friedman Lab
April 19, 2018

Spring into Science! Join the 2018 Boston Area City Nature Challenge

Join the 2018 Boston Area City Nature Challenge Become a citizen scientist with just a few taps on your phone! Join us April 27–30 for the 2018 City Nature Challenge, in which over 65 cities around the world compete to see which one can document the most species—plants, animals, fungi, even microbes. All species count […]

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TreeVersity update: we’re halfway there!

by Danny Schissler, Research and Projects Coordinator, Friedman Lab
April 18, 2018

TreeVersity update: we’re halfway there!

Treeversity Grid

Great news! Warm weather and sun are in the forecast, and after a long and dreary winter here in Boston, we’re finally seeing hints of green in the landscape. For researches at the Arnold Arboretum, this means fieldwork! As buds swell, cones open, and flowers bloom, a flurry of biological activity returns to the grounds–and […]

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Spring larch pilgrimage

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
April 17, 2018

Two wheelbarrows

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
April 8, 2018

Seeing the forest through the trees

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
April 3, 2018

Arnold Arboretum researchers identify new hemlock species

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 26, 2018

Nor’easters exact toll on Arboretum trees

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 15, 2018

Nor’easters exact toll on Arboretum trees

Picea x notha 13406-A

Three consecutive nor’easters in March left their mark on the renowned tree collections at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, with some 30 Arboretum accessions lost or slated for removal due to major damage. The most devastating of the three storms at the Arboretum was the first, Winter Storm Riley, which slammed Boston and much […]

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In plant tug-of-war, mom wins

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 15, 2018

Spring marches on, despite snow

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
March 14, 2018

Spring marches on, despite snow

spring under snow

Boston educators entered the landscape this past Saturday (March 10) searching for signs of spring, and boy, were there many! Among chirping birds, the red-winged blackbird made an appearance, as did a few woodpeckers. Pairs of red-breasted robins hunted for nesting materials while evading a juvenile red-tailed hawk overhead. Teachers were fascinated by the large, […]

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