A Global Resource for Information About Plants

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
May 31, 2019

A Global Resource for Information About Plants

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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 Thorny Obsession

by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
May 28, 2019

A Thorny Obsession

Please don’t ask me to identify a hawthorn—or rather to distinguish one from another. As a bookwormish horticulture student, memorizing leaf shapes and bud characteristics for plant identification exams, I learned only the basics. In a house yard in the Midwest, I would feel confident saying that a hawthorn with layered horizontal branches and tear-shaped […]

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Bussey Brook, spring, women, 1975

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
May 21, 2019

Bussey Brook, spring, women, 1975

Bussey Brook, spring, women, 1975

Bussey Brook, spring, women, 1975 [Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Three women seated on the banks of Bussey Brook Photograph by Pamela Bruns, American Bussey Brook, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States 1975 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS Images. The 24 acres that make up Bussey Brook […]

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Spruce cone colors at peak

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
May 18, 2019

Jack Alexander, Bob Cook, Edith ‘Nod’ Meyer at Volunteers Luncheon, 2005

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
May 16, 2019

Jack Alexander, Bob Cook, Edith ‘Nod’ Meyer at Volunteers Luncheon, 2005

Jack Alexander, Bob Cook, Nod Meyer 2005

Jack Alexander, Bob Cook, Edith ‘Nod’ Meyer at Volunteers Luncheon, 2005 Photographer unknown Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States November 2005 Volunteers and docents have been a vital part of the Arnold Arboretum since the official implementation of our Volunteer Program in 1972, our centennial year. Benefits of these opportunities–open to everyone–include library borrowing […]

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Songwriter carries more than one tune

by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist
May 14, 2019

Magnolia macrophylla

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
May 13, 2019

Magnolia macrophylla

Magnolia macrophylla ssp. macrophylla 961-89*A

In a living collection comprising thousands of distinctive plants from around the world, bigleaf magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla) makes quite a big impression. Living up to its common and scientific names (“macrophylla” literally means “big leaf” in Latin), bigleaf magnolia bears the largest simple leaf (up to 30 inches long) and flowers (up to a foot […]

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Syringa vulgaris ‘Krasavitza Mosky’ Arnold Arboretum, 1989

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
May 7, 2019

Syringa vulgaris ‘Krasavitza Mosky’ Arnold Arboretum, 1989

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Syringa vulgaris ‘Krasavitza Mosky’ Arnold Arboretum, 1989 Photograph by István Racz and Zsolt Debreczy (n.d.), Hungary Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States May 25, 1989 As we prepare to celebrate Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum on Sunday, May 12, 2019, we are happy to feature classic and contemporary images of our Lilac Collection […]

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Sponsor solar power at the Arboretum

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
May 6, 2019

Portrait of Charles Sprague Sargent, J. E. Purdy & Co.

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
May 1, 2019

Portrait of Charles Sprague Sargent, J. E. Purdy & Co.

Charles Sprague Sargent

Charles Sprague Sargent Photograph by J. E. Purdy & Co., n.d. A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS Images. The Arnold Arboretum did not come into existence full-formed, but had a long adolescence before it (literally) blossomed at 50. Our founding director, Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927), prepared a 50-year report in 1922, […]

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