Eminent panicle hydrangeas

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
July 15, 2019

Eminent panicle hydrangeas

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There are certain times of the year when the Arnold Arboretum must be inhaled to round out the full experience. Right now, different parts of the Arboretum are dominated by aromatic compounds volatilizing from the flowers of linden trees (Tilia spp.) and the magnificent panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata). With temperatures high and the sun intense, […]

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13 reasons to visit the Arnold Arboretum today (or very very soon)

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
May 8, 2017

13 reasons to visit the Arnold Arboretum today (or very very soon)

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Rays of sunshine will appear. Mountain witch alder is in peak flower and extremely fragrant (Fothergilla major 23195*A). Note, these flowers lack petals – you are mostly looking at pollen-producing stamens. Young catalpa leaves are still deep red and emerging from their winter buds (Catalpa fargesii 394-2009*B). Nikko fir pollen cones are yellow – tap […]

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Notes on late-hanging crabapples

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
December 21, 2015

Notes on late-hanging crabapples

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Sooty blotch and fly speck – sounds bad, doesn’t it? While supermarkets encourage the worship of seemingly “perfect” blemish-free apples, the “imperfect” are often far more interesting. Weird shapes, surficial scars, and even a coating of fungi may have little or no effect on flavor. Recently, I have been enjoying the late-hanging fruits, in their […]

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Arboretum hosts open house for educators

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
September 14, 2015

Arboretum hosts open house for educators

Arboretum for Educators Open House

Educators from Boston Public Schools came together on Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12 for an open house at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, an event highlighting the Arboretum as a unique resource for outdoor learning. Classroom teachers (K-12), along with science specialists, learned about the Arboretum’s Field Study Programs through activities and […]

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A Wealth of Roses

by Nancy Rose
July 7, 2015

Spring planting underway in the Arboretum landscape

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
April 29, 2013

Spring planting underway in the Arboretum landscape

Though spring seemed to get a bit of a late start in Boston this year, spring planting is already well underway at the Arnold Arboretum. Staff horticulturists are adding many trees, shrubs, and vines from our nurseries to their new locations in the landscape. This season’s additions to the living collection—including about 75 individual trees—represent […]

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