2019
Hemlock Hill, summer, puddingstone outcrops, 1927

Hemlock Hill, summer, puddingstone outcrops, 1927

June 21, 2019

Hemlock Hill is located at the southeast end of the Arnold Arboretum, between Bussey and Peters Hills and closest to the South Street Gate. Over its history, it has been impacted by human, insect, and environmental events.


Paths, summer, Willow Path, 1979

Paths, summer, Willow Path, 1979

June 13, 2019

Extending from the Arborway Gate to the Forest Hills Gate parallel to the Arborway, Willow Path is one of the most popular trails for visitors at The Arnold Arboretum.


Roads, spring, Hemlock Hill Road, 1940

Roads, spring, Hemlock Hill Road, 1940

June 7, 2019

Arboretum Director Ned Friedman wrote about the curious ways that mountain laurels disperse pollen to bees.


Roads, spring, Meadow Road, 1900

Roads, spring, Meadow Road, 1900

May 31, 2019

Alfred Rehder first came to the Arboretum in 1898 while on assignment for Moller’s Deutsche Gartner-Zeitungand where he held the position of associate editor. Intending only to stay in America for half a year, he was persuaded to join the Arboretum’s staff and he remained at the Arboretum until, and beyond, his retirement in 1940.


Bussey Brook, spring, women, 1975

Bussey Brook, spring, women, 1975

May 21, 2019

The 24 acres that make up Bussey Brook Meadow–a 24-acre parcel of the Arnold Arboretum located between the Forest Hills MBTA Station and the Arboretum’s South Street Gate–are preserved with minimal human interference as a site for research into the complex interactions that characterize urban environments.


Jack Alexander, Bob Cook, Nod Meyer 2005

Jack Alexander, Bob Cook, Edith ‘Nod’ Meyer at Volunteers Luncheon, 2005

May 16, 2019

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.


lilacs 1989

Syringa vulgaris ‘Krasavitza Mosky’ Arnold Arboretum, 1989

May 7, 2019

As we prepare to celebrate Lilac Sunday, we are happy to feature classic and contemporary images of our Lilac Collection in full spring splendor.


Charles Sprague Sargent

Portrait of Charles Sprague Sargent, J. E. Purdy & Co.

May 1, 2019

Charles Sprague Sargent and the Arnold Arboretum by S. B. Sutton is the definitive biography of a pioneering figure in horticulture, plant exploration, and natural history.


Metasequoia spring 2019

Metasequoia glyptostroboides across from The Meadow, 2019

April 25, 2019

Metasequoia glyptostroboides, popularly known in the west as the “dawn redwood” had been believed to have become extinct millions of years ago but that was found not to be the case.


Spicebush Lindera benzoin, Arnold Arboretum, 1989

April 18, 2019

István Racz and Zsolt Debreczy are world-renowned denrologists with a long and storied association with Arnold Arboretum. They are authors of Conifers around the world : conifers of the temperate zones and adjacent regions, and have photographed the Living Collections of the Arnold Arboretum extensively.


Castanopsis taiwaniana Formosa, 1918

Castanopsis taiwaniana Formosa (Taiwan), 1918

April 11, 2019

This photograph was among hundreds taken by Ernest Wilson during his Sixth Expedition to the Far East (1917-1919), which included Japan, Korea, Manchuria, Formosa (Taiwan), and Islands in the Japanese Sea.


Roads, fall, Bussey Hill Road, 1928

Roads, fall, Bussey Hill Road, 1928

April 8, 2019

For several years in the 1920s and 1930s, Herbert Gleason was the official photographer for the Arnold Arboretum; several dozen of his glass slides, some of them hand-colored, remain in the Arboretum’s Visual Archives.


Castanea mollissima China 1913

Castanea mollissima, China 1913

March 28, 2019

In 1913, Frank Meyer reported a number of chestnut trees in China showed evidence of infection, but had mostly resisted chestnut blight.


Hydrangea at Basong Hu

Hydrangea at Basong Hu, China, 2000

March 28, 2019

Susan Kelley helped develop and manage the Arnold Arboretum’s digital mapping system as an associate curator. In 2000, she became the first non-Asian woman to participate in an extensive botanical field expedition in Tibet.


tree trunk

Diospyros sinensis Naudin China, 1915

March 14, 2019

Meyer took approximately 1,500 photographs while collecting plants for the United States Agricultural Department and the Arnold Arboretum between 1905 and 1918. He also collected seeds of trees and shrubs of ornamental value and was responsible for the introduction of more than 2,000 species and varieties of a wide range of economic plants.


Crabapple Sunday

Visitors, Crabapple Sunday, 1936

March 13, 2019

Back in 1936, visitors would often take the Boston Elevated via Forest Hills Station to see the Arboretum's Crabapple Trees.


Horticultural Interns, Summer 1993

Horticultural Interns, Summer 1993

February 28, 2019

The Hunnewell Internship Program offers paid internships that combine hands-on training alongside professionals in horticulture as well as educational classes.


Hamamelis intermedia

Hamamelis intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’ Arnold Arboretum, 1991

February 19, 2019

István Racz and Zsolt Debreczy are world-renowned denrologists with a long and storied association with Arnold Arboretum.


hickories

Roads, winter, Valley Road, hickories, 1900

February 5, 2019

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.


Hunnewell Building

Hunnewell Building, winter 1970

January 31, 2019

The Hunnewell Building houses our Visitor Center, Lecture Hall, Library and Archives, and Herbarium. It was constructed in 1892 and fully renovated with improved accessibility and structural improvements in 1992.


Ilex verticillata

Ilex verticillata ‘Afterglow’ at Arboretum Main Gate, Winter 2019

January 23, 2019

These winterberry shrubs still thriving just inside the Main Entrance of the grounds, across from the Hunnewell Building.


Hemlock Hill, winter, hemlock trunks, 1902

Hemlock Hill, winter, hemlock trunks, 1902

January 18, 2019

Tsuga canadensisis the main attraction at Hemlock Hill, a prominent feature of our landscape with strong ties to the history of Boston.


Davidia involucrata

Davidia involucrata (dove tree) in the fog, China, 1909

January 3, 2019

Charles Sprague Sargent wrote Ernest Wilson as he prepared for his journey while living in England. Sargent insisted Wilson take on this journey and on all that would follow, a large format Sanderson whole-plate field camera capable of recording both great detail and broad perspectives without distortion. Wilson turned out to be a considerably talented photographer.


2018
Katu women in the street at Mohei, Yunnan, China

Katu women in the street at Mohei, Yunnan, China, 1922

December 12, 2018

Joseph Charles Francis Rock was, among many things, an explorer. He traveled in Asia from 1920 until 1949 collecting plants for various institutions including the Arnold Arboretum.


Citrullus vulgaris China

Citrullus vulgaris China, 1914

November 30, 2018

In 1904, Fairchild hired Meyer to make a collecting trip to China. When Meyer sailed for China in 1905, he began a 13-year odyssey that led to the introduction of more than 2,000 species of plants.


Ilex verticillata 'Afterglow' and Mountain Witch Alder, Arboretum Main Gate, 2018

Ilex verticillata ‘Afterglow’ and Mountain Witch Alder, Arboretum Main Gate, 2018

November 27, 2018

Peter Del Tredici highlights the mountain witch alder for its fall color "that includes all shades of red, orange, and yellow in varying proportions on every leaf, creating an eyecatching 'bonfire' effect."


Horticultural interns 1981

Horticultural Interns, 1981

October 23, 2018

The Arnold Arboretum has employed many interns across multiple departments helping with research, curation, and grounds work. One of the most well-known and longstanding internship opportunities is the Isabella Welles Hunnewell Internship Program.


Toad

Toad outside Hunnewell Building and across from The Meadow, 2017

October 16, 2018

Amphibians are a crucial part of the Arboretum ecosystem. This toad was probably en route to the watery haven at the meadow (along Meadow Road).


Quercus sargentiana Massachusetts, 1925

Quercus sargentiana Massachusetts, 1925

September 24, 2018

During the mid-1920s, Wilson began to photograph what he considered to be noteworthy trees in the Boston area, central Massachusetts, the Mohawk Trail, southern New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode Island. Again making use of his Sanderson camera, he captured nearly one hundred photographs of elms, more than fifty of various oak species, and numerous genera of conifers. These digital images are reproduced from the original glass plate negatives, which though fragile, retain a stunning amount of detail and contrast after nearly a century. Available for the first time, the photographs provide literal snapshots of early 20th century New England landscapes and architecture.


Fields flooded from overnight rains at Daocheng [Rubu], 1998

Fields flooded from overnight rains at Daocheng [Rubu], 1998

September 14, 2018

David Boufford is a Senior Research Scientist at Harvard University Herbaria, a visiting scientist at the Arnold Arboretum, and a specialist on vascular plants of Asia.


Acer triflorum silhouetted, Fujiko Nakaya Fog x FLO installation, Summer 2018

Acer triflorum silhouetted, Fujiko Nakaya “Fog x FLO” installation, Summer 2018

September 5, 2018

As the penultimate link of The Emerald Necklace, Arnold Arboretum's hosting of Fujiko Nakaya's work runs every half hour during hours of operation on the hillside next to the Hunnewell Building.


China - Shantung Lung Tung Mountains

China – Shantung Lung Tung Mountains

August 23, 2018

Frank Meyer’s photographs document his expeditions. His captions reflect his empathy with the subject matter and his enthusiasm about the potential for improvements in economic botany in the West based on his exploration of the East.


Hemlock Hill, summer, ferns, 1923

Hemlock Hill, summer, ferns, 1923

August 16, 2018

Hemlock Hill is located at the southeast end of the Arnold Arboretum, between Bussey and Peters Hills and closest to the South Street Gate.


North Meadow, summer, Goldsmith Brook, 1979

North Meadow, summer, Goldsmith Brook, 1979

August 9, 2018

This is a view of Goldsmith Brook in the North Meadow of Arnold Arboretum, July 1979.


North Meadow, summer, flowers, 1977

North Meadow, summer, flowers, 1977

August 3, 2018

Ana Maria Caballero McGuire will lead a tour through the meadow and north woods for a family hike with journey sticks!


Liriodendron tulipifera outside Hunnewell Building, 2018

Liriodendron tulipifera outside Hunnewell Building, 2018

July 24, 2018

This particular specimen, accessioned in 1981, can be observed right as you enter the grounds at the Main Arboretum Gate.


