Some wonderful moments at the Arnold Arboretum in 2017

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
January 1, 2018

Some wonderful moments at the Arnold Arboretum in 2017

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2017 has been a magnificent year at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. The trees, shrubs, and lianas dazzled, but of course, not in exactly the same way as in 2016, or for that matter, any other year since the dawn of time. To begin 2018, I share 12 moments from my wanderings in the […]

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Shadows and highlights in the Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
November 19, 2016

Shadows and highlights in the Arboretum

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This week has offered spectacular blue skies to witness fall colors interacting with the low angle of the sun in the mornings and late afternoons. The near mythical golds of the hickories (bottom right; Carya glabra, the pignut hickory; 23166*A), larches (bottom left; Larix decidua var. polonica, the Polish larch, a red-listed taxon native only to […]

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Marginalia

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
November 6, 2016

Marginalia

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The Arnold Arboretum is nothing short of spectacular this week, with whole hillsides ablaze and astonishing landscape scale views everywhere. But, my mind kept focusing on the minute; the individual leaves and extraordinary beauty of their edges. Perhaps it is the brilliance of autumnal colors that brings leaf shape into such vivid display. Sugar maple […]

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Leaf shadows on Peters Hill

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
June 18, 2016

Leaf shadows on Peters Hill

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This week, I wandered the east side of Peters Hill, admiring the landscape, taking in long views of the collections of crabapples, pears, poplars, and ginkgoes. I dove into the deep understory darkness of the old dawn redwood grove down near the railroad tracks. I was dazzled by the extraordinary work of the Arnold Arboretum […]

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Focus on Phenology: Leafing Out

by Danny Schissler, Project Coordinator
May 6, 2016

Focus on Phenology: Leafing Out

Forsythias, magnolias, and cherries are blooming in every corner of the Arboretum. Tall white tufts of serviceberry (Amelanchier spp.) reach out from conifer stands, and redbud branches burst with pink blossoms. Dogwoods, azaleas, and lilacs prepare for their annual show. With the world awash in floral hues, it’s easy to forget the most important of spring’s colors: green. […]

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Beeches, lindens, and walnuts erupting from buds

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
May 4, 2016

Beeches, lindens, and walnuts erupting from buds

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Just a quick note for the continuing celebration of amazing buds bursting forth this past week at the Arnold Arboretum. The beeches are mostly finished (breaking bud), but Fagus orientalis (Oriental beech; 239-29-B) was impressive against the sun on Saturday: a combination of beautiful plications with shadows of overlapping leaves, along with bud scales and […]

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What an Early Spring Means For Our Plants

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 10, 2016

End of Year Favorites Part 5 (of 5): Leaves and Petals

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
January 4, 2016

End of Year Favorites Part 5 (of 5): Leaves and Petals

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2015 has been an overwhelmingly beautiful year on the grounds of the Arnold Arboretum.  May 2016 be a year filled with botanical and horticultural wonders for all! Here finally, my last Post from the Collections for 2015: Day five (of five) of some of my favorite photographic memories of the venerable plants of the Arnold Arboretum in […]

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