Preserving an Extraordinary Living Collection

by Meghana Srinivasan, Marketing and Communications Specialist
April 20, 2018

Preserving an Extraordinary Living Collection

Preservation Dig Deeper

The Living Collections of the Arnold Arboretum represent an unparalleled resource for appreciating and understanding our natural world. Our decade-long initiative to expand and enhance the collections comes at a time when global change poses serious threats to Earth’s biodiversity. The Campaign for the Living Collections seeks to acquire some 400 species of plants from […]

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Two wheelbarrows

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

Felled by the wind

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
March 13, 2018

Felled by the wind

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More than 20 large trees in the Arnold Arboretum came down or were severely damaged in the brutal Nor’easter on March 1, including several centenarians with important provenance. Most of the trees toppled by the winds had significant rot or underlying structural issues; it was only a matter of time. Like us, trees age, grow […]

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Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
December 15, 2017

Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes

Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes

Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes Over time, with industrialization and urban sprawl, we have driven nature out of our neighborhoods and cities. But we can invite it back by designing landscapes that look and function more like they do in the wild: robust, diverse, and visually harmonious. Planting in […]

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The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques from Chanticleer

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
November 15, 2017

The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques from Chanticleer

The Art of Gardening

The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques from Chanticleer Discover a world of beauty and creativity! Chanticleer has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America. It is a place of pleasure and learning, relaxing yet filled with ideas to take home. And now those lessons are available […]

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Cultivating America’s Gardens at Smithsonian

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 1, 2017

Cultivating America’s Gardens at Smithsonian

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Cultivating America’s Gardens A Smithsonian Libraries, Smithsonian Gardens and Archives of American Gardens exhibition Visit the exhibit through August 2017 Americans have been making gardens forever, constantly innovating and experimenting as they work the soil. Amateurs and professionals, young and old, schoolchildren and scientists — Americans of every sort have put their backs into gardening. […]

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Wielding chainsaws for science

by Meghana Srinivasan, Marketing and Communications Specialist
July 19, 2017

A Global Resource for Information About Plants

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
July 12, 2017

A Global Resource for Information About Plants

The Arnold Arboretum serves humanity as a premier destination for deepening understanding and appreciation of the plant kingdom. The Horticultural Library contributes significantly to this mission, stewarding a research collection of some 25,000 volumes on botany, horticulture, urban forestry, and more. The Library also houses the Arnold Arboretum Archives, which preserves and shares the Arboretum’s […]

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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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Higher Plants of China in Colour

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
April 12, 2017

Higher Plants of China in Colour

Higher Plants of China

Higher Plants of China in Colour This set of pictorial works contains nearly 20,000 photographs of wild higher plants and important cultivated plants in China, the species of which number more than 10,000. Each of the species is concisely introduced in both Chinese and English from such aspects as Chinese name, Latin name, morphological features, […]

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