Torreya Sargentii seeds, China 1925

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
July 19, 2019

Lilium formosum China, Ernest Henry Wilson, 1910

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
July 12, 2019

Lilium formosum China, Ernest Henry Wilson, 1910

Lilium formosum China, Ernest Henry Wilson, 1910

Lilium formosum China, Ernest Henry Wilson, 1910 Alternate Title: Flower Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson, 1876-1930, American, English July 14, 1910 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS Images. Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) was the furthest traveled of all the Arnold Arboretum’s plant explorers and collectors of the early twentieth century. It […]

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Learning About Conifers

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
February 8, 2019

Learning About Conifers

Teachers examine conifers outdoors

The brutal cold brought on by the polar vortex lingered long enough to make it almost impossible to enjoy the Conifer Collection up close on Saturday, Feb 2. Instead, teachers attending the monthly Arboretum for Educators to learn about conifer adaptations spent time indoors with collected plant material. The program began with a general introduction […]

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In deep winter, trees keep on giving

by Renee Loth for The Boston Globe
January 2, 2019

Teachers learn about conifers

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
February 7, 2018

Teachers learn about conifers

fir close observation

On Saturday, February 3, Boston area educators gathered in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall for this month’s Arboretum for Educators event highlighting conifer adaptations. Hands-on exploratory activities and a short walk near the Hunnewell Building allowed teachers to discover ways to identify four members of the Pinaceae, or pine family: fir (Abies spp.), spruce (Picea […]

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Pinus cembra: From the Alps to the Arboretum

by Brendan Keegan, Landscape Crew Gardener
March 7, 2017

Pinus cembra: From the Alps to the Arboretum

Pinus cembra, Swiss Stone Pine

I recently caught up with some friends who had just returned from backpacking in the Austrian Alps. As we chatted about their trip, they opened a bottle of zirbenschnapps, a traditional Austrian spirit (often homemade) flavored with a distillation made from the cones of Pinus cembra, the Swiss stone pine. After a few sips, my first thought […]

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Boston Educators Explore Conifers

by Ana Maria Caballero, Nature Education Specialist
February 10, 2017

Boston Educators Explore Conifers

opening hemlock cones

On Saturday, February 4, Boston area educators gathered in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall for this month’s Arboretum for Educators event highlighting conifer adaptations. Hands-on exploratory activities and a walk in the Conifer Collection introduced many teachers to the complexities of gymnosperms. What are the observable differences between fir and spruce? Can you recognize a […]

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Conifers behind the Hunnewell Building covered in snow, 1920

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
February 2, 2017

Conifers behind the Hunnewell Building covered in snow, 1920

Conifers behind the Hunnewell Building covered in snow, 1920

Snow Scenes, winter, 1920 Alternate Title: Conifers behind the Hunnewell Building covered in snow Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930, American, English) Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States 1920 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS, the online catalog of Harvard Library. This landscape photograph is one of many […]

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Walk Into a Forest, Breathe Deeply, Repeat as Needed

by Nancy Rose
November 11, 2016

Darwin asleep under the trees

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
April 12, 2016

Darwin asleep under the trees

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Charles Darwin loved nature. He also was deeply in love with his wife Emma. This beautiful letter from Charles to Emma was written on this day (April 12) in 1858, just a year and a half before On the Origin of Species was published; a point when Darwin was deeply immersed in deciphering the secrets of descent […]

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