A truth universally acknowledged

by Sheryl White, Coordinator of Visitor Engagement
June 8, 2019

Goethe in the Garden

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
May 21, 2016

Goethe in the Garden

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So, what did Johann Wolfgang von Goethe have to say about redbuds (the genus Cercis)? Goethe’s wonderful observations on redbuds were published in his Italian Journey (Italienische Reise), at a time when he was deeply immersed in reflecting upon art, antiquities, and plant form – and importantly, spending time in botanical gardens to decipher the underlying principles […]

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City councilor gets hitched at Arnold Arboretum

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

Armed and dangerous plants in the Arnold Arboretum (part 1)

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

Armed and dangerous plants in the Arnold Arboretum (part 1)

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Spines, prickles and thorns are common terms bandied about when referring to sharp objects protruding from plants. There is a distinction to be made between these three terms. Spines denote a structure that is evolutionarily derived from a leaf or part of a leaf (cactuses have spines). Thorns circumscribe modified shoot systems (honey locust trees […]

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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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