Join Steve Schneider, the Director of Operations and Public Programs at the Arnold Arboretum and curator of the Bonsai & Penjing Collection, for the first installment in a series of behind-the-scenes videos focused on the Arnold Arboretum’s Bonsai & Penjing Collection. In this video, learn about the cold storage facilities, where the dwarfed plants spend […]
May 18 is celebrated around the world as Plant Conservation Day. Because botanists estimate that one in five plants are threatened with extinction globally, botanical gardens and arboreta play a critical role in preserving and sharing the germplasm of plants collected in the wild. Plant conservation is important at the Arboretum, where we collect, cultivate, […]
Over the years, I have come to view “spring coning” of conifers as having all of the same wonderful and ephemeral aspects of spring flowering (of flowering plants). There is temporal order among genera (larches first, pines last) and within genera (Siberian larch first); there is wonderful variety among taxa in size, shape, and color; […]
How many individuals of a threatened species would a garden or arboretum need to grow to capture the same diversity in nature? Michael Dosmann and colleagues from a consortium of gardens address this and other questions in a paper just published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Abstract»
Peter Del Tredici is a world expert on ginkgo, but what interests him most these days are weeds, or what he calls “spontaneous urban vegetation.” Learn more about his work in this field, including thoughts about his book on the topic Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast, in a segment on WBUR’s Earthwhile with Barbara Moran.
by Jake J. Grossman, Arboretum Putnam Fellow In the spring of 2020, when cities like Boston have ground to a halt due to the novel coronavirus, T. S. Eliot’s nomination of April as the “cruellest month, breeding / Lilacs out of the dead land” certainly feels apt. The arrival of flowers seems incongruous amidst […]
Starting Fall semester, Jake Grossman, Arnold Arboretum Putnam Fellow, will be a Visiting Assistant Professor of Ecology at Swarthmore College. He will teach a general ecology course, team-teach introductory biology, and mentor student researchers. Swarthmore is home to the Scott Arboretum, which has over 3,200 accessioned trees and shrubs. Congratulations Jake!