A NACPEC expedition in North America: Part 4

by Jared Rubinstein, Living Collections Fellow
September 27, 2019

Arnold Arboretum’s Michael Dosmann receives prestigious horticulture award

by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist
February 25, 2019

Arnold Arboretum’s Michael Dosmann receives prestigious horticulture award

Dosmann Presented Fairchild Award

Michael S. Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, was recently named the 2019 recipient of the David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration in recognition of his outstanding contributions to botanical exploration and horticulture. Awarded by the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG), the Fairchild Medal was presented to Dosmann […]

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Searching the Spontaneous Flora

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
February 12, 2018

Searching the Spontaneous Flora

Lilium superbum herbarium specimen

A “spontaneous” plant is defined as one that grows and reproduces without human care or intent. In the early twentieth century, Arnold Arboretum botanist Ernest Jesse Palmer collected over 2,000 herbarium specimens to represent the spontaneous plants that occurred on the Arboretum grounds. Palmer wanted to know how spontaneous vegetation reacted to the drastic changes […]

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Hunnewell Building, summer, parking area, 1980

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 11, 2016

Hunnewell Building, summer, parking area, 1980

Hunnewell Building

Hunnewell Building, summer, parking area, 1980 Alternate Title: Parking area at the rear of the Hunnewell Building with the Herbarium wing in the right Photograph by Barth Hamberg Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States ca. 1980 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS, the online catalog of Harvard Library. […]

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Migrations: Celebrating Susan Hardy Brown

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
July 15, 2015

Migrations: Celebrating Susan Hardy Brown

Susan Hardy Brown

During her 30 years at Arnold Arboretum, Susan Hardy Brown prepared many thousands of herbarium specimens for staff and researchers. On the occasion of her retirement this month, we spoke with Susan to ask about her curatorial work, her career in the visual arts, and about the history of the Arboretum. Susan first joined us […]

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Embedded Herbarium Specimens in the Library

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
January 15, 2014

Embedded Herbarium Specimens in the Library

In addition to the many thousands of specimens collected in the Cultivated Herbarium, The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library maintains a herbarium collection of its own! 288 dried specimens, encased in hard plastic, span a huge range of taxa collected from our grounds. Leaves and twigs, seeds and pods, cones and stems, these three-dimensional objects offer […]

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Arboretum collecting expedition sources Midwest native plants

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
October 28, 2013

Arboretum collecting expedition sources Midwest native plants

The Arnold Arboretum’s 281-acre landscape is a living museum, displaying plants sourced from all corners of the temperate world for conservation and study. To expand and refine these collections, staff participate in plant exchanges with sister botanical gardens and plant conservation partners, and whenever possible, collect seed directly from the wild. Recently, the Arboretum mounted […]

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Biodiversity

by Cam Webb, Research Associate
April 22, 2011