Botanizing in the “Mother of Gardens”

by Meghana Srinivasan, Marketing and Communications Specialist
January 10, 2018

Botanizing in the “Mother of Gardens”

China Expedition 2017_Jonathan Shaw

With three to four times the botanical diversity of North America, China is a hotspot in our search for rare and unusual plants. Last September, the Arboretum joined a two-week expedition in Sichuan with the North America-China Plant Exploration Consortium (NACPEC). Harvard Magazine’s Jonathan Shaw shares the compelling story of the team’s journey, unforeseen challenges, […]

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The Arnold Arboretum Collector’s Tool Kit: A new resource for expedition collectors

by Meghana Srinivasan, Marketing and Communications Specialist
December 19, 2017

The Arnold Arboretum Collector’s Tool Kit: A new resource for expedition collectors

Expedition toolkit_pages

As The Campaign for the Living Collections sources new, rare, and endangered plant material for the Arnold Arboretum Living Collections, it also generates new knowledge and best practices for conducting expeditions. To document this information and share it with the botanical garden community, the Arboretum has created a Expedition Tool Kit [pdf] which will serve […]

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A Continuing Legacy of Conserving Plants

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
November 9, 2017

A Continuing Legacy of Conserving Plants

Conservation at the Arnold Arboretum

Dedicated to stewardship and discovery, the Arnold Arboretum advances conservation programs as an institutional 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 […]

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Collaborating in the Coastal Southeast: A Multi-Institution Expedition along the Coasts of North and South Carolina

by Jenna Zukswert, Living Collections Fellow and Sean Halloran, Plant Propagator
October 31, 2017

Collaborating in the Coastal Southeast: A Multi-Institution Expedition along the Coasts of North and South Carolina

COSE Team Members 2017

The Arnold Arboretum is currently in the midst of a Campaign for the Living Collections, an ambitious effort to increase and diversify our living collections in the landscape. We, however, are not alone in aiming to enhance our temperate woody plant collections. As we learned in October, collaborations with other public gardens that are also […]

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Pioneering Plant Exploration Across the Globe

by Meghana Srinivasan, Marketing and Communications Specialist
October 23, 2017

Pioneering Plant Exploration Across the Globe

Dig Deeper Exploration

Through nearly 150 years of plant exploration, the Arnold Arboretum has assembled its world-renowned Living Collections. Responding to global change and habitat destruction, the Arboretum is building on its historical legacy by accelerating efforts to collect, preserve, and study biodiversity through the Campaign for the Living Collections. This autumn, Arboretum staff and associates retraced the […]

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Post from the Field: Chasing Wilson in Northern Sichuan

by Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections, and Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture
October 16, 2017

Post from the Field: Chasing Wilson in Northern Sichuan

NACPEC Sichuan 2017

After mentioning plant collecting in China, we often get the question: “Why there?” Well, some 30,000 species are native to the Middle Kingdom, many growing in temperate climates quite similar to that of New England. Illustrating this point is that among the Arboretum’s wild-collected plants, over 25% hail from China, second only to the United […]

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Into the Hills: An Expedition into the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri

by Robert Dowell, Living Collections Fellow and Kea Woodruff, Weld Hill Growth Facilities Manager
October 10, 2017

Into the Hills: An Expedition into the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri

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By Robert Dowell and Kea Woodruff During the last week of September, an Arboretum plant collecting team including Living Collections Fellow Robert Dowell and Weld Hill Growth Facilities Manager Kea Woodruff ventured through the diverse Ozark landscapes of Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri to secure living plant material for The Campaign for the Living Collections. […]

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Plant Collecting in the Wisconsin Wilds – Part 2

by Tiffany Enzenbacher, Manager of Plant Production
September 6, 2017

Plant Collecting in the Wisconsin Wilds – Part 2

Kyle Port taking Betula pumila GPS coordinates

I write this after just returning to Boston from our expedition to Wisconsin and opening a box of hand-carried plants and seeds at the Arboretum’s Dana Greenhouses. It was incredibly fulfilling to view the work that Plant Production staff had already put into cleaning, counting, and accessioning the Wisconsin seed. The time that Kyle and […]

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Plant Collecting in the Wisconsin Wilds

by Tiffany Enzenbacher, Manager of Plant Production
August 30, 2017

Plant Collecting in the Wisconsin Wilds

Larix laricina, Fall 2017 Wisconsin expedition

As a team member of the first plant-collecting expedition of 2017 for the Campaign for the Living Collections, I am pleased to write that our trip to southeastern Wisconsin has been incredibly fruitful so far! Manager of Plant Records Kyle Port and I were granted permission to collect seed, saplings, and cuttings at several Nature […]

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Dana Greenhouses interior, bonsai in cold storage, spring 1962

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
June 8, 2017

Dana Greenhouses interior, bonsai in cold storage, spring 1962

Dana Greenhouses interior, bonsai in cold storage, spring 1962

Greenhouses, spring, Dana Greenhouses interior, 1962 Alternate Title: Trees from the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection in winter storage in the Cold Storage Unit Photographer unknown Dana Greenhouses, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States March 26, 1962 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Hollis+ catalog. The Charles Stratton Dana Greenhouses […]

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