Smoketree, Germany, Muskau Park, 1901

Smoketree Continus coggygria, Germany, Muskau Park, 1901

July 19, 2018

Alfred Rehder first came to the Arboretum in 1898. Intending only to stay in America for half a year, he was persuaded to join the Arboretum’s staff and he remained at the Arboretum until, and beyond, his retirement in 1940.


Sugar Maple, illustration by Bobbi Angell

Dove tree, copper etching by Bobbi Angell

July 17, 2018

Bobbi Angell, along with watercolor artist Beverly Duncan, is part of this month's exhibit "Impressions of Woody Plants: Disjunction, Two Artists, and the Arnold Arboretum."


Smoketree Brno Czechoslovakia, 1905

Smoketree Continus coggygria, Brno Czechoslovakia, 1905

July 3, 2018

The American smoketree (sometimes known as chittamwood) is arboreal, reaching twenty to thirty-five feet in height.


Bonsai trees outside Weld Hill Building, 2018

Bonsai trees outside Weld Hill Building, 2018

May 31, 2018

Isabel Anderson donated the majority of her late husband’s bonsai collection (30 plants) to the Arnold Arboretum, along with the funds necessary to build a shade house for their display.


Magnolia salicifolia 'Wada's Memory'

Magnolia salicifolia ‘Wada’s Memory’ by Arborway Gate, Spring 2018

May 2, 2018

'Wada's Memory' is in reference to Japanese botanist Koichiro Wada who helped introduce Japanese trees to the west.


David Boufford waiting for road to be repaired on Highway 318 between Bangda (Bamda) and Baxoi (Baima). Photograph by Susan L. Kelley.

David Boufford waiting for road to be repaired on Highway 318 between Bangda [Bamda] and Baxoi [Baima]

April 26, 2018

David Boufford is a Senior Research Scientist at Harvard University Herbaria, a visiting scientist at the Arnold Arboretum, and a specialist on vascular plants of Asia.


Hunnewell Building, summer, climbing hydrangea, 1936

Hunnewell Building, summer, climbing hydrangea, 1936

April 16, 2018

The Hunnewell Building is named in honor of Horatio Hollis Hunnewell, who was a major contributor to the institution.


:Tree habit with man by road and car in background

Prunus lannesiana f. albida Japan, 1914

April 6, 2018

In early 1914, Wilson sailed with his family to Japan. His objective for this trip was to study the native forests, cultivated plants, and Japanese horticultural practices.


Tilia tomentosa

Tilia tomentosa, Arnold Arboretum, 1945

March 29, 2018

Joseph Charles Francis Rock traveled in Asia from 1920 until 1949 collecting plants for various institutions including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Geographic Society, and the Arnold Arboretum.


Snow Scenes, winter, conifers, 1966

Snow Scenes, winter, conifers, 1966

March 19, 2018

Herman Howard joined the Arnold Arboretum in 1929 and, with the exception of 3 years served with the armed forces (1943-1945), spent the next 38 years working as the Arboretum's unofficial photographer.


Dawn Redwood

Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) in the snow, 2018

March 13, 2018

Larissa had to go see how our standalone Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides was doing across from our Visitor Center. It's already a big show-off, but the snow on its branches made it look all the more majestic.


Japanese umbrella pine, Japan, 1905

Japanese umbrella pine, Japan, 1905

February 20, 2018

John George 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.


Japanese Umbrella Pine, Japan, 1914

Japanese Umbrella Pine, Japan, 1914

February 20, 2018

In early 1914, Wilson sailed with his family to Japan. His objective for this trip was to study the native forests, cultivated plants, and Japanese horticultural practices. Wilson’s specific expedition goals included conifers, Kurume azaleas, and Japanese cherries.


Snow Scenes, spring, Hunnewell Building, 1984

Snow Scenes, spring, Hunnewell Building, 1984

February 9, 2018

Gary Koller was Managing Horticulturist and Supervisor of Living Collections at the Arnold Arboretum. Koller spent 24 years at the Arnold Arboretum (1976-2000), first as the Supervisor of Living Collections and later as Managing Horticulturist.


Roads, winter, Meadow Road, snow, 1966

Roads, winter, Meadow Road, snow, 1966

February 1, 2018

Lime trees are hermaphroditic, having perfect flowers with both male and female parts, pollinated by insects.


Volunteer training, Arnold Arboretum, 1991

Volunteer training, Arnold Arboretum, 1991

January 29, 2018

Volunteers are essential to the Arboretum’s educational mission of fostering knowledge and appreciation of life science and the natural world.


Snow Scenes, winter, tracks in the snow, 1980

Snow Scenes, winter, tracks in the snow, 1980

January 11, 2018

The Conifer Collection is comprised of 567 gymnosperm taxa (kinds) representing 197 species, 31 genera, and 9 families. The main tract occupies twenty-four acres (10 hectares; excludes Hemlock Hill) and is arranged to facilitate the study of cone-bearing plants.


Spring and snow-covered peak along Highway 317 between Dêngqên [Gyamotang] and Sog Xian [Zaindainxoi]

Spring and snow-covered peak along Highway 317 between Dêngqên [Gyamotang] and Sog Xian [Zaindainxoi]

January 4, 2018

David Boufford is a Senior Research Scientist at Harvard University Herbaria, a visiting scientist at the Arnold Arboretum, and a specialist on vascular plants of Asia.


2017
The mighty Amnyi Machen Range, Tibet, 1926

The mighty Amnyi Machen Range, Tibet, 1926

December 21, 2017

"From the slopes I gained a peep at the large pyramid of the Amnyi Machin and I shouted for joy being certain of a glorious view for there was not a cloud in the sky."


Libocedrus decurrens, Lake Tahoe, 1929

Libocedrus decurrens, Lake Tahoe, 1929

December 14, 2017

Susan Delano McKelvey became one of the Arboretum's first and foremost plant researchers and explorers, primarily of the American southwest.


Bussey Brook, winter, beeches, 1924

Bussey Brook, winter, beeches, 1924

December 7, 2017

Bussey Brook valley with American Beeches (Fagus grandifolia) in the foreground.


Summer Interns of 1995

Summer Interns of 1995

November 30, 2017

The Hunnewell Internship is a paid internship that combines hands on training alongside professional Horticultural staff as well as educational classes.


Hunnewell Building with moon and jet, winter, 2017

Hunnewell Building with moon and jet, winter, 2017

November 16, 2017

The library staff member noticed the morning moon and jet stream perfectly framed in the clear sky above The Hunnewell Building, and shot the moment with her phone.


Arnold Arboretum Summer Interns, 1990

Arnold Arboretum Summer Interns, 1990

November 9, 2017

The Hunnewell Internship is a paid internship that combines hands on training alongside professional Horticultural staff as well as educational classes.


North Meadow, fall, Dawn Redwood, 1980

North Meadow, fall, Dawn Redwood, 1980

November 6, 2017

Metasequoia glyptostroboides, popularly known as the “dawn redwood,” was believed to have become extinct millions of years ago, but its rediscovery during the 1940s in China led to widespread cultivation in additional temperate areas of the world.


Quercus dentata Japan, Sapporo, 1905

Quercus dentata Japan, Sapporo, 1905

October 26, 2017

Already experienced in plant exploration, John George Jack embarked on a year-long trip to Eastern Asia in 1905. He became the first staff member after Charles Sprague Sargent to visit Asia.


Peter's Hill, spring, White Oak (Quercus alba), 1970

Peter’s Hill, spring, White Oak (Quercus alba), 1970

October 19, 2017

Crabapples bloom in white and shades of red ranging from pale pink to deep purplish rose. Often the flower buds are a darker shade than the open flowers, adding attractive contrast on blooming branches.


Quercus major Korea, 1917

Quercus major Korea, 1917

October 12, 2017

E.H. Wilson took this photograph during his Expedition to the Far East (Japan, Korea, Manchuria, Formosa, and Islands in the Japanese Sea) which ran from 1917 to 1919.


Quercus Baronii China, 1919

Quercus Baronii China, 1919

October 5, 2017

Joseph Hers was an interpreter for the Belgium Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Chengchow, and was superbly situated to collect and photograph rare plants endemic to that region. Between 1919 and 1938, he collected seed and specimens of over 2,000 species, and published papers on cultivated and indigenous woody plants of Northeastern Asia.


Tomb with stone effigies, China, 1909

Tomb with stone effigies, China, 1909

September 28, 2017

This photograph was among hundreds taken by Wilson during his Third Expedition to China (his first under the official aegis of The Arnold Arboretum).


Arnold Arboretum staff at Alfred Rehder's 70th birthday party, 1933

Arnold Arboretum staff at Alfred Rehder’s 70th birthday party, 1933

September 21, 2017

The Archive Collection holds Group Photographs of Arnold Arboretum Staff that date back to 1916.


Katsura, Cercidiphyllum japonicum, China 1910

Katsura, Cercidiphyllum japonicum, China 1910

September 14, 2017

The purpose of his Wilson's Arboretum expedition, which began in 1910, was to collect cones and conifer seeds in the central and southwestern parts of China.


Faxon Pond with Sugar Maples (Acer sacchrum) in fall color and the Shrub Collection in the background

Acer sacchrum, fall, Faxon Pond, 1936

September 7, 2017

Faxon Pond is named in honor of long-time staff member Charles Edward Faxon (1846-1918).


Man in native dress carrying sticks

Man in native dress carrying sticks. China, 1922

August 31, 2017

A native of Lichiang, met on the way to Lashipa on the Lo shin tung plateau. Yunnan, China. Photo by J.F. Rock, May 10, 1922.


Albizzia julibrissin

Silk tree, Albizzia julibrissin, near Hunnewell Building, 1989

August 25, 2017

Silk tree displays stunning pink and white, powder puff-like flowers starting in early July and often continuing into September. At any given time during its long blooming period, you may observe buds, flowers, and spent blossoms on the same tree.


Tree habit with three children in western dress

Sophora japonica and Albizzia julibrissin Tientsin, China, 1907

August 17, 2017

Frank Meyer’s photographs document his expeditions. His captions reflect his empathy with the subject matter and the enthusiasm he held about the potential for improvements in economic botany in the West based on his exploration of the East.


Man in native dress performing religious dance

Man in native dress performing religious dance. China, 1922

August 9, 2017

Moso wizard from Nguluko on slopes of Lichiang snow range; he is in attitude of dancing the sacred Moso dance with sword and gong.


Three women digging for shellfish, Japan, circa 1900

Three women digging for shellfish, Japan, circa 1900

August 3, 2017

Dendrologist and educator John George Jack embarked on a year-long trip to the Far East in 1905. He became the first staff member after Charles Sprague Sargent to visit Asia.


