Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930)
Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
April 2, 1927
Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) was the furthest traveled of all the Arnold Arboretum’s plant explorers and collectors of the early twentieth century. It is not an overstatement to credit Wilson with bringing Eastern Asian botany, history, and culture to widespread interest in western society, nor to exaggerate the introduction of thousands of Asian plant species to western gardens.
In addition to the many thousands of plant, cultural, and landscape images he brought back from Asia, Wilson was also a prolific photographer of the Arnold Arboretum grounds and indeed the entire New England landscape. Our Visual Archives include historical landscape images of The Arnold Arboretum, in addition to Ernest Henry Wilson’s New England Trees.
Additionally, Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture at Arnold Arboretum, offers a rich history of witch-hazel cultivars in Arnoldia: “Hamamelidaceae, Exploring the Witch-hazels of the Arnold Arboretum,” Part One and Part Two.
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