Tibetans watching a horse race from their trucks at a summer festival east of Xiaquka, 2000

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 9, 2019

Tibetans watching a horse race from their trucks at a summer festival east of Xiaquka, 2000

Tibetans watching a horse race from their trucks at a summer festival east of Xiaquka [Xagquka]

Tibetans watching a horse race from their trucks at a summer festival east of Xiaquka [Xagquka] Photograph by Richard H. Ree, 1973- Highway 317 from Qamdo to Lhasa, Tibet, China August 11, 2000 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS Images. Richard H. Ree received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2001 and […]

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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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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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Botanizing in the “Mother of Gardens”

by Jonathan Shaw for Harvard Magazine
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, and triumphs. Read more in Harvard Magazine.

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

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
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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Collaborating in the Coastal Southeast: A Multi-Institution Expedition along the Coasts of North and South Carolina

by Sean Halloran
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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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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