Peking, China - Imperial Gardens, 1914

Peking, China – Imperial Gardens, 1914

July 27, 2017

When Meyer sailed for China in 1905, he began a 13-year odyssey that led to the introduction of more than 2,000 species of plants.


Greenhouses, summer, 1090 Centre Street, ca. 1895

Greenhouses, summer, 1090 Centre Street, 1895

July 20, 2017

Jackson Dawson (1841-1916), our first superintendent and propagator, had previously built a "tiny unpretentious greenhouse" in the back of his home at 1090 Centre Street.


Hunnewell Building, spring, magnolia, 1986

Hunnewell Building, spring, magnolia, 1986

July 13, 2017

The Cucumber tree (Magnolia acuminata) is the largest of all magnolia trees. Over the summer, its greenish-yellow flowers turn into cylindrical fruits that look like tiny cucumbers.


Volunteer training, Arnold Arboretum, 1991

Volunteer training, Arnold Arboretum, 1991

July 6, 2017

Volunteers are essential to the Arboretum’s educational mission of fostering knowledge and appreciation of life science and the natural world. We offer a variety of great opportunities interact with the living collections, fellow educators, horticulturalists, historians, visitors, visiting scholars, the library, and so much more.


Caravan of pack animals in front of buildings, Yunnan, China, 1922

Caravan of pack animals in front of buildings, Yunnan, China, 1922

June 29, 2017

Joseph Charles Francis Rock was, among many things, an explorer. He traveled in Asia from 1920 until 1949 collecting plants for various institutions including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Geographic Society, and The Arnold Arboretum.


Hunnewell Building, summer, renovated steps, 1993

Hunnewell Building, summer, renovated steps, 1993

June 22, 2017

The Hunnewell Building is located at the Main Entrance of the Arnold Arboretum. The facility houses our Visitor Center, Lecture Hall, Library and Archives, and Herbarium. The building was constructed in 1892 and fully renovated with improved accessibility and structural improvements in 1992.


Roads, spring, Hemlock Hill Road, 1940

Mountain laurels in bloom on Hemlock Hill Road, 1940

June 15, 2017

Mountain laurels are a broadleaved evergreen shrub in the heather family (Ericaceae) and are native to the eastern United States. Our collection is located at the base of Hemlock Hill, easily accessible from the Bussey Street gate. June is peak bloom time, so now is the perfect time to visit us!


Dana Greenhouses interior, bonsai in cold storage, spring 1962

Dana Greenhouses interior, bonsai in cold storage, spring 1962

June 8, 2017

The Charles Stratton Dana Greenhouses opened in 1962 at the northwest end of our grounds (along Centre Street), partly to modernize our plant propagation resources, also to provide a centralized research facility for Arboretum staff.


Red-tailed hawk

Red-tailed hawk at the library, 2016

June 1, 2017

We were processing journals in the early afternoon and by chance we looked up for just a moment and found we had a new sort of library visitor. An adult red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis [Gmelin, 1788]) was peering in at us from the far northeast corner of the Reading Room.


Fagus sylvatica Sieboldii Japan 1905

Fagus sylvatica Sieboldii, Japan, 1905

May 25, 2017

Already experienced in plant exploration when he embarked on a year-long trip to the Far East in 1905, John George Jack became the first staff member after Sargent to visit Asia.


Beech (Fagus) Collection

Bussey Brook, spring, Beech Collection, 1970

May 18, 2017

Beeches are an ornamental highlight at the Arboretum, all year long. As you can see from this image, the branches begin to unleash their foliage which by summer turns a deep, dark green and then in fall creates a grand, golden display.


Fagus longipetiolata

Fagus longipetiolata in China by Ernest Henry Wilson, 1907

May 11, 2017

This photograph was among hundreds taken by Wilson during his 1907 Expedition to China, one hundred years ago! Wilson turned out to be a considerably talented photographer--and not only has his work endured but it's also remarkable when you consider the double benefit of The Arboretum's expeditions: botanical collecting along with visual documentation of cultural landscapes.


Tree lined street with a man and a woman in rickshaws

Prunus yedoensis, Japan, Yokohama by John Jack, 1905

April 27, 2017

Yoshino cherry (Prunus x yedoensis, similar to the abundant and famous cherry blossoms of Washington DC), can be found in The Bradley Rosaceous Collection along Forest Hills Road, just inside Forest Hills Gate.


Forsythia bank with Bussey Hill Road in the foreground

Forsythia bank with Bussey Hill Road in the foreground, 1965

April 20, 2017

Forsythia are an early-spring bloom that explodes with color, often in April. Forsythia is named after William Forsyth (1737–1804), the Scottish horticulturalist and a founding member of the Royal Horticultural Society.


Frank Meyer with Castanea mollissima, China 1913

Frank Meyer with Castanea mollissima, China 1913

April 13, 2017

In late 1912, chestnut blight began to decimate the American chestnut tree population on a massive scale. Theories circulated that the disease might have originated from Asian timber imports. In 1913, David Fairchild sent Meyer to China where he would observe and document Chinese chestnut which might have been infected with the disease.


Hamamelis intermedia, Arnold Promise, 1991

Hamamelis intermedia, Arnold Promise, 1991

April 6, 2017

István Racz and Zsolt Debreczy are world-renowned denrologists with a long and storied association with Arnold Arboretum. They are authors of Conifers around the world : conifers of the temperate zones and adjacent regions. Many hundreds more of their living collections photographs are available in our library.


Terraced hillside with snow, Ichang, 1908

Terraced hillside with snow, Ichang, 1908

March 23, 2017

This photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson was among hundreds taken during his Third Expedition to China (his first under the official aegis of The Arnold Arboretum) . . . Wilson turned out to be a considerably talented photographer.


Corylus

Corylus sieboldiana (close-up of flower), 1900

March 16, 2017

Alfred Rehder first came to the Arboretum in 1898 while on assignment for Moller’s Deutsche Gartner-Zeitungand. Though he intended to stay in America for only half a year, he was persuaded to join the staff and remained at the Arboretum until (and beyond) his retirement in 1940.


Ponds, spring, Rehder Pond, 1904

Ponds, spring, Rehder Pond, 1904

March 9, 2017

Rehder Pond is named in honor of renowned Arnold Arboretum taxonomist Alfred Rehder (1863-1949).


Trees and vegetation by rocky stream

Salix gracilistyla – Korea 1918

March 2, 2017

Salix gracilistyla is our Tree of the Month at Arnold Arboretum, and you can read more about these willows and where to find them in our living collections during their peak late-winter/early-spring activity.


Stand of trees on a slope

Japan – Forestry Ogawa Forest, Kiso, 1905

February 23, 2017

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.


Path covered in snow

Snow Scenes, winter, path, 1964

February 16, 2017

"Winter Splendor" Photographed at Arnold Arboretum.


Conifers behind the Hunnewell Building covered in snow, 1920

Conifers behind the Hunnewell Building covered in snow, 1920

February 2, 2017

Ernest Wilson photographed this stand of conifers behind the Hunnwell Building heavily blanketed in snow in the winter of 1919-1920. In his diary, John Jack recorded that on February 5 and 6, 1920, a blizzard stopped the trains and stranded arboretum employees at home. This image may record the results of that massive storm.


Lumberyard in the snow, Manchuria 1907

Lumberyard in the snow, Manchuria 1907

January 26, 2017

Frank Meyer’s photographs document his expeditions. His captions reflect his empathy with the subject matter and the enthusiasm he held about the potential for improvements in economic botany in the West based on his exploration of the East.


Pinus bungeana China, (Peking), 1926

Pinus bungeana China, (Peking), 1926

January 19, 2017

Pinus bungeana. China, (Peking) Western Hills, Tsin Shih Tse.


Joseph Rock with Nashi assistants, China 1925

Joseph Rock with Nashi assistants, China 1925

January 12, 2017

"Near the top which we reached about 9 a.m. I took two photos of my men dressed in their winter garments lined up in the deep snow near the summit at over 12,000 ft. elev."--Joseph Rock


Paths, winter, Oak Path, snow, 1980

Paths, winter, Oak Path, snow, 1980

January 5, 2017

This photograph was taken around the time of the 1980 renovation of The Oak Path at the Arnold Arboretum.


2016
Women from Arnold Arboretum staff, December 1965

Women from Arnold Arboretum staff, December 1965

December 22, 2016

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library holds Group Photographs of Arboretum Staff dating back to 1916.


Moso wizard, Yunnan China 1922

Moso wizard, Yunnan China 1922

December 15, 2016

Joseph Charles Francis Rock (1884–1962) was, among many things, an explorer. He traveled in Asia from 1920 until 1949 collecting plants for various institutions including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Geographic Society and The Arnold Arboretum. Charles Sargent hired Rock to explore China and Tibet for the Arboretum with the assignment to collect and photograph rare specimen and search for hardier forms of certain species.


Bussey Brook, fall, road construction, 1892

Bussey Brook, fall, road construction, 1892

December 8, 2016

The initial construction of Arnold Arboretum roads and gates by City of Boston engineers took place from 1883 to 1894.


Vegetation West of Kuan Hsien, China 1908

Vegetation West of Kuan Hsien, China 1908

December 1, 2016

Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) was the furthest traveled of all the Arnold Arboretum’s plant explorers 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.


Greenhouses, fall, Bussey Institution, 1959

Greenhouses, fall, Bussey Institution, 1959

November 24, 2016

The greenhouse facilities of the Bussey Institution were replaced in 1962 by The Dana Greenhouses.


Quercus dentata at Chang ling, China 1905

Quercus dentata at Chang ling, China 1905

November 17, 2016

Frank Meyer’s photographs document his expeditions. His captions reflect his empathy with the subject matter and the enthusiasm he held about the potential for improvements in economic botany in the West based on his exploration of the East.


North Meadow, fall, Goldsmith Brook, 1981

North Meadow, fall, Goldsmith Brook, 1981

November 10, 2016

Richard Warren (Professor of Surgery, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School) was born and raised in the Boston area. One of Dr. Warren’s great passions was the study of conifers, and in his retirement he studied conifers at the Arnold Arboretum.


Japanese Yew in the Conifer Collection, 1925

Japanese Yew in the Conifer Collection, 1925

November 3, 2016

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.


Mendum Street Gate, Arnold Arboretum, Fall 1936

Mendum Street Gate, Arnold Arboretum, Fall 1936

October 27, 2016

Mendum Street Gate, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States.


