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Library Leaves is published online by the staff of the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library. In keeping with our mission to educate, support the study of the Arboretum and living collections, and share botanical knowledge, this blog will offer a closer look at our unique collections, upcoming events, and ongoing projects. Keep reading and continue to visit us online and in person! Follow us on Twitter, @AAhortlib.

Photographs from Nature by Arthur Irving Emerson

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, June 24, 2014

Photographs from Nature by Arthur Irving Emerson

Arthur Irving Emerson

Our Trees: How to Know Them, was originally printed in 1905 as a guide to native trees in America by the naturalist and instructor Clarence Moores Weed (1864-1947). His descriptions of each species are written in non-technical language, clearly with the amateur arborist or those with horticultural hobbies in mind. But what truly draws the […]

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It's lilac time again!

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, April 22, 2014

Galen Clark and the Mariposa Grove

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, March 31, 2014

Ernest Henry Wilson and the Cherry Blossoms of Japan

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, March 10, 2014

Ernest Henry Wilson, Yakushima, and the Wilson stump

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, February 5, 2014

Embedded Herbarium Specimens in the Library

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, January 15, 2014

Embedded Herbarium Specimens in the Library

In addition to the many thousands of specimens collected in the Cultivated Herbarium, The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library maintains a herbarium collection of its own! 288 dried specimens, encased in hard plastic, span a huge range of taxa collected from our grounds. Leaves and twigs, seeds and pods, cones and stems, these three-dimensional objects offer […]

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Chestnuts - Celebrating Castanea, part two

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, December 18, 2013

Chestnuts – Celebrating Castanea, part two

Castanea mollissima

In our last post we learned about the chestnut and its great value for food and timber. This time around we’ll see what happens to a species, in this case the American chestnut (Castanea dentata), in the face of introduced disease. Chestnut Blight and the Pennsylvania Chestnut Tree Blight Commission Chestnut bark blight fungus (Cryphonectria […]

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Chestnuts - Celebrating Castanea, part one

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, December 10, 2013

The Yokohama Nursery Company: Japanese Plants for Western Buyers

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, October 31, 2013

The Yokohama Nursery Company: Japanese Plants for Western Buyers

Interior illustration from a Yokohama Nursery Company catalog

In 2013 we are celebrating the centennial of the US arrival of the Larz Anderson Collection of Bonsai with lectures, exhibits, and a very special display of eight of the plants at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. In 1913, Larz and Isabel Anderson purchased the majority of their collection, about forty plants, from […]

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The Gendered History of the Arnold Arboretum

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, October 22, 2013

The Gendered History of the Arnold Arboretum

Dr Hu at Harvard 1987

Displays in the Visitor Center at the Arnold Arboretum read like a historical timeline of distinguished men who made the institution what it is today. Portraits of figures such as the Arboretum’s Founding Director, Charles Sprague Sargent, and the famous collector of East Asian and North American plants, E. H. Wilson, grace the walls alongside […]

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