Black Lives Matter

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
June 16, 2020

A living treasure in Boston

by Nell Porter Brown for the Harvard Gazette
June 14, 2020

The Arnold Arboretum: An Historic Park Partnership

by Matthew Caulkins, Web Applications Program Manager
June 4, 2020

Great Wild Gardens: The Story of the Arboretum’s Woodlands

by Matthew Caulkins, Web Applications Program Manager
June 3, 2020

Why the Arboretum remains open

by John Laidler, Gazette Correspondent
April 23, 2020

Frederick Law Olmsted and the Necessity of Urban Parks

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 26, 2020

Frederick Law Olmsted and the Necessity of Urban Parks

Olmsted Dig Deeper

Throughout his career, pioneering landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted created naturalistic masterpieces like the Arnold Arboretum through a guiding set of principles, including a strong belief in the essential benefits of parkland to urban health and democracy. His passion on this subject played a decisive role in Harvard University’s decision to give the Arboretum’s land […]

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Ponds, summer, Dawson Pond, 1957

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
September 5, 2019

Ponds, summer, Dawson Pond, 1957

Ponds, summer, Dawson Pond, 1957

Ponds, summer, Dawson Pond, 1957 Alternate Title: Dawson Pond nearly dry after a summer drought Photographer unknown Dawson Pond, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States August 1957 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS Images. Dawson Pond, located at the intersection of Meadow and Bussey Hill Roads, is named after Jackson […]

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Big Plans, Picturing Social Reform

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
July 1, 2019

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Big Plans, Picturing Social Reform

Lewis Hine, Play Ground in Tenement Alley, Boston, 1909

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Big Plans, Picturing Social Reform June 20 – September 15, 2019 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Hostetter Gallery Big Plans: Picturing Social Reform examines how landscape architects and photographers advocated for social reform in the development of Boston, New York, and Chicago in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Using city plans, […]

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Honoring Frederick Law Olmsted’s legacy

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
April 26, 2019

Honoring Frederick Law Olmsted’s legacy

Portrait_of_Frederick_Law_Olmsted

April 26 is the birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. In 1877, he partnered with Arboretum Founding Director Charles Sprague Sargent to design the Arnold Arboretum, two decades after his landmark design for New York’s Central Park and one year before he began work on Boston’s Emerald Necklace. The Arboretum’s […]

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Legacies and New Directions in Mapping

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

Legacies and New Directions in Mapping

mapping at the Arnold Arboretum

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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