A very old pair of highbush blueberries

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
June 30, 2020

A very old pair of highbush blueberries

Flowers of highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)

The Explorers Garden is filled with the greatest hits of the Arnold Arboretum and its history of bringing magnificent woody plants from around the northern hemisphere to Boston. Showstoppers abound at every turn: the two oldest Franklin trees (Franklinia alatamaha) on the planet (accessioned in 1905), the large patch of royal azaleas (Rhododendron schlippenbachii, some […]

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Preparing for a drier future

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
June 1, 2020

Preparing for a drier future

Jed and Emma install automated system in the Explorers Garden

Major donor-funded initiative to safeguard collections from prolonged drought by Jon Hetman, Associate Director of External Relations and Communications   What does it take to grow and sustain Harvard’s tree museum for research, horticulture, and education in the twenty-first century? Since becoming director in 2011, William (Ned) Friedman has become increasingly concerned with this question, […]

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My luck with Metasequoia

by Li Wang, Visiting Scholar
September 9, 2019

Poliothyrsis sinensis: Chinese pearlbloom

by Jonathan Damery, Editor of Arnoldia
August 2, 2018

Poliothyrsis sinensis: Chinese pearlbloom

As a kid, I was obsessed with seed catalogues. My mom read them with a highlighter, selecting tomatoes and marigolds, zinnias and cucumbers for the summer garden, and I would imitate her, arraying the catalogues around myself on the couch, scrutinizing the photographs, and imagining a garden filled with lurid oddities. Eventually, however, I discovered […]

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Whitesbog blues

by Jonathan Damery, Editor of Arnoldia
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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A small grab bag of early August in the Arnold Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
August 15, 2017

A small grab bag of early August in the Arnold Arboretum

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The lianoid Dutchman’s pipe (Aristolochia macrophylla, 43-92*C; left image), growing on the fence around the garage at the Hunnewell Building, is still putting out tender new leaves. The curve in the young stem tells the tale of a plant seeking out structures to curl around for support. The wonderful mass of buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis var. […]

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Franklinia – first flower

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
August 6, 2016

Franklinia – first flower

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Yesterday, I had a hunch I might see the very first flower of the season on the Franklin trees at the Arnold Arboretum. So off I went to the Explorers Garden on Bussey Hill, where two of the largest Franklinia plants in North America reside (2428-3*A and 2428-3*B, accessioned in 1905). With temperatures approaching 90°F and a […]

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Tough Decisions Make a Fine Collection

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 27, 2015

Tough Decisions Make a Fine Collection

Stewartia Flower

Removing a tree from this public arboretum can trigger a variety of questions and emotions, from visitors and staff alike. This will likely be the case when Acc. # 661-70*B, Stewartia pseudocamillia, situated next to the walkway to the Hunnewell Building, is removed.  The decision, though considered with great thought, was not difficult to make […]

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Dove Tree Takes Wing

by Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture
May 21, 2014

A legend in bloom

by Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture
May 8, 2014