Plant: Exploring the Botanical World

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
February 27, 2018

Plant: Exploring the Botanical World

Plant: Exploring the Botanical World

Plant: Exploring the Botanical World Conceived and edited by Phaidon editors The ultimate gift for gardeners and art-lovers, featuring 300 of the most beautiful and pioneering botanical images ever. Following in the footsteps of the international bestseller Map: Exploring the World, this fresh and visually stunning survey celebrates the extraordinary beauty and diversity of plants. […]

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Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
December 15, 2017

Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes

Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes

Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes Over time, with industrialization and urban sprawl, we have driven nature out of our neighborhoods and cities. But we can invite it back by designing landscapes that look and function more like they do in the wild: robust, diverse, and visually harmonious. Planting in […]

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Roy Lancaster: My Life with Plants

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 14, 2017

Tracing the Evolution of Form and Function

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
August 11, 2017

Tracing the Evolution of Form and Function

Viewing wood anatomy

As a pioneering botanical institution with nearly 150 years of observed data on plants and their development, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University has long championed the study of the formal attributes that distinguish plant species from one another. With an advanced center for plant research now within sight of the collections at Weld Hill, […]

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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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Magnolia flowers fall apart beautifully

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
July 19, 2017

Magnolia flowers fall apart beautifully

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Things fall apart. That is the essence of a plant. I don’t mean the kind of falling apart of decay, but rather, the wonderful falling apart of the regular shedding of plant organs after they have served their given tasks. Bud scales after bud burst in the spring, petals after a flower is pollinated, leaves in […]

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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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Remembering Wilson the explorer in China

by Lisa Pearson, Head of Library and Archives
June 12, 2017

Old is new again: Meet the new James Arnold Mansion

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
May 3, 2017

Old is new again: Meet the new James Arnold Mansion

James Arnold Mansion

The Restoration of the James Arnold Mansion James Arnold (1781-1868), in whose honor our institution and grounds are named, was a successful whaling merchant who made a generous bequest to be used for “…the promotion of Agricultural, or Horticultural improvements.” During early 1872, Harvard College combined Arnold’s gift with 123 acres of land donated by […]

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Magnolia madness in April

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
April 19, 2017

Magnolia madness in April

Magnolia flower

Magnolia trees surrounding the Hunnewell Building at the Arnold Arboretum unleash their flowering with shameless abandon throughout the month of April—and why not? This ancient family of deciduous trees is easy to fall in love with, if not for their fragrance then their variety—they subdivide into hundreds of cultivars and hybrids, and their colors vary […]

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