Spring reboot for autumn’s harbinger

by Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections
March 30, 2020

Spring reboot for autumn’s harbinger

schlesinger red maple

Last week, after digging them from our in-ground nurseries, the Arboretum’s horticulture staff planted some 100 balled-n-burlapped trees throughout the collections. A cadre of crabapples (Malus spp.) on Peters Hill, a jumble of Juglans microcarpa (the little walnut from the Great Plains) on Weld Hill, and even a pitch of pines (Pinus spp.) in the […]

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Frederick Law Olmsted and the Necessity of Urban Parks

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 26, 2020

Frederick Law Olmsted and the Necessity of Urban Parks

Olmsted Dig Deeper

Throughout his career, pioneering landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted created naturalistic masterpieces like the Arnold Arboretum through a guiding set of principles, including a strong belief in the essential benefits of parkland to urban health and democracy. His passion on this subject played a decisive role in Harvard University’s decision to give the Arboretum’s land […]

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Peak Spruce

by Jonathan Damery, Editor of Arnoldia
February 28, 2020

Ode to the Junipers

by Jonathan Damery, Editor of Arnoldia
January 31, 2020

A Continuing Legacy of Conserving Plants

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
January 1, 2020

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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A Mission Born and Sustained by Philanthropy

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
December 1, 2019

A Mission Born and Sustained by Philanthropy

DigDeeper Philanthropy

The Arnold Arboretum is a public-private partnership of the City of Boston and Harvard University, but derives all funding from past and present philanthropy. Founded through the bequests of farmer Benjamin Bussey and whaling merchant James Arnold, the Arboretum blossomed through important contributions like the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection and the extensive book collections of […]

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Roads, winter, junction, snow, 1899

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
November 18, 2019

Roads, winter, junction, snow, 1899

Roads, winter, junction, snow, 1899

Roads, winter, junction, snow, 1899 Alternate Title: Junction of Meadow and Forest Hills Roads in the snow with the Bussey Institution in the background and a Kentucky Coffee Tree (Gymnocladus dioica) in the foreground Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949, American, Canadian) Forest Hills Road, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States Meadow Road, Arnold […]

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Bussey Hill, winter, Cedar of Lebanon, 1980

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
November 7, 2019

Bussey Hill, winter, Cedar of Lebanon, 1980

Cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani) on Bussey Hill with the State Laboratory complex in the background

Bussey Hill, winter, Cedar of Lebanon, 1980 Alternate Title: Cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani) on Bussey Hill with the State Laboratory complex in the background Photograph by Sheila Connor (1947- ) Bussey Hill, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States March 1980 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS Images. Sheila Connor […]

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Chamaerops excelsa China, 1914

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
September 19, 2019

Chamaerops excelsa China, 1914

Exterior view of a chapel with palm trees

Chamaerops excelsa China [Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Exterior view of a chapel with palm trees Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), Dutch, American Belgian Roman Catholic Mission, Hui hsien, Gansu Sheng, China September 29, 1914 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS Images. Frank Nicholas Meyer began his career […]

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Eminent panicle hydrangeas

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

Eminent panicle hydrangeas

panicle hydrangea flowers

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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