Notes from the field – a Japanese maple in May

by Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections
June 10, 2019

Notes from the field – a Japanese maple in May

Several mature Acer pycnanthum (left side) growing among other broadleaved trees in Sendanbayashi – note the grayish-green leaves

Most of the temperate trees and shrubs that grow in the Arnold Arboretum’s living collections ripen their fruits in late summer or autumn. As a result, expeditions to wild places to collect seed take place around the same time. Unfortunately, this means our collections may lack species whose fruits are ripe for the picking much […]

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Remembering the trees we grew up with, and the ones we lost

by Rebecca Pacheco for The Boston Globe
April 24, 2019

Legacies and New Directions in Mapping

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 22, 2019

Legacies and New Directions in Mapping

From the original Frederick Law Olmsted paper map imagining “Harvard’s Arboretum” to advanced satellite navigation systems that track our landscape on your desktop or mobile device, mapping is fundamental to documenting our 281-acre landscape and plant collections. Historical maps highlight our legacy of plant exploration and depict the development of the Arboretum, including a grid […]

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Stewarding an Extraordinary Landscape and Living Collection

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
December 5, 2018

Stewarding an Extraordinary Landscape and Living Collection

Horticulture-Dig-Deeper

The Living Collections of the Arnold Arboretum represent an unparalleled resource for appreciating and understanding our natural world. Our Collections Campaign is a 10-year initiative to expand and enhance the collections as global change poses serious threats to biodiversity. Beyond annual expeditions to collect and preserve germplasm for study and conservation, staff have also focused […]

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A Continuing Legacy of Conserving Plants

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
October 25, 2018

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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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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Arboretum recognized for two new nationally accredited collections

by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist
October 12, 2018

Arboretum recognized for two new nationally accredited collections

Forsythia x intermedia 'Karl Sax' 253-2005-B Michael Dosmann

Ginkgo and Forsythia holdings acknowledged for research and conservation value by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist The Plant Collections Network (PCN) of the American Public Gardens Association recently bestowed national accreditation status to two genera in the Arnold Arboretum’s collections: Forsythia and Ginkgo. Along with six previously recognized genera—Acer (maple), Carya (hickory), Fagus (beech), […]

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Twilight of the Hemlocks and Beeches

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
September 27, 2018

Twilight of the Hemlocks and Beeches

Twilight of the Hemlocks and Beeches

Twilight of the Hemlocks and Beeches by Tim Palmer In this magnificently illustrated book, conservationist and celebrated outdoors photographer Tim Palmer launches us on a revealing journey among the hemlock and beech trees that have for millennia towered over America’s eastern woodlands. The eastern hemlock and North American beech once thrived from Maine to Georgia, […]

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A Meeting of Land and Sea: Nature and the Future of Martha’s Vineyard

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
January 12, 2018

A Meeting of Land and Sea: Nature and the Future of Martha’s Vineyard

A Meeting of Land and Sea: Nature and the Future of Martha’s Vineyard

A Meeting of Land and Sea: Nature and the Future of Martha’s Vineyard by David Foster An eminent ecologist shows how an iconic New England island has been shaped by nature and human history, and how its beloved landscape can be protected. Full of surprises, bedecked with gorgeous photographs and maps, and supported by unprecedented […]

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Pioneering Plant Exploration Across the Globe

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
October 23, 2017

Pioneering Plant Exploration Across the Globe

Dig Deeper Exploration

Through nearly 150 years of plant exploration, the Arnold Arboretum has assembled its world-renowned Living Collections. Responding to global change and habitat destruction, the Arboretum is building on its historical legacy by accelerating efforts to collect, preserve, and study biodiversity through the Campaign for the Living Collections. This autumn, Arboretum staff and associates retraced the […]

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