Giant resin bees, finding old friends in a New World

by Brendan Keegan, Landscape Crew Gardener
August 14, 2019

Giant resin bees, finding old friends in a New World

Female giant resin bee (Megachile sculptura)

Although most of our trees have long since bloomed, Tetradium danielli is currently exploding in color. Its multitude of beautiful white flowers in turn attract thousands of bees, explaining its common name, the “bee-bee tree.” Since Tetradium danielli is native to east Asia, the majority of the North American bees discovered its sweet nectar relatively […]

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Enhancing our urban ecosystem

by Andrew Gapinski, Head of Horticulture, and Brendan Keegan, Arboretum Gardener I
March 29, 2019

Enhancing our urban ecosystem

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By Andrew Gapinski, Head of Horticulture, and Brendan Keegan, Arboretum Gardener I   At the Arnold Arboretum, we continuously strive to increase the health of our plant collections, improve the aesthetics of our landscape, and support and enhance ecosystem health across our 281 acres of urban greenspace. We do this by thinking critically about landscape […]

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A growing role as a living lab

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
January 17, 2019

Stewarding an Extraordinary Landscape and Living Collection

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
December 5, 2018

Stewarding an Extraordinary Landscape and Living Collection

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The Living Collections of the Arnold Arboretum represent an unparalleled resource for appreciating and understanding our natural world. Our Collections Campaign is a 10-year initiative to expand and enhance the collections as global change poses serious threats to biodiversity. Beyond annual expeditions to collect and preserve germplasm for study and conservation, staff have also focused […]

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Fields flooded from overnight rains at Daocheng [Rubu], 1998

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
September 14, 2018

Fields flooded from overnight rains at Daocheng [Rubu], 1998

Fields flooded from overnight rains at Daocheng [Rubu], 1998

Fields flooded from overnight rains at Daocheng [Rubu], 1998 Photograph by David E. Boufford, (1941- ) Rubu, Daocheng Xian, Sichuan Sheng, China July 6, 1998 A larger version of this image is available in Hollis Images. David Boufford is a Senior Research Scientist at Harvard University Herbaria, a visiting scientist at the Arnold Arboretum, and […]

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Collecting in Rouge River-Siskiyou and the Klamath National Forests

by Kyle Port, Manager of Plant Records and Terry Huang, Living Collections Fellow
September 5, 2018

Collecting in Rouge River-Siskiyou and the Klamath National Forests

Kyle Port collects Viburnum ellipticum

The Campaign for the Living Collections is an ambitious, 10-year initiative of plant exploration, propagation, and collections development—a major effort to increase and diversify the living collection of the Arnold Arboretum. For the duration of the Campaign, the Arboretum is mounting four to five collecting expeditions each fall, both in temperate habitats in North America […]

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Where Biodiversity Blooms—The Survival of Sicilian Wildflowers

by Guest Writer: Mary Taylor Simeti
April 28, 2017

Where Biodiversity Blooms—The Survival of Sicilian Wildflowers

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Sicily, the biggest of the Mediterranean islands, boasts over 3000 different wildflowers that grow on its shores. The exuberant island wildflowers create explosions of form and color that have long astonished and inspired visitors from northern climes to come to admire the island’s flora–historical diaries and letters from visitors to the island are full of […]

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Arboretum Values: Collect, Share, Study, Steward

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
December 12, 2016

Arboretum Values: Collect, Share, Study, Steward

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As all of you who graciously read my Posts know, I truly love the Arnold Arboretum. It is a deeply important part of my life. That said, we are living in unsettling times, and I have been thinking hard about the interrelated questions, “what does the Arnold Arboretum stand for, and what does it mean to the […]

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Post from the Field – September 17, 2016

by Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections
September 21, 2016

Post from the Field – September 17, 2016

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The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University has launched a 10-year initiative to expand and refine our collections of living plants–The Campaign for the Living Collections. This cross-institutional effort focused on plant exploration, collection, and production aims to enhance the Arboretum’s resources for research and conservation. Currently, Curator of Living Collections Michael Dosmann and colleagues from the […]

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Post from the road – 11,500 feet up in China

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
September 15, 2016

Post from the road – 11,500 feet up in China

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I write from the airport near Songpan China, in the north of Sichuan Province. I was supposed to head out first thing this morning so that I could teach tomorrow, but the extreme fog hugging the mountain tops and airport laid waste to those plans. Tonight, with a bit of luck, I will make my […]

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