A conversation with our plant explorers

by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist
November 26, 2018

A conversation with our plant explorers

Tiffany preparing a herbarium voucher of Carya texana

Plant collecting is part of the foundational history for the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Founded in 1872 by Charles Sprague Sargent in collaboration with landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted, expeditions around the world have resulted in a woody plant living collection containing more than 16,000 holdings. The Arboretum’s inventory includes representation from the Far […]

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Post from the Field – September 17, 2016

by Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections
September 21, 2016

Post from the Field – September 17, 2016

MDbetula-albosinensis

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University has launched a 10-year initiative to expand and refine our collections of living plants–The Campaign for the Living Collections. This cross-institutional effort focused on plant exploration, collection, and production aims to enhance the Arboretum’s resources for research and conservation. Currently, Curator of Living Collections Michael Dosmann and colleagues from the […]

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Field collecting in northern Idaho

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
September 3, 2015

Field collecting in northern Idaho

To populate the Living Collections with plants sourced from the wild (a key attribute for research and conservation value), the Arnold Arboretum participates in collecting trips both domestically and internationally. Gathered from state parks, national forests, and occasionally under agreement on private lands, collected seeds are sent back to the Arboretum to be propagated and […]

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Arboretum launches 10-year campaign for collections development

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
September 2, 2015

Arboretum launches 10-year campaign for collections development

North Idaho Expedition - collecting Salix exigua along Priest River

Extinction is forever. The mounting effects of a changing climate and the alteration of environments due to human activities threaten the survival of roughly one out of every three plant species in the world. As habitats change and as organisms disappear worldwide, institutional efforts to discover, study, and preserve plants is not only instructive and […]

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