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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.

Alfred Rehder, the Bradley Bibliography and BHL, oh my!

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, September 30, 2013

Alfred Rehder, the Bradley Bibliography and BHL, oh my!

On September 4, 2013, we celebrated the 150th birthday of renowned Arnold Arboretum taxonomist Alfred Rehder (1863-1949). Born and educated in Germany, Rehder joined the staff in 1898, and was soon put to work on the gargantuan assignment of compiling what grew to be a five-volume, 3789-page bibliography of books and articles about woody plants […]

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Trees and their Biographies, part three

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, September 16, 2013

Trees and their Biographies, part two

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, September 4, 2013

Trees and their Biographies, part two

E.H. Wilson and North American Trees, Elms In the previous blog post about trees and their biographies, I wrote about how English plant collector and photographer Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) sometimes gave trees human attributes, using language that personified them and telling their stories in his photographs and books. This happens to an even greater […]

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Trees and their Biographies, part one

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, August 14, 2013

Trees and their Biographies, part one

Plants, trees, and flowers seem to have their own biographical histories at times, which humanize and personify them. Trees can be symbols of generation, and many cultures draw analogies between human bodies and trees. For example, in modern-day Nusa Penida, an island southeast of Bali, the coconut is thought to have “five recognized stages of […]

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Ernest Wilson's New England Trees

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, July 10, 2013

Ernest Wilson’s New England Trees

We are currently in the midst of a project to digitize a selection of glass plate negatives of photographs taken by Ernest H. Wilson, distinguished Arboretum plant collector of the early twentieth century. Like his famous photographs taken in eastern Asia, these are often stunning images of magnificent trees. This time, however, we are treated […]

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2013 Annual Meeting of CBHL

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, May 28, 2013

2013 Annual Meeting of CBHL

The 2013 Annual Meeting of The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (CBHL) took place May 6-11 at the Michigan State University Library in East Lansing, Michigan. This year’s theme was “A Study in Green: Horticultural and Botanical Educations for All Ages.” Hosted by MSU Agriculture and Forestry Librarian Suzi Teghtmeyer, this meeting promised to […]

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Agave palmeri at Fort Huachuca

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, April 24, 2013

Meet John Jack in our Visitor Center

by Arnold Arboretum Staff, March 27, 2013

Meet John Jack in our Visitor Center

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As part of recent improvements in the Hunnewell Building Visitor Center, the library will now mount temporary exhibits in two new display cases. We are excited to showcase our archival holdings and celebrate the history of the Arnold Arboretum and botanical education. In the Visitor Center reading area, we also feature a rotating selection of […]

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