A Mission Born and Sustained by Philanthropy

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
June 12, 2018

A Mission Born and Sustained by Philanthropy

DigDeeper Philanthropy

The Arnold Arboretum is a public-private partnership of the City of Boston and Harvard University, but derives all funding from past and present philanthropy. Founded through the bequests of farmer Benjamin Bussey and whaling merchant James Arnold, the Arboretum blossomed through important contributions like the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection and the extensive book collections of […]

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Learn Botanical Illustration at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
September 1, 2017

Learn Botanical Illustration at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

Creighton Educational Garden

Learn Botanical Illustration at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens The Wellesley College Botanic Gardens feature over 1,500 different taxa from more than 150 different plant families. The 22 acre park includes the Alexandra Botanic Garden (mostly woody specimens), The Bog Garden (established in 2011), The H. H. Hunnewell Arboretum (named after Horatio Hollis Hunnewell, after whom […]

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Chris Howkins, Heathlands, and the Natural History of Britain

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 11, 2017

Chris Howkins, Heathlands, and the Natural History of Britain

Gorse, Broom, and Heathlands

In addition to our archives, photographs, rare floras, and journals, the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library holds a variety of natural history monographs, including plant lore. Plant lore is a cultural and mythological study, which examines the historical human relationship with its natural habitat, which is a central tenet of the human-plant connection. The utility of […]

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Legacies and New Directions in Mapping

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
August 1, 2017

Legacies and New Directions in Mapping

From the original Frederick Law Olmsted paper map imagining “Harvard’s Arboretum” to advanced satellite navigation systems that track our landscape on your desktop or mobile device, mapping is fundamental to documenting our 281-acre landscape and plant collections. Historical maps depict the development of the Arboretum and trace landmark expeditions in Asia. A grid map of […]

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Maps tell a story

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 1, 2017