August 30 tour extravaganza at the Arboretum

by Sheryl White, Coordinator of Visitor Engagement
September 6, 2019

Reasons to admire stinging insects (from afar)

by Brendan Keegan, Landscape Crew Gardener
September 3, 2019

Design course opens students’ eyes to “plant blindness”

by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist
February 21, 2019

Design course opens students’ eyes to “plant blindness”

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For three years now, master’s degree candidates in Field Methods and Living Collections, led by Rosetta S. Elkin and the Arboretum’s William “Ned” Friedman, have used social theory and a methodology that examines plant evolution, morphology, built neighborhoods, and landscape design to address “plant blindness”—the human tendency to take plants for granted, reducing them to a green fuzz in the background.

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EVERGREEN! Braving the cold

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
January 28, 2019

EVERGREEN! Braving the cold

Conifer Collection

January 20 was the day of our first winter storm, turning every surface to ice, closing our Visitor Center, and forcing the cancellation of that afternoon’s scheduled Family Hike. Sunday, January 27 looked auspicious for a rescheduled hike focused on evergreens, at least that is until clouds and wind picked up. However, one family braved the conditions […]

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What is beautiful to you? Families build fairy houses.

by Nancy Sableski, Manager of Children’s Education
November 28, 2018

Continuations: Seasons at the Arboretum

by Jonathan Shaw for Harvard Magazine
June 22, 2018

2016 Favorites and a New Year’s Resolution

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
January 1, 2017

2016 Favorites and a New Year’s Resolution

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“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…” Well, you know the rest. But, if I may, please make a resolution for 2017 to step off your familiar paths in the Arnold Arboretum and explore some new territory, with magnificent plants and vistas yet unseen. And if you have not been to the Arnold Arboretum recently, […]

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Wild by Design

by Pam Thompson, Manager of Adult Education
October 4, 2016

Wild by Design

Margie Ruddick

Margie Ruddick, ASLA, Landscape Architect Thursday, October 20, 7:00–8:30pm Location: Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Research Building, 1300 Centre Street, Roslindale Can nature—in all its unruly wildness—be an integral part of creative landscape design? With beautiful images, award-winning designer Margie Ruddick offers a set of principles for a more creative and intuitive approach that challenges the […]

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Hunnewell Building landscape gets springtime renovation

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 30, 2016

Hunnewell Building landscape gets springtime renovation

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When visitors enter the Arnold Arboretum’s Arborway Gate, they are greeted by the historic Hunnewell Building. Since its construction in 1892, the Hunnewell Building and its landscape have undergone several renovations. The most recent major refurbishment, which overhauled the building’s structure to improve accessibility, took place in 1993. Twenty-three years later, the Hunnewell Building entranceway […]

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Hamamelis japonica, Arnold Arboretum, 1926

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
March 10, 2016

Hamamelis japonica, Arnold Arboretum, 1926

Hamamelis japonica Photograph by George W. Root Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts February 15, 1926 Hamamelis spp. “Witch-hazel” is our Tree of Month for March 2016. The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library and Archives will feature a new view of a Hammaelis specimen every Thursday of this month, so keep checking back! Andrew Gapinski, Arnold Arboretum […]

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