Name the shades

by Jonathan Damery
June 4, 2018

What’s blooming?

by Terry Huang, Living Collections Fellow
May 31, 2018

Whitesbog blues

by Jonathan Damery
May 18, 2018

Whitesbog blues

At the grocery store, it’s easy to take fresh blueberries for granted. Packed within plastic cases, the jewel-like fruits are available year-round, almost without question. But a collection of blueberries at the Arnold Arboretum—that is to say, highbush blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum), which are now flowering—provides a reminder of the not-so-distant time when blueberries were just […]

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Chris Howkins, Heathlands, and the Natural History of Britain

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 11, 2017

Chris Howkins, Heathlands, and the Natural History of Britain

Gorse, Broom, and Heathlands

In addition to our archives, photographs, rare floras, and journals, the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library holds a variety of natural history monographs, including plant lore. Plant lore is a cultural and mythological study, which examines the historical human relationship with its natural habitat, which is a central tenet of the human-plant connection. The utility of […]

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Mountain laurels fling pollen!

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
June 4, 2016

Mountain laurels fling pollen!

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This week has been close to perfect when it comes to rhododendrons and azaleas at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Both belong to the Ericaceae, a family of plants that also includes blueberries, cranberries, and the mountain laurel, Kalmia latifolia. The Arnold has two stunning groupings of mountain laurels, and they are just beginning […]

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