"Did the people remember Dr. [Augustine] Henry? Did they know the K'ung-tung (local name of Davidia)? To these and similar questions they pleasantly answered in the affirmative. Would someone guide me to the tree? Certainly!" Recalling E. H. Wilson's search for the dove tree in China in 1899.
Jack Alexander, Bob Cook, Edith ‘Nod’ Meyer at Volunteers Luncheon, 2005
Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
Volunteers and docents have been a vital part of the Arnold Arboretum since the official implementation of our Volunteer Program in 1972, our centennial year. Benefits of these opportunities–open to everyone–include library borrowing privileges, visitor engagement, leading tours of the landscape, participation in our citizen science Tree Spotters program, and so much more as our public programming and educational initiatives continue to engage students and visitors. Recruitment is ongoing, so please consider joining the Arboretum as a volunteer.
John ‘Jack’ Alexander was plant propagator at Arnold Arboretum from 1976 until his retirement in 2016. He is also well-known as a member of International Lilac Society and for his work on the board of the Arnold Arboretum Living Collections Committee. In addition to his contributions to our journal Arnoldia, Jack’s books include Lilacs : Plants of History, Plants for Tomorrow.
Robert ‘Bob’ Cook was Director of Arnold Arboretum from 1989 to 2009. During that time, Bob dedicated his work to increased engagement with the local community, ongoing plant exploration in Eastern Asia through The North American China Plant Exploration Consortium (NACPEC), increasing the Arboretum’s online presence through website development and digital preservation, and construction of our Weld Hill Research Building. Bob is now an Associate of the Arnold Arboretum.
Edith ‘Nod’ Meyer (1943-2013) was a dedicated Arnold Arboretum volunteer since the 1970s, serving on the Visiting Committee and the Arboretum Associates, and with husband Henry H. Meyer (1921-1917) endowing nature education programming at the Arboretum for Boston Public Schools. Nod’s family made a generous donation of her book collection to our Horticultural Library in 2014.
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