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by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
April 8, 2018

Some wonderful moments at the Arnold Arboretum in 2017

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
January 1, 2018

Some wonderful moments at the Arnold Arboretum in 2017

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2017 has been a magnificent year at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. The trees, shrubs, and lianas dazzled, but of course, not in exactly the same way as in 2016, or for that matter, any other year since the dawn of time. To begin 2018, I share 12 moments from my wanderings in the […]

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Cutting Edge Research in the Living Collections

by Meghana Srinivasan, Marketing and Communications Specialist
October 3, 2017

Cutting Edge Research in the Living Collections

The Arnold Arboretum’s Living Collections are a world-wide resource for investigations across the spectrum of botanical, environmental and horticultural sciences. With the addition of the Weld Hill Research Building and its state-of-the-art research facilities in 2011, the Arboretum’s capacity for conducting and promoting research in the collections continues to grow. The Arboretum also offers merit-based awards and fellowships to undergraduates, […]

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Reconstructing the ancestral flower

by Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
August 7, 2017

Reconstructing the ancestral flower

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The early evolution of flowers remains something of a mystery. As part of her Master’s research, Kristel Schoonderwoerd, PhD Candidate in the Friedman Lab, joined a large international team to reconstruct the ancestral flower based on DNA and floral characteristics of known flowers. The results are published in Nature Communications. more» abstract»

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My favorite flower (this week)

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
July 31, 2017

My favorite flower (this week)

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One of the great delights of walking randomly in the Arnold Arboretum is the unanticipated discovery of a plant heretofore unnoticed. This week, Grewia biloba, a shrub I had never seen in flower, presented itself in full (but subtle) glory. The small white flowers with bright yellow eyes of stamens (pollen-producing structures) are stunning. What appear […]

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Magnolia flowers fall apart beautifully

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
July 19, 2017

Magnolia flowers fall apart beautifully

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Things fall apart. That is the essence of a plant. I don’t mean the kind of falling apart of decay, but rather, the wonderful falling apart of the regular shedding of plant organs after they have served their given tasks. Bud scales after bud burst in the spring, petals after a flower is pollinated, leaves in […]

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Dove tree takes wing

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
May 22, 2017

Dove tree takes wing

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“To my mind Davidia involucrata [the dove tree] is at once the most interesting and beautiful of all trees of the north-temperate flora.” Coming from Ernest Henry Wilson, the intrepid early twentieth century plant explorer for the Arnold Arboretum (and Veitch Nurseries before that), that is some mighty high praise! Right now, our magnificent 1904 (5159*A) […]

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Caring for the splendor of Rhododendron Dell

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
May 22, 2017

Caring for the splendor of Rhododendron Dell

Rhododendron 'King Tut'

Rhododendrons are inextricably linked to the history of our landscape. Horticulturalists had endeavored to hybridize these colorful flowering shrubs for northern and western gardens for well-over a hundred years, and they have proved worth the effort because of their evergreen variety and beauty in the landscape. Starting in the mid-1880s, Arboretum staff methodically evaluated these […]

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Where Biodiversity Blooms—The Survival of Sicilian Wildflowers

by Guest Writer: Mary Taylor Simeti
April 28, 2017

Where Biodiversity Blooms—The Survival of Sicilian Wildflowers

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Sicily, the biggest of the Mediterranean islands, boasts over 3000 different wildflowers that grow on its shores. The exuberant island wildflowers create explosions of form and color that have long astonished and inspired visitors from northern climes to come to admire the island’s flora–historical diaries and letters from visitors to the island are full of […]

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Petal-less flowers at the Arnold Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
April 18, 2017

Petal-less flowers at the Arnold Arboretum

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The beginning of spring flowering has fully launched at the Arnold Arboretum. And this is the perfect weekend to stroll through the collections and see what is on offer. While most of the show revolves around the myriad forms and colors of petals, step off the main path and have a look at a few […]

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