Roads, spring, Meadow Road, 1964
Alternate Title: Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) and a Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum var.) beside Meadow Road
Photograph by Alfred James Fordham (1911-, American)
Meadow Road, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
Dogwood (Cornus ssp.) is The Arnold Arboretum Tree of the Month for April, 2016.
The word dogwood comes from dagwood, from the use of the slender stems of very hard wood for making ‘dags’ (daggers, skewers). During colonial times, the wood of the flowering dogwood was also highly prized for making loom shuttles, arrows, tool handles, and other small items that required a very hard and strong wood.
Alfred Fordham came to the Arnold Arboretum as a student trainee in 1929. He stayed until his retirement in 1977, rising to the position of chief propagator. Known unofficially as “The Propagator’s Propagator,” Fordham became internationally recognized. This collection reflects his contribution to horticulture and botany as a plant propagator, lecturer, teacher, and author of more than 50 published papers. The Archive of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the Alfred J. Fordham (1911-2000) papers, 1943-2000.
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