Fall groundwork

by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
October 31, 2019

Fall feasting

by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
October 1, 2018

Some wonderful moments at the Arnold Arboretum in 2017

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
January 1, 2018

Some wonderful moments at the Arnold Arboretum in 2017

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2017 has been a magnificent year at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. The trees, shrubs, and lianas dazzled, but of course, not in exactly the same way as in 2016, or for that matter, any other year since the dawn of time. To begin 2018, I share 12 moments from my wanderings in the […]

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Why do white oak species germinate in the fall?

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
November 20, 2017

Why do white oak species germinate in the fall?

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Over the past few weeks, I have been repeatedly drawn to the North American oak collection on the southwest flank of Bussey Hill. There is something truly grand about this cathedral-like space, with soaring trunks and arched canopies meeting to create a magnificent vaulted ceiling overhead. You enter this architectural and botanical space and are set […]

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Native Plants and the Crazy Snake Worm

by Brendan Keegan, Landscape Crew Gardener
November 20, 2017

Native Plants and the Crazy Snake Worm

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Last week, I came across several “crazy snake worms” happily wriggling through fallen leaves in the landscape. This was surprising, since the adults are usually gone by this point in the season, killed by hard autumn frost and survived only by their overwintering eggs. However, the unseasonably warm weather this year has prolonged the life […]

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In Conversation With Hope Jahren

by Meghana Srinivasan
November 8, 2017

Stop and smell the ginkgo seeds

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
November 4, 2017

Stop and smell the ginkgo seeds

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When I look at these pictures, I can practically smell them! And my hope is that you will take my advice and go smell for yourself. Because, no one can be said to truly know the ginkgo without experiencing the aroma of the seeds right about now. Ginkgo biloba is dioecious, with separate seed-bearing trees and […]

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Forest Bathing at the Arnold Arboretum

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
October 31, 2017

Into the Hills: An Expedition into the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri

by Robert Dowell (Living Collections Fellow) and Kea Woodruff (Plant Growth Facilities Manager)
October 10, 2017

Into the Hills: An Expedition into the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri

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During the last week of September, an Arboretum plant collecting team including Living Collections Fellow Robert Dowell and Weld Hill Growth Facilities Manager Kea Woodruff ventured through the diverse Ozark landscapes of Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri to secure living plant material for The Campaign for the Living Collections. Highlights of this trip included visiting […]

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Shadows and highlights in the Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
November 19, 2016

Shadows and highlights in the Arboretum

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This week has offered spectacular blue skies to witness fall colors interacting with the low angle of the sun in the mornings and late afternoons. The near mythical golds of the hickories (bottom right; Carya glabra, the pignut hickory; 23166*A), larches (bottom left; Larix decidua var. polonica, the Polish larch, a red-listed taxon native only to […]

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