Chris Howkins, Heathlands, and the Natural History of Britain
British ethnobotanist Chris Howkins shares his rich knowledge of plants, and their impact on the development of civilization in the British Isles.
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, he embarked on a year-long trip to Eastern Asia in 1905. Jack became the first staff member after Sargent to visit Asia.
The Japanese Umbrella Pine (Sciandopitys verticillata) is our Tree of the Month for February 2018.
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