The American Woods

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
December 21, 2018

The American Woods

American Woods

The American Woods This online resource showcases pages from Romeyn Beck Hough’s unique fourteen volume work The American Woods, a collection of more than 1000 paper-thin wood samples representing more than 350 varieties of North American tree. Between 1888 and 1913, Hough published a total of thirteen volumes of the work, but died in 1923 […]

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Chickadees call back the sun

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
December 19, 2018

Samaras in the sun

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
December 10, 2018

Samaras in the sun

Acer samaras

This past week has been an unbroken streak of sunshine and intense blue skies in Boston, with crisp cold temperatures—perfect for extended walks in the Arnold Arboretum. As I wandered in the Maple Collection, one tree took my breath away, an Amur maple, Acer tataricum ssp. ginnala (701-63*E), whose translucent membranous winged fruits (samaras) collectively […]

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Cultivating a wider role for female scientists

by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist
November 28, 2018

E. H. Wilson’s search for Davidia involucrata

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
November 27, 2018

E. H. Wilson’s search for Davidia involucrata

Dove tree

Each year, the Explorer’s Garden is a riot of white when the Davidia involucrata, or dove trees, are in bloom. Before his employment at the Arboretum, a young Englishman named Ernest Henry Wilson was hired in 1899 by the Veitch Nursery firm to collect plants in China. In particular he was tasked with bringing back […]

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A conversation with our plant explorers

by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist
November 26, 2018

A conversation with our plant explorers

Tiffany preparing a herbarium voucher of Carya texana

Plant collecting is part of the foundational history for the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Founded in 1872 by Charles Sprague Sargent in collaboration with landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted, expeditions around the world have resulted in a woody plant living collection containing more than 16,000 holdings. The Arboretum’s inventory includes representation from the Far […]

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The nature of sounds

by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist
November 15, 2018

Nothing gold can stay

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
November 10, 2018

Plant Exploration, Then and Now

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
November 1, 2018

Plant Exploration, Then and Now

Plant Exploration, Then and Now   November 9, 2018–March 12, 2019 Hunnewell Building Visitor Center With this exhibition, we celebrate yesterday’s pioneering work by Sargent, Wilson, and many others for the defining role they played in making the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University among the most consequential collections of temperate plants on Earth. For me, […]

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Engineering fog collectors

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
October 30, 2018

Engineering fog collectors

Family Drop in tent

Engineers solve problems. This past Sunday, during the final Fog x Kids Family Drop in event called Engineering Fog, children ages 8 and older put on their engineer hats to tackle a real-life problem: the limited access to clean drinking water experienced by many people on Earth, especially those living in desert and semi-arid areas, […]

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