A season of learning and growth

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
December 5, 2019

A season of learning and growth

Children examine fungi

“I can’t believe we learned so much in just a few minutes!” —Elementary school student visiting the Arboretum This fall, the Field Study Experiences at the Arnold Arboretum—our educational outreach programming for pre-school and elementary school students—expanded in all domains: more new guides, more new Boston Public School classrooms participating in the programs, and more […]

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Snow Scenes, winter, larches, 1977

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
November 21, 2019

Snow Scenes, winter, larches, 1977

Larch (Larix) Collection in the snow

Snow Scenes, winter, larches, 1977 Alternate Title: Larch (Larix) Collection in the snow Photograph by Pamela Bruns Larch Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States 1977 A larger version of this image is available in Hollis Images. Highlights of golden autumn splendor in the Living Collections include the Larch (Larix) collection, and many of […]

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Fall groundwork

by Jonathan Damery, Editor of Arnoldia
October 31, 2019

Fall feasting

by Jonathan Damery, 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, Gardener
November 20, 2017

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