Arnold Arboretum greenhouses at the Bussey Institution, Fall 1928

Arnold Arboretum greenhouses at the Bussey Institution, Fall 1928

October 20, 2016

The greenhouse facilities of the Bussey Institution were replaced in 1962 by The Dana Greenhouse where so many accessions of of our living collections are systematically propagated from seed over a term of years and with expert horticultural care.


Hemlock Hill viewed from Bussey Hill, 1920

Hemlock Hill viewed from Bussey Hill, 1920

October 13, 2016

J. Horace McFarland was a prolific publisher (primarily concerning horticulture of the rose cultivar), environmentalist, and a leading proponent of the "City Beautiful Movement" in the United States.


Manchurian Catalpa, Peking, China, 1915

Manchurian Catalpa, Peking, China, 1915

October 6, 2016

Frank Meyer’s photographs document his expeditions. His captions reflect his empathy with the subject matter and the enthusiasm he held about the potential for improvements in economic botany in the West based on his exploration of the East.


Goldsmith Brook, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States

North Meadow, summer, Goldsmith Brook, 1979

September 29, 2016

Goldsmith Brook, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States


North Meadow viewed from the Maple (Acer) Collection, 1972

North Meadow viewed from the Maple (Acer) Collection, 1972

September 22, 2016

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.


E.H. Wilson and the Japan Railway used on expedition in Japan, 1917-1919

E.H. Wilson and the Japan Railway used on expedition in Japan, 1917-1919

September 15, 2016

Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) was the furthest traveled of all the Arnold Arboretum’s plant explorers 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 the West, nor to exaggerate the introduction of thousands of non-native plant species to their gardens.


Natives listening to a phonograph

Natives listening to a phonograph, Joseph Rock, Kan-su China, 1925

September 8, 2016

We go to an inn about the second house to the left, where I stop in a room containing the family shrine, grains, etc. I opened the phonograph and gave the people of Ch'ing-shui a concert. They had never seen such a thing as a phonograph and stood in amazement massed around the music box listening to Caruso's "Celeste Aida," the Quartet of "Rigoletto," etc. I took several pictures of the mob while they listened to the phonograph. I then took the phonograph to the top of the roof and photographed the throng that gathered on the roofs of the houses across the narrow dirty street.


Paths, summer, Willow Path, 1979

Paths, summer, Willow Path, 1979

September 1, 2016

Willow Path is one of the most popular trails for visitors at The Arnold Arboretum. One of its chief delights is a stroll through the Maple Collection, one of the most peaceful summer walks between Meadow Road and Forest Hills Gate.


Roads, summer, Meadow Road, 1975

Roads, summer, Meadow Road, 1975

August 25, 2016

Roads, summer, Meadow Road, 1975


Audience at a Tibetan summer festival in Daocheng [Rubu]

Audience at a Tibetan summer festival in Daocheng [Rubu], 1998

August 18, 2016

Audience at a Tibetan summer festival in Daocheng [Rubu]


Hunnewell Building

Hunnewell Building, summer, parking area, 1980

August 11, 2016

The Hunnewell Building is located at the Main Entrance of the Arnold Arboretum. The facility houses our Visitor Center, Lecture Hall, Library and Archives, and Herbarium. The building was constructed in 1892 and fully renovated with improved accessibility in 1992. It is named in honor of Horatio Hollis Hunnewell (1810-1902), who was a major contributor to the institution.


Tibertan women

Two Tibetan women and two festival tents at a summer festival northwest of Zogang, 2000

August 4, 2016

Susan L. Kelley is the former Manager of Biodiversity of the Hengduan Mountains Region project, part of Field Studies in China at Harvard University Herbaria.


Rhododendron Dell

Stony bed of Bussey Brook in Rhododendron Dell, 1993

July 28, 2016

Rhododendron Dell is a contemplative landscape showcasing the Arboretum’s core collection of hybrid and evergreen rhododendrons.


Faxon Pond

Faxon Pond, summer 1967

July 21, 2016

The three ponds in the Bradley Rosaceous Collection—Dawson, Faxon, and Rehder, named for former Arboretum staff members—are teeming with wildlife. In the summer months look for small fish, frogs, turtles, dragonflies, and damselflies.


Acer cappadocicum, Arnold Arboretum, 1990

Acer cappadocicum, Arnold Arboretum, 1990

July 14, 2016

This curious tree, a cultivar of Coliseum Maple accessioned in 1936, has been experiencing dramatic summer leaf bleaching for the past several years, with many leaves in the upper canopy turning stark white and dropping from the tree.


Greenhouses, summer, Dana Greenhouses, Dwarf Conifers, 1984

Man standing among the dwarf conifers, Arnold Arboretum, Summer 1984

July 7, 2016

A small collection of dwarf conifers is located on the slope between the Leventritt Shrub & Vine Garden and the Bonsai & Penjing Collection. There are also several dwarf and weeping conifers within the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden.


Magnolia [Virginiana a.] glauca, original drawing by Charles Edward Faxon

Magnolia [Virginiana a.] glauca, original drawing by Charles Edward Faxon

June 30, 2016

Charles Edward Faxon, in addition to acting as Assistant Director to Charles Sprague Sargent, also ran the library and herbarium.


Leventritt Garden

Leventritt Garden and pavilion, 2005

June 23, 2016

The Leventritt Shrub & Vine Garden is a three acre, terraced garden and a showcase for outstanding species and cultivars for the home garden, wild collected accessions, and plants that relate to Arboretum research and history.


Oaks, summer, 1977

Oak Collection with no ground cover, 1977

June 16, 2016

There are 41 different species of oaks at the Arnold Arboretum. Our largest accession is the Sargent Oak with a trunk diameter of 4.6 feet which is more than 14 feet in circumference. The tree was grown from seed collected in 1877.


Hemlock Hill, summer, puddingstone outcrops, 1927

Puddingstone slope on Hemlock Hill, 1927

June 9, 2016

Hemlock Hill is located at the southeast end of the Arnold Arboretum, between Bussey and Peters Hills and closest to the South Street Gate. Over its history, it has been impacted by human, insect, and environmental events.


Tibetan women at summer horserace festival, 2000

Tibetan women at summer horserace festival, 2000

June 2, 2016

Susan L. Kelley is Manager of Biodiversity of the Hengduan Mountains Region project, part of Field Studies in China at Harvard University Herbaria.


Hunnewell Building with Magnolias in bloom, 1940

Hunnewell Building with Magnolias in bloom, 1940

May 26, 2016

The Hunnewell Building is located at the Main Entrance of the Arnold Arboretum. The facility houses our Visitor Center, Lecture Hall, Library and Archives, and Herbarium. The building was constructed in 1892 and fully renovated with improved accessibility in 1992.


Natural hot spring at camp 2 in Hailuo Gou on the east side of Gongga Shan

Natural hot spring Hailuo Gou on east side of Gongga Mountain, Sichuan, 1997

May 19, 2016

Since 1997, David Boufford has worked on determining the western and southern boundaries of the Hengduan Mountain hotspot while continuing to collect specimens of vascular plants, bryophytes, and fungi.


Bussey Hill, spring, South Street, 1940

Lilacs, spring, Lilac Path, 1926

Lilac Path with women in coats and hats standing in the foreground, 1926

May 5, 2016

As we prepare to celebrate Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum on May 8, 2016, we are excited to feature this moment from ninety years ago of our Lilac Collection in full splendor.


Bussey Hill steps with forsythia shrubs in bloom, 1975

Bussey Hill steps with forsythia shrubs in bloom, 1975

April 28, 2016

Forsythia has a long history at Arnold Arboretum, starting with Ernest Henry Wilson's 1918 introduction of F. ovata, from Korea, and the hybridization endeavors of Karl Sax during the 1930s and 1940s.


Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) and a Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum var.) beside Meadow Road

Flowering Dogwood and Japanese Maple beside Meadow Road, 1964

April 21, 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.


Children on the rocks beside Valley Road near Centre Street

Children on the rocks beside Valley Road near Centre Street, 1981

April 14, 2016

April is the beginning of free general and themed tours of the grounds given by Arboretum staff and volunteers. Activities include the Spring Bird Walk with Bob Mayer!


Hunnewell Building, spring, magnolias, 1952

Magnolias in bloom in front of the Hunnewell Building, 1952

April 7, 2016

The Hunnewell Building houses our Visitor Center, Lecture Hall, Library and Archives, and Herbarium. The building was constructed in 1892 and fully renovated with improved accessibility in 1992. It is named in honor of Horatio Hollis Hunnewell (1810-1902), who was a major contributor to the institution.


Hamamelis mollis

Hamamelis mollis, Arnold Arboretum, 1927

March 31, 2016

Ernest Henry Wilson 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.


Hamamelis japonica arborea

Hamamelis japonica arborea, 1915-1919

March 24, 2016

Camillo Schneider was a German plant collector and dendrologist who, forced to abandon fieldwork in China, sought asylum and employment at the Arboretum during World War I.


Hamamelis virginiana

Hamamelis virginiana, Arnold Arboretum, 1900

March 17, 2016

Alfred Rehder was the Arboretum’s star pupil of denrdology and the taxonomy of woody plants. In addition to compiling the seminal Bradley Bibliography of horticultural reference works published before 1900, he also wrote the Manual of Cultivated Trees and Shrubs Hardy in North America, which is still in use to this day.


Hamamelis japonica, Arnold Arboretum, 1926

March 10, 2016

Hamamelis spp. "Witch-hazel" is our featured Tree of Month for March 2016.


Tree habit with man behind row of smaller trees

Tree habit with man behind row of smaller trees, Tokyo Botanic Garden, 1914

March 3, 2016

In early 1914, Wilson sailed with his family to Japan. His objective for this trip was to study the native forests, cultivated plants, and Japanese horticultural practices. Wilson’s specific expedition goals included conifers, Kurume azaleas, and Japanese cherries.


Cart stacked with cabbages

A wheelbarrow full of a Chinese early winter cabbage, Beijing 1913

February 25, 2016

Frank Meyer’s photographs document his expeditions. His captions reflect his empathy with the subject matter and the enthusiasm he held about the potential for improvements in economic botany in the West based on his exploration of the East.


North Meadow with Dawn Redwood on the right, 1985

North Meadow with Dawn Redwood on the right, 1985

February 18, 2016

Corliss Knapp Engle was a longtime friend of the Arnold Arboretum and a dedicated volunteer. She helped organize the slide collection in the library, and served on the Arboretum’s Visiting Committee for Harvard University and the Director’s Advisory Committee.


