Notes from the field – a Japanese maple in May

by Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections
June 10, 2019

Notes from the field – a Japanese maple in May

Several mature Acer pycnanthum (left side) growing among other broadleaved trees in Sendanbayashi – note the grayish-green leaves

Most of the temperate trees and shrubs that grow in the Arnold Arboretum’s living collections ripen their fruits in late summer or autumn. As a result, expeditions to wild places to collect seed take place around the same time. Unfortunately, this means our collections may lack species whose fruits are ripe for the picking much […]

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Hydrangea at Basong Hu, China, 2000

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
March 28, 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

Horticulture-Dig-Deeper

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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Cultivating a wider role for female scientists

by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist
November 28, 2018

A conversation with our plant explorers

by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist
November 26, 2018

A conversation with our plant explorers

Tiffany preparing a herbarium voucher of Carya texana

Plant collecting is part of the foundational history for the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Founded in 1872 by Charles Sprague Sargent in collaboration with landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted, expeditions around the world have resulted in a woody plant living collection containing more than 16,000 holdings. The Arboretum’s inventory includes representation from the Far […]

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A Continuing Legacy of Conserving Plants

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
October 25, 2018

A Continuing Legacy of Conserving Plants

Conservation at the Arnold Arboretum

Dedicated to stewardship and discovery, the Arnold Arboretum advances conservation programs as a priority. Founding Director Charles Sprague Sargent set the stage as author of the Forestry Census of 1884, a groundbreaking document in the formation of US conservation policy. Sargent also initiated the Arboretum’s pioneering work in plant exploration, extending global reach to our […]

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Return to the Ozarks

by Tiffany Enzenbacher, Manager of Plant Production, and Kea Woodruff, Plant Growth Facilities Manager
October 15, 2018

Return to the Ozarks

Kea harvesting water hickory nuts

We have just returned from the field, having completed the final 2018 expedition for the Campaign for the Living Collections. With still over a dozen taxa native to the western South on the Campaign target list, we followed in the footsteps of the 2017 Arkansas-Missouri Expedition (with Arboretum participants Robert Dowell, former Living Collections Fellow, […]

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Notes from the field: The return to Japan

by Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections, and Steve Schneider, Manager of Operations
September 20, 2018

Notes from the field: The return to Japan

The leaves and friable soil slipped beneath us as we climbed—hand over hand—up the slope, careful not to send more boulders ricocheting down the hillside. Luckily, our team was spread out in a near horizontal line, all wearing safety helmets in case more wayward rocks came tumbling down (they did). The bullseye above us was […]

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From Fourth of July to Icicle Ridge

by Kyle Port, Manager of Plant Records and Terry Huang, Living Collections Fellow
September 7, 2018

From Fourth of July to Icicle Ridge

Stuart Range

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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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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