The umbrellas of Jamaica Plain

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

The umbrellas of Jamaica Plain

Sciadopitys verticillata 503-70*C

In 1861, Dr. George Rogers Hall of Rhode Island sent the first shipment of living plants from Japan to New England. Consigned to Harvard historian and horticulturist Francis Parkman, the plants were cultivated with great success in his garden in Jamaica Plain. Hall returned from Yokohama a year later, bringing more plants with him. Some […]

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In the Pines

by Nancy Rose, Editor of Arnoldia
January 17, 2018

In the Pines

pinetum [noun]: a plantation of pine trees; especially: a scientific collection of living coniferous trees The section of the Arboretum roughly west of Valley Road and north of Hemlock Hill Road is known as the Conifer Collection; it holds many accessions of conifers including pines (Pinus), spruces (Picea), firs (Abies), junipers (Juniperus), yews (Taxus), and […]

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Greenhouses, summer, 1090 Centre Street, 1895

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
July 20, 2017

Greenhouses, summer, 1090 Centre Street, 1895

Greenhouses, summer, 1090 Centre Street, ca. 1895

Greenhouses, summer, 1090 Centre Street, ca. 1895 Alternate Title: 1090 Centre Street nursery looking towards Bussey Hill 1090 Centre Street, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States ca. 1895 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Hollis+ catalog. Jackson Dawson (1841-1916), our first superintendent and propagator, had previously built a “tiny […]

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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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Caring for the splendor of Rhododendron Dell

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
May 22, 2017

Caring for the splendor of Rhododendron Dell

Rhododendron 'King Tut'

Rhododendrons are inextricably linked to the history of our landscape. Horticulturalists had endeavored to hybridize these colorful flowering shrubs for northern and western gardens for well-over a hundred years, and they have proved worth the effort because of their evergreen variety and beauty in the landscape. Starting in the mid-1880s, Arboretum staff methodically evaluated these […]

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Hamamelis intermedia, Arnold Promise, 1991

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
April 6, 2017

Hamamelis intermedia, Arnold Promise, 1991

Hamamelis intermedia, Arnold Promise, 1991

Hamamelis intermedia, Arnold Promise, 1991 Photograph by István Racz and Zsolt Debreczy (n.d.), Hungary Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States March 17, 1991 István Racz and Zsolt Debreczy are world-renowned denrologists with a long and storied association with Arnold Arboretum. They are authors of Conifers around the world : conifers of the temperate zones […]

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Japan – Forestry Ogawa Forest, Kiso, 1905

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
February 23, 2017

Japan – Forestry Ogawa Forest, Kiso, 1905

Stand of trees on a slope

Japan – Forestry Ogawa Forest, Kiso [Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Stand of trees on a slope Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949, American, Canadian) Kiso, Nagano, Japan September 5, 1905 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS, the online catalog of Harvard Library. In April 1886, John George Jack […]

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Witch-hazels in winter (Part 2)

by Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture
March 9, 2016

Witch-hazels in winter (Part 2)

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena'

With several specimens in hearty bloom now, the Arboretum’s witch-hazel collection includes some of the most diverse and fascinating plants in our winter and early spring landscape. In Part 1 of this series, Horticulture Manager Andrew Gapinksi offered an introduction to the genus, as well details on some standout specimens. Keep reading for more recommendations […]

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Flowering vegetation in the North Meadow with willows and Dawn Redwood, 1970

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
February 11, 2016

Flowering vegetation in the North Meadow with willows and Dawn Redwood, 1970

Dawn Redwood, 1970

North Meadow, spring, willows, Dawn Redwood, 1970 Alternate Title: Flowering vegetation in the North Meadow with willows (Salix) and Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) in the background Photograph by Pamela Bruns (American) North Meadow, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States 1970 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog. The […]

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Dana Greenhouses in Winter, 1980 by Jack Alexander

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
February 4, 2016

Dana Greenhouses in Winter, 1980 by Jack Alexander

Dana Greenhouses

Greenhouses, winter, Dana Greenhouses, 1980 Alternate Title: Greenhouses and headhouse Photograph by John H. Alexander (American) Dana Greenhouses, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States February 1980 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog. John “Jack” Herbert Alexander III is Plant Propagator at the Dana Greenhouses, Arnold Arboretum. Jack […]

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