Dawn Redwood, 1970

Flowering vegetation in the North Meadow with willows and Dawn Redwood, 1970

February 11, 2016

The Dawn Redwood, also known as in Chinese as shui-sha (water fir), was discovered in the Hupeh (Hubei) Province on the border of Szechuan (Sichuan) Province in west central China in the 1940s. The tree had been believed to have become extinct millions of years ago but that was found not to be the case. This image taken in 1970 by Pamela Bruns captures a moment in the north meadow of Arnold Arboretum.


Dana Greenhouses

Dana Greenhouses in Winter, 1980 by Jack Alexander

February 4, 2016

Jack Alexander is Plant Propagator at the Dana Greenhouses, Arnold Arboretum. Jack joined the Arboretum in 1976, and since 1978 has contributed numerous articles to Arnoldia. He has also acted on the board of the Living Collections Committee of the Arboretum, and has written extensively on lilac cultivation.


Men laden with tea

Two men laden with tea, Szechuan China, 1908

January 28, 2016

"Men carry this Tea as far as Tachien-lu accomplishing about 6 miles per day over vile roads. Altitude 5,000 ft."--Ernest Henry Wilson


Japanese Umbrella Pine with wooden temple buildings, a lake and hills in the background

Japanese Umbrella Pine with wooden temple buildings, a lake and hills in the background

January 21, 2016

Already experienced in plant exploration when he embarked on a year-long trip to the Far East in 1905, John George Jack became the first staff member after Sargent to visit Asia. The Japanese Umbrella Pine is Tree of the Month for January 2016 at The Arnold Arboretum.


Caravan of mules and donkeys on a pass in mountains

Frank Meyer caravan, Chili Province near Yingtau-ko, 1913

January 14, 2016

This photograph was taken during Meyer's 1913 China trip, during which he determined that chestnut blight had indeed developed in China, but had not decimated the Asian chestnuts. The chestnut population of America had not fared so well at that time.


Snowy road with hills and houses beyond and men to left

Ernest Henry Wilson’s view of the country to the south of Ichang with Pinus massoniana, 1909

January 7, 2016

This 1909 photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson depicts a snowy road near Ichang, China with hills and houses beyond.


2015
Front façade of the Hunnewell Building, Racz and Debreczy, 1991

Front façade of the Hunnewell Building, Racz and Debreczy, 1991

December 17, 2015

The Hunnewell Building is located at the Main Entrance of the Arnold Arboretum. The facility houses our Visitor Center, Lecture Hall, Library and Archives, and Herbarium. The building was constructed in 1892 and fully renovated with improved accessibility in 1992.


Oak Path looking up the hill to Bussey Hill Road, 1979

Oak Path looking up the hill to Bussey Hill Road, 1979

December 10, 2015

This photograph was taken during the renovation of Oak Path at the Arnold Arboretum.


A portrait of the Dawson family taken on Labor Day weekend, 1901

A portrait of the Dawson family taken on Labor Day weekend, 1901

December 3, 2015

Jackson Dawson was a horticulturist of exceptional ability, and it was said only half in jest, that he could coax life from a dead stick.


Miss Virginia Keyes at the library desk, 1902

Miss Virginia Keyes at the library desk, 1902

November 26, 2015

In 1892, the construction of The Hunnewell Building, along with Sargent's donation of 6,000 volumes, enabled the library collection to further develop on Arboretum grounds.


An old poplar grove on the banks of Tao Ho

An old poplar grove on the banks of Tao Ho, Gansu Cheng, China. Joseph Rock 1926

November 19, 2015

"On the 10th we had glorious sunshine, the hills opposite Cho-ni on the other side of the Tao River were clothed in the most beautiful autumn garb, every tree stood out plainly.... We went out on that day and took some pictures of the willows and poplar groves on the Tao River, the trees were resplendent in their pale golden yellow foliage"--Joseph Rock, 1926.


Bussey Brook valley with American Beeches (Fagus grandifolia) in the foreground

Bussey Brook valley with American Beeches (Fagus grandifolia) in the foreground, 1924

November 12, 2015

Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) was the furthest traveled of all the Arnold Arboretum’s plant explorers of the early twentieth century. 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.


Stand of trees with a man in traditional dress pulling a sledge loaded with firewood

Stand of beech trees with man in traditional dress pulling firewood, Japan 1905

November 5, 2015

John George Jack, the photographer of this image, was an educator who also explored and photographed the forest preserves and activities of the lumbering industry in Japan, as well as the forests of Taiwan and Korea.


Tibetan house in Sertar [Seke]

Tibetan house built of wood and stone in Sêrtar Xian, China 1997

October 29, 2015

Richard Ree became intrigued by the diversity of the flora in the Hengduan region and the question of why so many closely related species had evolved in such close proximity. This image also illustrates the architectural, economic, and decorative uses of wood in the region.


Jessup Wood Collection

Jesup Wood Collection, Hunnewell Building, circa 1902

October 22, 2015

Just after the turn of the 20th century, the Arnold Arboretum curated “The Woods of the United States” exhibit, which from 1902 to 1938 was located in what is now our Visitor Center. This collection showcasing woods and their economic uses was compiled from the Jesup Collection of American Woods at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.


Meadow Road between the Maple (Acer) Collection and Leitneria Swamp, 1980

Meadow Road between the Maple (Acer) Collection and Leitneria Swamp, 1980

October 15, 2015

Our maple collection includes Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) and its cultivars such as A. pseudosieboldianum, A. japonicum, A. mono, and A. pubipalmatum.


Maple tree trunk with man, Sapporo Park, Hokkaido, Japan

Maple tree trunk with man, Sapporo Park, Hokkaido, Japan. 1914.

October 8, 2015

In early 1914, Wilson sailed with his family to Japan. His objective for this trip was to study the native forests, cultivated plants, and Japanese horticultural practices.


Ground prepared and marked for the construction of Bussey Hill Road

Bussey Hill Road construction, fall 1890

October 1, 2015

The initial construction of Arnold Arboretum roads and gates by City of Boston engineers took place from 1883 to 1894.


Flowering plant planted in a tub with a double exposure of Frank Meyer standing

Viburnum macrocephalum China, 1908

September 24, 2015

Frank Meyer's photograph of Viburnum macrocephalum. Grown in tub; could be utilised very well as a decorative plant by our florists. It does not stand any great cold. Shanghai. May 4, 1908.


Black Haws (Viburnum prunifolium) along a Bussy Hill Road with people riding horses in the background

Roads, spring, viburnums, 1903

September 17, 2015

Viburnum prunifolium along road Arn. Arb. Published in Country Life 190.


Flowering branch

Viburnum fragrans China, 1915

September 10, 2015

Viburnum fragrans photograph by Frank Meyer. Peking, China. Flowering branch of an uncommon species of snowball. The shrub, which grows to the height of 7-8 feet is much sued for forcing when dwarfed and trained into flat shape. It has only been obtainable in Peking by the general public since the Empress Dowager passed away, before that it was only found in the palace garden.


Arnold Arboretum staff

Arnold Arboretum Staff in front of Hunnewell Building, 1970

September 3, 2015

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum keeps group photographs of staff members, dating back to 1916. This photograph from 1970 was taken during the directorship of Dr. Richard A. Howard.


Boston Park Rangers

Mounted Boston Park Rangers in front of Hunnewell Building, 1984

August 27, 2015

The concept of park rangers originated in the nineteenth century with Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted advised that there be a force of ‘Park Keepers’ to patrol the parks in an effort to prevent vandalism and to encourage the wise use of the City’s parks.


Tibetan girl carrying small child

China – Tibetan children

August 20, 2015

Tibetan girl carrying small child, photograph by William Purdom, 1909-1911. An image selected from our current exhibit in the Arnold Arboretum Visitor Center.


stone house

Stone house, used in summer by nomadic yak herders, on the north side of Daxue Shan

August 13, 2015

Stone house, used in summer by nomadic yak herders photographed in the summer of 1998.


Two women walking on a path flanked by trees in the North Woods

Paths, spring, North Woods, 1973

August 6, 2015

Two women walking on a path flanked by trees in the North Woods, Arnold Arboretum, 1973.


Willow (Salix) with Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) by Willow Path

Paths, summer, Willow Path restoration, 1982

July 30, 2015

Sheila Connor began working in the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library in 1970, and retired in 2012 as Horticultural Research Archivist. Sheila's visionary leadership brought the library and its collections into the digital age. This photograph is one of thousands available from our Image Collection.


Joseph Rock seated with Mr. Li and his staff at Puerhfu, China 1922

July 23, 2015

Joseph Rock is seated here with several people, some in traditional dress, in Puerhfu, China. March 15, 1922.


Tibetans standing next to a vehicle at a summer festival northwest of Zogang [Wangda]

Tibetans standing next to a vehicle at summer festival 2000

July 16, 2015

Tibetans standing next to a vehicle at a summer festival northwest of Zogang [Wangda].


Reading room of the library in the Hunnewell Building

Hunnewell Building, summer, library, 1927

July 9, 2015

Jan Tijs Peiter Bijhouwer was a Dutch landscape architect and lecturer at Wageningen Agricultural University and Technical University of Delft.


Hunnewell Building, summer, magnolia, 1980

Hunnewell Building, summer, magnolia, 1980

July 2, 2015

Hunnewell Building with a tree trunk in the foreground.


Women posed for group portrait

Women posed for group portrait, Korea 1917

June 25, 2015

Wilson sailed with his family for his Sixth Expedition to the Far East, beginning in 1917 and his collection of notebooks are digitized and available.


Linden

Bussey Brook, summer, Rhododendron Dell, 1993

Rose garden 1984


Habenaria davidii (Orchidaceae) in forest along road west of Bomi [Zhamo]

May 21, 2015

Habenaria davidii (Orchidaceae) in forest along road west of Bomi [Zhamo]


Roads, spring, Forest Hills Road, ca. 1973

May 14, 2015

Forest Hills Rd Prunus & Malus [Title from verso.] 11.5 x 16.5 cm. Gelatin silver process.


Lilacs, spring, carriages, 1908

May 7, 2015

Syringa The lilac collections [Title from verso of mount.] Looking west. 20 x 24.5 cm. Gelatin silver process.


Tree habit with man

Cycas revoluta Japan

April 30, 2015

Cycas revoluta Thunb. Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan. Tree 18 ft. tall. Pistillate plant on which Mr. Ikeno's experiments led to the discovery of spermatozoids in Cycas. Grounds of high school. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 20.5 x 15.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.



Hunnewell Building, spring, magnolias, ca. 1980

April 16, 2015

Administration Building ca. 1980 [Title from recto of enclosure.] Gelatin silver process.


Joseph Rock - China, Sze-chuan (Huang-kiang). Our houseboat at Huang-kiang

China, Sze-chuan (Huang-kiang). Our houseboat at Huang-kiang.

