Yellowroot mystery

by Jonathan Damery
April 26, 2018

Cultivating America’s Gardens at Smithsonian

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 1, 2017

Cultivating America’s Gardens at Smithsonian

Trade card, Rice's Seeds, Cambridge, New York, 1887

Cultivating America’s Gardens A Smithsonian Libraries, Smithsonian Gardens and Archives of American Gardens exhibition Visit the exhibit through August 2017 Americans have been making gardens forever, constantly innovating and experimenting as they work the soil. Amateurs and professionals, young and old, schoolchildren and scientists — Americans of every sort have put their backs into gardening. […]

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A Global Resource for Information About Plants

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
July 12, 2017

A Global Resource for Information About Plants

The Arnold Arboretum serves humanity as a premier destination for deepening understanding and appreciation of the plant kingdom. The Horticultural Library contributes significantly to this mission, stewarding a research collection of some 25,000 volumes on botany, horticulture, urban forestry, and more. The Library also houses the Arnold Arboretum Archives, which preserves and shares the Arboretum’s […]

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A Short History of the Seed & Nursery Catalogue in Europe and the U.S.

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
June 5, 2017

A Short History of the Seed & Nursery Catalogue in Europe and the U.S.

Catalogue of Vegetable Seeds. 1850.

A Short History of the Seed & Nursery Catalogue in Europe and the U.S. Presented by Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Oregon State University Libraries. The OSU Seed and Nursery Trade catalogue collection contains over 2,000 items from 1832 to 1966. While the collection is most comprehensive in its representation of American catalogues from […]

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New book explores the history of the Arnold Arboretum in photographs

by Meghana Srinivasan, Marketing and Communications Specialist
March 24, 2016

New book explores the history of the Arnold Arboretum in photographs

LisaBookCover

On Monday, March 21, Arcadia Publishers released the latest volume in their long-running Images of America series—Arnold Arboretum by Lisa Pearson. The 128-page book features nearly 200 historical black and white images that tell the story of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in Boston, from its days as the colonial era estate of Benjamin […]

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Simmons Interns In The Archives

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
January 20, 2016

Simmons Interns In The Archives

Lilac Sunday collection

For many years, the library has been very lucky to have a number of Simmons students from the School of Library and Information Sciences come intern with us. Students are placed at the Arboretum through their introductory archive classes, where they must finish a number of hours to receive course credit. Multiple projects have been […]

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Project ARCC: archivists responding to climate change

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
December 16, 2015

Project ARCC: archivists responding to climate change

Project ARCC logo

Project ARCC Founded on Earth Day in 2015, Project ARCC is a task force of archivists striving to motivate the archival community to affect climate change. The collective believes that archivists, those responsible for the preservation of history for future generations, should be as passionate and concerned about preserving a habitable and safe planet. Their […]

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Massachusetts Horticultural Society and The Digital Commonwealth

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
November 30, 2015

Massachusetts Horticultural Society and The Digital Commonwealth

Rhododendron giganteum

Massachusetts Horticultural Society shares its collection of Botanical Prints through the Digital Commonwealth The Botanical Print Collection of The Massachusetts Horticultural Society Library, comprising of over 1,000 botanical illustrations, has been digitized and can now be viewed online at Digital Commonwealth. With prints dating from 1620 to 1969, this project captures more than three centuries […]

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Meet Joseph Rock in our Visitor Center

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
April 7, 2015

Meet Joseph Rock in our Visitor Center

Joseph Rock on horseback

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 […]

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