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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Rainy days and Tuesdays

by Lee Buttala for the Berkshire Edge
June 17, 2019

A Thorny Obsession

by Jonathan Damery, Editor of Arnoldia
May 28, 2019

A Thorny Obsession

Please don’t ask me to identify a hawthorn—or rather to distinguish one from another. As a bookwormish horticulture student, memorizing leaf shapes and bud characteristics for plant identification exams, I learned only the basics. In a house yard in the Midwest, I would feel confident saying that a hawthorn with layered horizontal branches and tear-shaped […]

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Portrait of Charles Sprague Sargent, J. E. Purdy & Co.

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
May 1, 2019

Portrait of Charles Sprague Sargent, J. E. Purdy & Co.

Charles Sprague Sargent

Charles Sprague Sargent Photograph by J. E. Purdy & Co., n.d. A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS Images. The Arnold Arboretum did not come into existence full-formed, but had a long adolescence before it (literally) blossomed at 50. Our founding director, Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927), prepared a 50-year report in 1922, […]

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Honoring Frederick Law Olmsted’s legacy

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
April 26, 2019

Honoring Frederick Law Olmsted’s legacy

Portrait_of_Frederick_Law_Olmsted

April 26 is the birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. In 1877, he partnered with Arboretum Founding Director Charles Sprague Sargent to design the Arnold Arboretum, two decades after his landmark design for New York’s Central Park and one year before he began work on Boston’s Emerald Necklace. The Arboretum’s […]

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