Arboretum Values: Collect, Share, Study, Steward

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
December 12, 2016

Arboretum Values: Collect, Share, Study, Steward

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As all of you who graciously read my Posts know, I truly love the Arnold Arboretum. It is a deeply important part of my life. That said, we are living in unsettling times, and I have been thinking hard about the interrelated questions, “what does the Arnold Arboretum stand for, and what does it mean to the […]

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Harvard reaches landmark greenhouse gas reduction goal

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
December 9, 2016

Boston educators examine tree architecture

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
December 5, 2016

Boston educators examine tree architecture

Teachers sketch trees

“Now is the best season for arborists. Leaves and flowers? That’s just a distraction!” So began Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture, as he addressed about a dozen Boston area teachers during this month’s Arboretum for Educators event, Tree Study part 1: Examining Tree Architecture. Armed with a sketch book and pencil, participants visited select trees […]

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Gleditsia in the Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
December 5, 2016

Gleditsia in the Arboretum

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The Arnold Arboretum has two wonderful clusters of honey locust trees (genus Gleditsia); one on the west flank of Peters Hill, and the other appropriately embedded in the legume (pea family) collection next to Rehder Pond. Now is a great time to literally see the (pea pod-like) fruits of these trees’ labors, hanging (or on the […]

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Introducing young teachers to the outdoor classroom

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
November 22, 2016

Introducing young teachers to the outdoor classroom

Students explore North Woods

Each spring and fall, the Field Study Experiences utilizes the Arnold Arboretum’s North Woods as the ideal classroom for kids to experience the natural world. With volunteer guides, students venture into a small forest, overturn rotting logs, and observe soil-dwelling organisms with bug boxes and probes. The North Woods functions as an equally effective classroom […]

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Shadows and highlights in the Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
November 19, 2016

Shadows and highlights in the Arboretum

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This week has offered spectacular blue skies to witness fall colors interacting with the low angle of the sun in the mornings and late afternoons. The near mythical golds of the hickories (bottom right; Carya glabra, the pignut hickory; 23166*A), larches (bottom left; Larix decidua var. polonica, the Polish larch, a red-listed taxon native only to […]

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Free things to do in Boston: The Arnold Arboretum

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
November 16, 2016

Boston educators go birding!

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
November 7, 2016

Boston educators go birding!

Mockingbird by Robert Mayer

Boston Educators Go Birding This past Saturday, November 5th, several Boston area teachers joined long time volunteer Bob Mayer for an introductory bird walk and talk along Meadow Road. This event, the second in a year-long series of Arboretum for Educators, aimed to give teachers many ideas and resources for an in depth bird unit […]

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Marginalia

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
November 6, 2016

Marginalia

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The Arnold Arboretum is nothing short of spectacular this week, with whole hillsides ablaze and astonishing landscape scale views everywhere. But, my mind kept focusing on the minute; the individual leaves and extraordinary beauty of their edges. Perhaps it is the brilliance of autumnal colors that brings leaf shape into such vivid display. Sugar maple […]

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Stump speech

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
October 31, 2016

Stump speech

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The time seems right for just such a speech! Often overlooked, the remnants of Arnold Arboretum accessions can be found throughout the landscape – you just need to look down. A lightning strike killed the statuesque dawn redwood (Metaseqouia glyptostroboides, 740-62*E) at the beginning of Willow Path across from the Hunnewell Building. Left behind are […]

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