Teachers learn about conifers

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
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 McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
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, Editor of Arnoldia
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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Conifers in the snow

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
February 8, 2016

Conifers in the snow

Conifer Path in the snow

Samples of conifer branches, needles, and cones? Check. Science experiments that demonstrate conifer adaptations? Check. Packet of resource materials for teachers? Check. Seven inches of snow? Yes! On Saturday February 6th, Boston teachers ventured down Conifer Path in search of a variety of evergreen trees. Armed with information about the reproductive structures of conifers, it […]

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Japanese Umbrella Pine with wooden temple buildings, a lake and hills in the background

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
January 21, 2016

Japanese Umbrella Pine with wooden temple buildings, a lake and hills in the background

Japanese Umbrella Pine with wooden temple buildings, a lake and hills in the background

Sciadopitys vericillata [Title from recto of mount.] Alternate title: Tree habit with wooden temple buildings, a lake and hills in the background Subject: Sciadopitys vericillata (Thunb.) Seib. & Zucc. ; Pinaceae ; Japanese Umbrella Pine. Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949, American, Canadian) Chuzenji, Lake, Tochigi, Japan August 10, 1905 A larger version of this […]

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Not All Conifers are Evergreen

by Nancy Rose, Editor of Arnoldia
January 6, 2016

How long does it take for a pine cone to go from green to brown?

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
September 18, 2015