Fagus sylvatica Sieboldii Japan[Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Tree trunks and vegetation with a man in western dress
Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949, American, Canadian)
Lake Chuzenji, Tochigi, Japan
August 13, 1905
In April 1886, John George Jack visited the director of the Arboretum, Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927) at his Brookline, Massachusetts estate, Holm Lea. Promised only manual labor at small compensation, he began working at the Arnold Arboretum, but within a short time his botanical knowledge became apparent, earning Sargent’s confidence and an increase in his pay to a dollar a day.
Jack continued his education at Harvard and became Assistant Professor of Dendrology at the Arnold Arboretum. Already experienced in plant exploration when he embarked on a year-long trip to the Far East in 1905, Jack became the first staff member after Sargent to visit Asia.
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