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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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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Wilson’s Kagoshima : Tracing the Footsteps of a Plant Hunter

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
July 20, 2016

Wilson’s Kagoshima : Tracing the Footsteps of a Plant Hunter

Wilson's Kagoshima

Wilson’s Kagoshima : Tracing the Footsteps of a Plant Hunter by Tomoko Furui Ernest Henry Wilson, legendary Plant Hunter, arrived in Kagoshima, Japan just after the historic volcanic eruption in 1914. This new book by Tomoko Furui (Wilson’s Yakushima: Memories of the Past), traces Wilson’s steps throughout the island with narrative summaries, historic Wilson photographs, […]

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Two men laden with tea, Szechuan China, 1908

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
January 28, 2016

Two men laden with tea, Szechuan China, 1908

Men laden with tea

Men laden with tea [Title from label in photograph album.] Alternate Title: Two men, one facing camera, carrying large parcels of tea on their backs Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), American, English Sichuan Sheng, China July 30, 1908 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog. Ernest Henry Wilson […]

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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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Frank Meyer caravan, Chili Province near Yingtau-ko, 1913

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
January 14, 2016

Frank Meyer caravan, Chili Province near Yingtau-ko, 1913

Caravan of mules and donkeys on a pass in mountains

China – Chili Province near Yingtau-ko [Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Caravan of mules and donkeys on a pass in mountains Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918) Dutch, American Chili Province near Yingtau-ko, China September 13, 1913 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog. Frank Nicholas Meyer […]

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Metasequoia glyptostroboides, 1940-2010.

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
October 28, 2015

Metasequoia glyptostroboides, 1940-2010.

Metasequoia glyptostroboides, 1940-2010 Archives of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University We are pleased to announce that our collection of Metasequoia glyptostroboides, 1940-2010 material has been revised to facilitate optimal access for researchers and Arnold Arboretum staff. Along with our Visual Archives, our Metasequoia collection is an excellent resource that tells the story of 20th […]

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Traveling in the footsteps of “Chinese” Wilson

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
October 3, 2015

Traveling in the footsteps of “Chinese” Wilson

After four weeks in China in hot pursuit of new plant collections for the Arnold Arboretum as part of the Campaign for the Living Collections, Michael Dosmann, Curator of Living Collections, reports on his travels in Huanglong, located in the northwest part of Sichuan Province, China: “Following our (North America China Plant Exploration Consortium) successful […]

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On the trail of the elusive paperbark maple

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
September 30, 2015

On the trail of the elusive paperbark maple

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University has launched a 10-year initiative to expand and refine our collections of living plants–The Campaign for the Living Collections. This cross-institutional effort focused on plant exploration, collection, and production aims to enhance the Arboretum’s resources for research and conservation.  The Campaign kicked off officially in late summer with a […]

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Field collecting in northern Idaho

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
September 3, 2015

Field collecting in northern Idaho

To populate the Living Collections with plants sourced from the wild (a key attribute for research and conservation value), the Arnold Arboretum participates in collecting trips both domestically and internationally. Gathered from state parks, national forests, and occasionally under agreement on private lands, collected seeds are sent back to the Arboretum to be propagated and […]

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