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First day of winter – time for a walk in the Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
December 23, 2019

First day of winter – time for a walk in the Arboretum

On this official first day of winter, I wish all of you the best for the season and hope you will include time on the grounds of the world’s most magnificent garden of trees, the Arnold Arboretum!

Pictured are just a few of the perfectly ordinary reminders of the extraordinary beauty of nature: the single seeded fruit of a swamp locust (Gleditsia aquatica, 201-93*B, right), the surprisingly green dormant bud of a sweet gum probably recycling respired CO2 (Liquidambar styraciflua, 135-38*B, upper left), and magnificent clouds of red fruits from a linden viburnum (Viburnum dilatatum, 1804-77*A).
first day of winter 2019
If you need more evidence that winter is the perfect time to visit with trees, head to this Flickr page to see more pictures from my last month of ambling on the grounds of the Arnold Arboretum—including an update on our wonderful prickly pear cactuses.

One thought on “First day of winter – time for a walk in the Arboretum

  1. This reminds us of the special wonders of winter – and the importance of stopping to look – even on a cold day. And we don’t always have far to go. It can be in the home garden, or the local park, and were I not bit far for a quick jaunt to Boston, the very special Arnold Arboretum. Perhaps this is the winter for me to spend some time learning more about how to identify woody plants in the winter… the Flickr link added so much. Thank you.

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