The Arnold Arboretum Collector’s Tool Kit: A new resource for expedition collectors

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
December 19, 2017

The Arnold Arboretum Collector’s Tool Kit: A new resource for expedition collectors

Expedition toolkit_pages

As The Campaign for the Living Collections sources new, rare, and endangered plant material for the Arnold Arboretum Living Collections, it also generates new knowledge and best practices for conducting expeditions. To document this information and share it with the botanical garden community, the Arboretum has created a Expedition Tool Kit [pdf] which will serve […]

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Brookline students showcase botanical illustrations at the Arnold Arboretum

by Kate Stonefoot, Manager of Visitor Engagement
December 18, 2017

Brookline students showcase botanical illustrations at the Arnold Arboretum

Brookline High Student - Sketching

Drawing for Understanding in Field Science is an innovative course for high school students that combines natural science and visual art. Developed at Brookline High School with a grant from The 21st Century Fund, the course helps students study and understand the natural world through observational drawing. The students’ botanical illustration projects are currently on […]

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Meet a Scientist: Jonathan Mahoney

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
December 16, 2017

Meet a Scientist: Jonathan Mahoney

Jonathan Mahoney Deland Award

Jonathan Mahoney is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Arnold Arboretum and a recipient of the Deland Award for Student Research. Learn more about his work breeding the next generation of antioxidant-rich fruits in this interview for ARBlog.   What are you studying at the Arnold Arboretum? I’m studying applied plant breeding of Aronia (chokeberry), whose fruits are […]

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Reproductive development in pawpaw

by Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
December 15, 2017

Reproductive development in pawpaw

Juan Losada
While the pawpaw, (Asimina triloba) is one of few native North American fruit trees, not much is known about its flower and fruit development. Juan Losada (Arboretum Fellow), Iñaki Hormaza and Jorge Lora (Jewett Prize Recipient) examined its development in American Journal of Botany. Complementing this work, the genome of Asimina triloba, 12708*A, is being sequenced with support from an Arboretum Sequencing Award. abstract»

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Life in the trees

by Brendan Keegan, Landscape Crew Gardener
December 12, 2017

Life in the trees

eastern screech-owl

The Arboretum’s celebrity eastern screech-owl has returned to her winter roost in Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust) Accession #23173-C for a fifth consecutive season. For those who spot her sunbathing on a late winter’s morning (like Arboretum Docent and birder Bob Mayer, whose photographs accompany this post), her face is the picture of contentment. And with such […]

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Tall trees and sugar transport

by Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
December 8, 2017

Teachers search for tree bark

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
December 5, 2017

Teachers search for tree bark

Teacher examines paperbark maple

On Saturday, December 2, a group of Boston area teachers searched for trees whose bark resembled string cheese, camo pants, saggy socks, or peeling paint! They found seven son flower (Heptacodium miconioides 1549-80*B), Japanese stewartia (Stewartia pseudocamellia 8-43*A), purple European beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Atropunicea‘ 452-51*A), and paperbark maple (Acer griseum 279-62*A), among many other examples of trees with […]

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Director William (Ned) Friedman elected to the Linnean Society

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
December 4, 2017

Director William (Ned) Friedman elected to the Linnean Society

William (Ned) Friedman

William (Ned) Friedman, Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (Harvard University), and Director and Faculty Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum, has been elected a Foreign Member of the Linnean Society of London (FMLS)—one of only fifty scholars in the world to be distinguished with the honor. The Linnean Society of London serves science as […]

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Mountain chestnut oaks outsmart squirrels!

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
December 2, 2017

Mountain chestnut oaks outsmart squirrels!

DirectorsBlog_mountain oaks

Two weeks ago, I wondered why the acorns of mountain chestnut oak (Quercus montana), like most other species in the white oak section of the genus, germinate soon after hitting the ground in the fall. This week, I excavated a seedling, and as you can see, the root system is already well developed, although the […]

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Science IRL visits the Arnold Arboretum

by Science IRL
November 29, 2017