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.
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 […]
As a child in southern California, I had no landscape that called out for the creation of a fairy house. Even as a person who has worked at the Arboretum for eighteen years, I only made my first fairy house on Sunday at noon to draw interest to a Family Hike scheduled for the afternoon. It’s […]
More than 30 images captured in the Arboretum landscape by photographer Jim Harrison have been selected for an exhibition entitled Continuations: Seasons at the Arboretum, on view July 28 through the first week of October. Read more in Harvard Magazine.
“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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]