April 9, 2015

China, Sze-chuan (Huang-kiang). Our houseboat at Huang-kiang on the Ta-kwan Ho, just before leaving for Sui-fu. Photo by J. F. Rock, January 25, 1925. Diary, vol. I, p. 135. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 11.5 x 17 cm. (photo), 24 x 30 cm. (board). Gelatin silver process.


William Purdom - Pavillion on a rocky islet in an icy river, 1911

China – Tow River

April 2, 2015

China - Tow River. Tow River in winter Boundary between China and Tibetan country. Photo by Wm. Purdom, 1909-1911. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] Gelatin silver process.


Snow Scenes, winter, Meadow Road, 1969

March 26, 2015

Winter in the Arboretum [Title from verso.] Alternate Title: Benches along Meadow Road in the snow Photograph by Pamela Bruns, (American) Meadow Road, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States. February 1969


Allium schoenoprasum China

March 19, 2015

Allium schoenoprasum. Sianfu, Shensi, China. Large forced chives, which are an important winter vegetable in Shanfu. Much used raw or scalded with meats and as a savory herb in soups. Considered very healthy. Chinese name Tcho tsai. January 3, 1914. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 9.5 x 12.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Kan-su, (Cho-ni), China. Arnold Arboretum Expedition – eleven of the Nashi assistants with Mr. Rock.

March 12, 2015

China, Kan-su (Cho-ni). Arnold Arboretum Expedition. Eleven of the Nashi assistants of the expedition led by J. F. Rock with Mr. Rock. "One boy missing, who had to stay behind and watch the house." Photo near Cho-ni on the Tao River. Winter of 1926. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 10 x 17 cm. (photo), 20 x 22.5 cm. (board). Gelatin silver process on paper.


The Invented Landscape

March 5, 2015

Agosto, 2015. 12" x 48" / Oil on canvas.


Conifers, winter, Spruce Collection, snow, ca. 1975

February 26, 2015

Spruce (Picea) Collection in the snow with Siberian Spruce (Picea omorika) in background.


Chamaecyparis obtusa

February 19, 2015

Chamaecyparis obtusa var. nana Carr. Genuine dwarf tree about 70 yrs. old. Value yen 50. Grounds of the Yokohama Nursery Co., Yokohama. [Information from inventory list.] 20.5 x 15.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.


Snow Scenes, winter, North Meadow, ca. 1980

February 12, 2015

North Meadow in the snow.


Hemlock Hill, winter, hemlock trunks, 1902

February 5, 2015

Tsuga canadensis growing on rocks Hemlock Hill, arn. Arb. [Title from recto of slide.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.


Snow Scenes, spring, tracks in the snow, 1990

January 29, 2015

Tracks of skiers and hikers among the lilacs.


Peter’s Hill, winter, pines, 1968

January 22, 2015

Peter's Hill, winter, pines, 1968.


China – Troops at review

January 15, 2015

Soldiers standing at attention with a dignitary sitting on a reviewing stand behind.


Pinus bungeana China

January 8, 2015

A gigantic specimen of the white-barked pine, measuring 21 ft. in circumference, six feet above the ground, estimated age 1200 years. Sprouting out into nine main branches at about 5 1/2 ft. above the ground. Growing in the grounds of Tchi tai tse temple, west of Peking, China. January 17, 1908. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 12 x 9.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.


2014

Two Tibetan boys at Tiensi Hu

December 18, 2014

Two Tibetan boys at Tiensi Hu


Snow Scenes, winter, lilacs, 1952

December 11, 2014

Winter scene - Lilac Banking [Title from recto and verso.] 11.5 x 16.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Ulmus foliacea Turkestan

December 4, 2014

Ulmus foliacea. An elm tree of a very peculiar shape; locally considered to have something to do with supernatural powers. Native Mohammedan guide standing on trunk, dressed all up in winter garb. Near Shagran, Chinese Turkestan. December 23, 1910. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 9.5 x 12.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Bussey Hill, fall, birches, 1981

November 27, 2014

Betula Coll. with Euonomysus [Title from recto of slide.]
35 mm. Emulsion on polyester.


Hunnewell Building, fall, new front entrance, 1993

November 20, 2014

Administration Building Fall 1993 [Title from recto of enclosure.] 16.5 x 24 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


China – Prayer flags

November 13, 2014

Prayer flags with mountains beyond.


China, Kan-su (Adjuan). View of the densely forested Ta Ku.

November 6, 2014

Bird's-eye view of tree habit, gorge, forests, and mountains. Kan-su, (Adjuan), China. View of the densely forested valley called Ta Ku, or Big Gorge, southwest of the Tebbu village of Adjuan. The trees are mostly spruces, the predominating being probably Picea meyeri. Elevation at which photo was taken: 10,500 ft. Photo by J. F. Rock, July 5, 1925. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] / Similar to R-065. 11 x 17 cm. (photo), 20 x 15.5 cm. (board). Gelatin silver process on paper.


Larix dahurica var. Principis Rupprechtii China

October 30, 2014

Larix dahurica var Principis Rupprechtii. A witchbroom on a larch, found in a small larch forest near Tchai ling sze temple. Prof. C.S.Sargent says larch is probably new. Wu tai shan, Shansi, China. February 26, 1908. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 9.5 x 12.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.



Vaccinum macrocarpum

October 16, 2014

Cranberry, from a bog in Pembroke [Massachusetts]. 20 x 15 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Arnold Arboretum Malus sublobata

October 9, 2014

Malus sublobata. Fruit cluster [Information from recto of mount] Gelatin silver process on paper.


Gates, fall, Mendum Street Gate, 1936

October 2, 2014

Autumn color [Title from card index.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.


Greenhouses, summer, Dana Greenhouses, Bonsai House, 1962

September 25, 2014

Newly constructed Bonsai House AA [Title from recto of slide.] Front View. 35 mm. Emulsion on polyester.


Peking, China – Imperial Gardens

September 18, 2014

Peking - Imperial gardens. China. Chinese landscape gardening. An exquisitely carved Gate of Honor on the east shore of the large lake in the grounds of the summer palace near Peking. When seen against the purple western sky it leaves an impression never to be forgotten. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.]
8.5 x 11 cm. Emulsion on glass.


Tibet (Ketenika). Tibetan nomads.

September 11, 2014

Tibet, Koko Nor, (Ketenika). Tibetan nomads northwest of the Koko Nor, at Ketenika. The tribe to which they belong is called Shakurg Tabjee. Photographed en route to Rako from the Koko Nor. Photograph by J. F. Rock, September 28, 1925. Diary, vol. IV, p. 66. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 11.5 x 16.5 cm. (photo), 24 x 30 cm. (board). Gelatin silver process on paper.


Greenhouses, spring, Dana Greenhouses construction, 1961

September 4, 2014

Ground Breaking Ceremonies for the new Arn. Arb. Greenhouses. [Title from recto of enclosure.] / Dr. Bradford Washburn with spade at Arn. Arb. groundbreaking ceremonies for new greenhouse [Title from verso.] / Left to right in the front row: Dr. Nathan Pusey, President of Harvard University; Martin Walsh, Boston Park Commission; Dr. Bradford Washburn, Director of the Science Museum; Dr. George Taylor, Director of Kew Gardens, England; Dr. Richard A. Howard, Director of the Arnold Arboretum. Left to right rear: D.M.A. Jayaweera; Chester E. Bond (contractor). Far right rear: Sidney Shurcliff. 11.5 x 16.5 cm.; 1 negative 5.5 x 5.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Lichuan City, Hubei, China

August 28, 2014

Stephen Spongberg began his career at the Arnold Arboretum in 1970, as assistant curator devoted to the Generic Flora of the Southeastern United States Project. In 1976, he was appointed horticultural taxonomist. In 1979, he also undertook the editorship of the Journal of the Arnold Arboretum (now published as part of the Harvard Papers in Botany), a position he held for 12 years.


Populus maximowiczii Korea

August 21, 2014

Populus maximowiczii Henry. Abies nephrolepis Maxim. forming mixed forests. Inn at Tokuitsudo and author in foreground. Tumen-Yalu divide, prov. N. Kankyo. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 15.5 x 20.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.


Sophora japonica China

August 14, 2014

Saphora japonica L. North Honan, China. 5 m. in girth. Photo by Joseph Hers, 1919. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 8 x 14 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Charles Sprague Sargent

August 7, 2014

Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927), Director of the Arnold Arboretum, 1872-1927. Three-quarter view. 22.5 x 15.5 cm. (photograph), 24 x 30 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Hunnewell Building, summer, 1892

July 30, 2014

Hunnewell Bldg ca. 1892 Print from HU Archives 1/2001 [Title from verso.] / 1 duplicate, 18.5 x 24 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


China – Peking Incense burner

July 24, 2014

China - Peking. Incense burner. Temple in Western Hills. Peking. Photo by Wm. Purdom, 1909-1911. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] For a similar view and subject see Hedda Morrison, Summer Palace, Jade Fountain, hills temples album. 16.5 x 10.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


E.H. Wilson surrounded by Japanese officials from the forestry department (Korea) 1914

July 17, 2014

Mr. E.H. Wilson surrounded by Japanese officials and members of the forestry department. The Japanese took a keen interest in the botanist's explorations and extended to him every courtesy. The Gendarmes in the outlying sections of Korea rendered him valuable aid. Mr. Wilson says Korea is in a better condition under Japanese rule than it has been for 300 years. [Title from verso of photo mount.] 9.5 x 13.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Roads, summer, Meadow Road, ca. 1987

July 10, 2014

Meadow Road AA [Title from recto of slide.] 35 mm. slide. Emulsion on polyester.


Hemlock Hill, summer, Hemlock Hill Path, ca. 1920

July 3, 2014

Tsuga Path & Ferns [Title from recto of slide.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. square. Emulsion on glass.


Ligustrum lucidum China

June 26, 2014

Ligustrum lucidum. Village of Sze men, Kansu, China.
A near view of the trunk of an evergreen privet tree, measuring 8 feet in circumference 5 feet above the ground. This shows that, in case olives could be successfully grafted on this species, they would have enough trunk space to develop into old trees. October 18, 1914. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 9.5 x 12.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


North Meadow, early spring, flooded, 1936

June 19, 2014

Meadow flooded [Title from recto and verso of mount.] 11.5 x 16.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


China, Kan-su (Cho-ni). Arnold Arboretum Expedition – the twelve Nashi assistants.

June 12, 2014

China, Kan-su (Cho-ni). The twelve Nashi assistants of the Arnold Arboretum-Harvard University West China Expedition photographed in the Cho-ni Lamasery. Photo by J. F. Rock. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 11.5 x 16 cm. (photo), 24 x 30 cm. (board). Gelatin silver process on paper.


China – Peasant girl

June 5, 2014

Peasant girl. Tow river district. Photo by Wm. Purdom. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 15.5 x 11 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Forest Hills Gate restored, 1985

May 29, 2014

Forest Hills Gate Restored 5/5/85 [Title from recto of enclosure.] / Restored Forest Hills entrance [Title from verso.] 9 x 13 cm. Color photography on paper.


Betula luminifera China

May 22, 2014

Betula lumininifera Winkler. Forests of West Romi-Chango, West Szechuan, China. Height 100 ft. Circumference 12 ft. Altitude 8,500 ft. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] Emulsion on glass.


Bussey Hill, spring, azaleas, 1940

May 15, 2014

Rhododendron japonicum Bussey Hill [Title from card index.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. square. Emulsion on polyester.


Lilacs, spring, Bussey Hill Road, 1899

May 8, 2014

Syringa vulgaris varieties Looking southeast. [Title from recto of slide.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.


Lilacs, spring, Bussey Hill Road, 1934

May 1, 2014

Syringa Views (Collection) Lower walk [Title from card index.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. square. Emulsion on glass.


Lilacs, spring, 1908

April 23, 2014

Syringa [Title from recto of mount.] Lilac collection. [Title from verso of mount.] / 20 x 24.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


China – Peking

April 17, 2014

China - Peking. A green-grocer's shop. The upright standing stalks in the basket are the fleshy roots of a Zizania. The lower basket to the left is filled with tubers of a dryland taro or dasheen, while yams and lotus rhizomes are clearly discernible. October 18, 1913. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 9.5 x 12.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Bussey Hill, spring, Cedar of Lebanon, 1926

April 10, 2014

Cedrus libanotica [Title from recto of slide.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. square. Emulsion on glass.


Hunnewell Building, spring, climbing hydrangea, 1927

April 3, 2014

Hyrangea petiolaris on Administration Bldg. [Title from recto of slide.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. square. Emulsion on glass.


Bussey Hill, spring, steps, 1975

March 27, 2014

Bussey Hill Arnold Arb. [Title from recto of slide.] 35 mm. slide. Emulsion on polyester.


Charles S. Sargent and Ernest H. Wilson standing in front of a Higan Cherry tree (Prunus subhirtella)

Cherries, spring, Sargent and Wilson, 1915

March 20, 2014

Prunus subhirtella C.S. Sargent & E.H. Wilson [Title from recto of slide.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. square. Emulsion on glass.


Fagus sylvatica asiatica Japan, Lake Chuzenji

March 13, 2014

Fagus sylvatica asiatica. Japan, Lake Chuzenji. Trunk over 3 ft. diam. Photo by J.G. Jack, Aug. 10, 1905. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 14 x 8.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Spring Flower Show

March 6, 2014

In addition to hosting Lilac Sunday since 1908, The Arnold Arboretum has also participated in the Boston Flower and Garden Show over the years. Varying exhibit themes, plant lists, and images dating back to 1953 can be viewed in our Archive Collection. Please contact the library for additional information about our holdings.


Thuja orientalis Mongolia, (Palakai) China

February 27, 2014

Thuja orientalis. Mongolia, (Palakai). In the background a lamasery of inner Mongolia. Photo by Joseph Hers. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.]8 x 10.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Pyrus ussuriensis ovoidea China

February 20, 2014

Pyrus ussuriensis ovoidea. Tsun hua chou, Chili Prov., China. A variety of pear which is an improvement over the ones shown in photos 13236 and 13237. Chinese name Ta suan li meaning big sour pear. Tsun hua chou, Chili Prov., China. December 9, 1916. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 16.5 x 11.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Arnold Arboretum

February 13, 2014

Cypripedium luteum, Fr. Flowers yellow, native of alpine woods around Sungpan, 9000-11,500 ft. Photograph of first flowers to open under cultivation in Arnold Arboretum. [Information from label in photograph album.] 20.5 x 15.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.


Bussey Brook, winter, snow, 1950

February 6, 2014

Bussey Brook [Title from recto.] / Bussey Brook Snow [Title from verso.] / 11.5 x 17 cm. 1 duplicate, 12 x 16.5 cm. 1 negative, 5.5 x 5.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Trail in forest below Camp 1 along the south side of Hailuo Gou on the east slope of Gongga Shan

January 30, 2014

Trail in forest below Camp 1 along the south side of Hailuo Gou on the east slope of Gongga Shan


[China (Yunnan)]

January 23, 2014

Moso wizard in the act of dancing a religious dance, at the village of Nguluke. Yunnan, China. Photo by J.F. Rock, August 27, 1922. [Information from label in photograph album.] 16 x 10.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


China – Trumpet, Chone Monastery

January 16, 2014

China. Trumpet used in devil dancing, Chone Monastery, ten ft. long. Photo by Wm. Purdom, 1909-1911. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 11 x 15.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper. For a similar view and subject see the photographs of Joseph Rock, Cho-ni Lamasery.


Bussey Hill, winter, summit, snow, 1983

January 9, 2014

Bussey Hill Winter [Title from recto of slide.] Emulsion on polyester.


Conifers, winter, junipers, snow, 1978

January 2, 2014

Juniper Collection [Title from recto of enclosure.] / Juniper Collection [Title from verso.] / 1 duplicate, 11.5 x 16.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


2013

China Prayer mills

December 19, 2013

China. Prayer mills, village gate entrance, Tow river district. Photo by Wm. Purdom, 1909-1911. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 16.5 x 10.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Koshun botanical garden, Formosa, Japan Areca catechu

December 12, 2013

Koshun botanical garden, Formosa, Japan. Areca catechu. Photo by J.G. Jack, 1905: presented by him Mar. 7, 1936. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 15.5 x 10.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Japan – Hondo

December 5, 2013

Japan - Hondo. Sandstone islets clothed with Pinus thunbergii Parl. with four Pinus densiflora S. & Z. in foreground. Matsushima, Rikuzen province. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 15.5 x 20.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.


Glacier southeast of Rawu on the road to Zay

November 28, 2013

Glacier southeast of Rawu on the road to Zay.


Ernest Henry Wilson reading in the library of the Hunnewell administration building at the Arnold Arboretum

November 21, 2013

Ernest Henry Wilson reading in the library of the Hunnewell administration building at the Arnold Arboretum


Elaeagnus angustifolia Turkestan

November 14, 2013

Elaeagnus angustifolia. An extraordinarily large Oleaster tree, probably more than a century old, growing on the edge of a corn field in a mellow, sandy soil. A right graceful ornamental tree this Oleaster is, with its silvery, olive-like leaves, livened up in autumn by thousands of fruits, mostly orange or orange-red color. Near Ism-sala, Chinese Turkestan. December 7, 1910. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 9.5 x 12.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Populus. China, Kan-su (Cho-ni). Autumn scene on the banks of the Tao Ho.

November 7, 2013

View of tree-lined river and road. 11.5 x 17 cm. (photo),
24 x 30 cm. (board). Populus. China, Kan-su (Cho-ni). Autumn scene on the banks of the Tao Ho. Poplars growing along the stream, northwest of Cho-ni. Elevation: 8,500 ft. Photo by J. F. Rock, Sept. 10, 1926. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] Gelatin silver process on paper.


Paths, fall, Oak Path, 1981 Alternate Title: Oak Path in shadow

October 31, 2013

Oak Path [Title from recto of slide.] 35 mm. slide. Emulsion on polyester.


Ponds, fall, Rehder Pond, 1984

October 24, 2013

Fall View of Ponds & Nyssa sylvatica [Title from recto of slide.] 35 mm. slide.


Ponds, fall, Rehder Pond, 1978

October 17, 2013

A.A. Pond [Title from recto of enclosure.] / pond @ Arnold Arboretum [Title from verso.] 11.5 x 16.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Peking, China – Imperial Gardens

October 10, 2013

Peking - Imperial gardens. Chinese landscape gardening. A beautiful white marble bridge connecting a rock-island with the mainland. In the grounds of the summer palace near Peking. April 10, 1914. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 8.5 x 11 cm. Emulsion on glass.


Fruit of Podophyllum hexandrum Royle at Basong Hu

October 3, 2013

Fruit of Podophyllum hexandrum Royle at Basong Hu


Conifers, summer, 1945

September 26, 2013

Conifers, summer, 1945.


Greenhouses, fall, Dana Greenhouses, Bonsai House, 1983

September 19, 2013

Peter del Tredici standing next to a tree in the Bonsai House


Paths, summer, Oak Path, 1980

September 12, 2013

Paths, summer, Oak Path, 1980


Greenhouses, fall, Arnold Arboretum greenhouses at the Bussey Institution, 1955

September 5, 2013

Propagation Roger Coggeshall, Propagator Wire frame removed from propagating case. [Title from verso.] 11.5 x 16.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Cheng-tu City

August 29, 2013

A main street in the Manchu city, Chengdu Fu, with Sophora japonica in foreground. Alt. 1700 ft. 7-31-1910. E.H. Wilson. [Information from label on slide.] 8 x 10 cm. Emulsion on glass.


Carya cathayensis China

August 22, 2013

Carya cathayensis. Chang hua, Chekiang, China. Natural size. Nuts and leaves of a native Chinese hickory tree. These nuts are much relished as sweetmeats, while they are said to yield as much as 25% of their weight in a clear yellow oil, which is used in fancy pastry and for other fine culinary purposes. Chinese name Shang ho to meaning mountain walnut; there are no real walnuts around there. July 10 1915. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 16.5 x 11.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Horse dressed for the summer horserace festival east of Xiaquka [Xagquka]

August 15, 2013

Horse dressed for the summer horserace festival east of Xiaquka


China (Yunnan)

August 8, 2013

Tibetans encamped near the Peshive plain, 60 Li north of Lichiang. They came from Tachienlu, a distance of 25 days north. N.W. Yunnan, China. Photo by J.F. Rock, June 2, 1922. [Information from label in photograph album.] 10.5 x 16 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Rhododendrons, summer, shrub, ca. 1920

August 1, 2013

Rhododendron [Title from recto and verso of mount.] Inscription: Signed, "Wm. F. Dawson" in the lower right. 27.5 x 35.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Gates, summer, Arborway Gate, ca. 1916

July 25, 2013

Gates, summer, Arborway Gate, ca. 1916 Alternate Title: Decorative ironwork gatepost of the Arborway Gate


Greenhouses, summer, Arboretum greenhouses at the Bussey Institution, 1940

July 18, 2013

Arboretum Greenhouses on Bussey Institution Site, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States 1940


Castanea japonica Japan

July 11, 2013

Castanea japonica, Japan. About 2 1/2 ft. diam. near Fukushima. Photos by J.G. Jack, Sept. 4, 1905. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 14 x 8.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Conifers, summer, junipers, 1899

July 3, 2013

Juniperus group [Title from recto and verso of mount.] / 1 duplicate, 11.6 x 16.5 cm. (not contemporary) / On back of duplicate: One of sites of Indian activity. 12.5 x 17 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Hunnewell Building, summer, climbing hydrangea, 1936

June 27, 2013

Hydrangea petiolaris Habit [Title from card index.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.


Ficus lacor China

June 20, 2013

Ficus lacor Hamilton Wan Hsien, Yangtsze River, China. Height 50 ft. Circumference 15 ft. Head 90 ft. through. [Title from verso of mount.] 15.5 x 20.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.


Tibet (Radja) – The head of a blue sheep

June 13, 2013

Digital image made from negative. / Tibet (Radja). Ho Shui Shan with the head of a blue sheep shot by me at Radja among the hills. Photo by J. F. Rock, July 24, 1926. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 12 x 16.5 cm. (photo), 24 x 30 cm. (board). Gelatin silver process on paper.


Men laden with tea

Men laden with tea

June 6, 2013

Western Szechuan. Men laden with "Brick Tea" for Thibet. One man's load weighs 317 lbs. Avoird. the other's 298 lbs. Avoird.!! Men carry this Tea as far as Tachien-lu accomplishing about 6 miles per day over vile roads. Altitude 5,000 ft. [Information from label in photograph album.] 15.5 x 20.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.


Phyllostachys pubescens, China

May 30, 2013

Phyllostachys pubescens. A lot of bamboo poles just unloaded from a steamer from Shanghai. They belong nearly all to the kind called mao cho, P. pubescens. Tientsin, China. March 27, 1913. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 9.5 x 12.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Salix matsudana China, Chung-pin-cho

May 23, 2013

Salix Matsudana. China, Chung-pin-cho. Common willow of Peking plain, north of Peking, on Peking-Kalgan road. Diameter, 2 ft. Photo by J.G. Jack. October 6, 1905. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 14 x 8.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


China, Kan-su (Cho-ni). Yang T’u-ssu, Prince of Cho-ni.

May 16, 2013

China, Kan-su (Cho-ni). The Prince of Cho-ni, Yang T'u-ssu. Photo by J. F. Rock, April 24, 1925. Diary, vol. II, p. 150. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 16.5 x 12 cm. (photo), 24 x 30 cm. (board). Gelatin silver process on paper.


Lilacs, spring, 1981

May 9, 2013

Lilac Collection AA [Title from recto of slide.] 35 mm.


North Meadow, spring, willows, 1972

May 2, 2013

Salix - Meadow [Title from recto of mount.] / Salix in Meadow [Title from verso of mount.] 25.5 x 18.5 cm. Color photography on paper.


Paths, spring, Hickory Path, 1926

April 25, 2013

Centre Street Path in June [Title from recto of mount.] / Centre Street Path in June. Spiraea nipponica, Deutzia collection and Laburnum Watereri [Title from verso of mount.] 11.5 x 16.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Yaks grazing in previously glaciated saddle between peaks with north side of Daxue Shan in background between Zhongdian and Xiangcheng [Hexi] in the Sichuan-Yunnan border area

April 18, 2013

Yaks grazing in previously glaciated saddle between peaks with north side of Daxue Shan in background between Zhongdian and Xiangcheng [Hexi] in the Sichuan-Yunnan border area


China – Peling Range Ravine

April 11, 2013

China-Peling Range. Ravine leading to Peling range. Photo by Wm. Purdom, 1909-1911. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 15.5 x 10.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Thuja orientalis China, Shansi, (Tsin tze)

April 4, 2013

Thuja orientalis. China, Shansi, (Tsin tze) This is one very famous Chow dynasty thuja. Photo by Joseph Hers, Oct. 1923. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 13.5 x 9 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Gates, spring, Forest Hills Gate, 1940

March 28, 2013

Forest Hills gate entrance Malus micromalus [Title from card index.] 8.5 x 10.5 cm. Emulsion on polyester.


Shot, Changyang Hsien

March 21, 2013

Bag of 52 ordinary pheasants (Phasianus decollatus, David.) with self [Wilson] and boy. Phyllostachys mites Riv. behind. Altitude 4500 ft. [Information from label in photograph album.] 15.5 x 20.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.


China (Yunnan)

March 14, 2013

Chinese view - Two of the San t'ah or three pagodas. Talifu, Yunnan, China. Photo by J.F. Rock, May 4, 1922. [Information from label in photograph album.] 16 x 10.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Snow Scenes, winter, North Meadow, ca. 1980

March 7, 2013

Snow; meadows; deciduous trees. 18 x 16.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Salix urbaniana Japan, Sapparo

February 28, 2013

Salix urbaniana. Japan, Sapporo. Prof. Miyabe standing. Photo by J.G. Jack, August 21, 1905. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 13.5 x 8 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Conifers, winter, skier, snow, 1983

February 21, 2013

Pinetum/snow [Title from recto of slide.] 35 mm. slide.


Pinus parviflora S + Z Japan, Kyoto

February 14, 2013

Pinus parviflora S + Z The famous Ship Pine in the garden of KinKaKuji Temple, Kyoto, Japan. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 9 x 14 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Alnus hirsuta var. sibirica Japan

February 7, 2013

Alnus hirsuta var. sibirica Schneid. Near Hakone, Hondo, Japan. Height 25 ft. Circumference 5 ft. Prunus Lannesiana f. albida Wilson behind. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 15.5 x 20.5 cm. Emulsion on glass.


Juglans mandshurica China

January 31, 2013

Juglans mandshurica. Shing lung shan, Chili Prov., China. Various forms of nuts of a wild walnut, occuring in Manchuria and North China, which grows into a stately tree. The young foliage unfortunately is very sensitive to frosts and the tree has been difficult to grow in th Eastern United States on that account. Chinese name Shan Ho tao, the last meaning mountain walnut. December 4, 1916. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 16.5 x 11.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Dwarf Conifer Collection in the snow with the Larz Anderson Bonsai house and Dana Greenhouses in the background

January 24, 2013

Dwarf Conifers Dana Greenhouse Area [Title from recto of enclosure.] / Dana Greenhouse Area [Title from verso.] 13 x 13 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Muriel in front of a mirror wearing a kimono

January 17, 2013

Muriel in front of a mirror wearing a kimono Tokyo 1914 [Information from verso of photograph.] 14 x 10 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


China, Kan-su (Ankur). Living Buddha of Labrang.

January 11, 2013

Buddha. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Snow Scenes, winter, Lilac Path, 1949

January 3, 2013

Looking up lilac path [Title from recto and verso.] / 4 duplicates, 2 - 11.5 x 16.5 cm; 7.5 x 10 cm.; 19 x 24.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


2012

Ulmus pumila var. pendula China

December 13, 2012

Ulmus pumila var pendula. A very rare form of the drought-resistant Chinese elm, found growing upon an old grave near Fengtai, said to be the only specimen in existence in North China. Fengtai, near Peking, China. March 27, 1908. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 9.5 x 12.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Japan – Lumbering Yoshino

December 6, 2012

Japan - Lumbering. Yoshino. Track and kind of sledge (Kimma) used in getting out timber in Japanese forest, 1904. Photo gift of J.G. Jack, Jan., 1935. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 13 x 18 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.



China – Strong men

November 21, 2012

China. Strong men at August games (Mongol). Photo by Wm. Purdom, 1909-1911. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 12.5 x 19.5 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Mrs. E.H. Wilson, Muriel [Wilson], and Amah. Karasawa, Kyoto, Japan. 1914

November 15, 2012

Alternate Title: Mrs. Wilson in rickshaw with Muriel to left and woman in traditional dress to right. Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) Kyoto, Japan. 1914


Japan – Lumbering [in] Etchu

November 8, 2012

Japan - Lumbering. Etchu The same. Protectors for banks made of bamboo filled with stones. Photo gift of J.G. Jack, Jan., 1935. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 13 x 18 cm. Gelatin silver process on paper.


Phyllostachys sp. China

November 1, 2012

Two men in traditional dress and 3 boys, two of whom are holding bamboo shoots and are in western dress. Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918) Tangqi, Zhejiang Sheng, China April 20, 1908


Tibet (Koko Nor). Lammergeier

October 25, 2012

"After leaving the dunes...we reach a grassy plain...here I spied a huge bird (Lammergeier: Gypaetus barbatus grandis Storr. see birds p. 328) feeding on a cadavar. A well-directed bullet made an end to its existence. I took 3 photos of the bird with spread out wings held by my Moslem soldiers. The wings measured ten feet from tip to tip. The outer part of the eye was a beautiful orange, the iris was a pale drab color and the pupil black." --Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, Diary, 1924-1927, vol. 4, Archives, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Library. / Excerpt from September 27, 1925.


Rehder Pond with tupelos (Nyssa sylvatica) in the background

October 18, 2012

"Nyssa sylvatica Tree in autumn color." [Title from card index.]


Woman in traditional dress with her hair dressed in two long braids.

October 11, 2012

"Tibetan woman from South Peling range, showing method of hair dressing. Photo by William Purdom, 1909-1911." [Information from label on verso of photo mount.]


Red Maple (Acer rubrum ‘Schlesingeri’)in fall color in the North Meadow beside Meadow Road, Arnold Arboretum

October 4, 2012

Red Maple (Acer rubrum 'Schlesingeri') in fall color in the North Meadow beside Meadow Road, Arnold Arboretum. (Emulsion on glass).


Cymbidium sinensis Tientsin, China

September 27, 2012

Cymbidium sinensis Tientsin, China. Cylindrical baskets with openwork tops.


Natives Listening to a Phonograph

September 18, 2012

"A mob in front of my inn at the village of Ch'ing-shui, between Kai-chow and Min-chow, listening to my phonograph." [Information from label on verso of photo mount.]


E. H. Wilson with Reformed Headhunters and Armed Policemen

August 20, 2012

E. H. Wilson (front row, center) with reformed headhunters and armed policemen in the mountains of Formosa, 1918. From the Arboretum Library's Eastern Asian Historical Photograph Collections. (Emulsion on glass.)