Design course opens students’ eyes to ‘plant blindness’

by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist
February 20, 2019

Hamamelis intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’ Arnold Arboretum, 1991

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
February 19, 2019

Hamamelis intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’ Arnold Arboretum, 1991

Hamamelis intermedia

Hamamelis intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’ Photograph by István Racz and Zsolt Debreczy (n.d.), Hungary Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States March 17, 1991 István Racz and Zsolt Debreczy are world-renowned denrologists with a long and storied association with Arnold Arboretum. They are authors of Conifers around the world : conifers of the temperate zones and […]

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Roads, winter, Valley Road, hickories, 1900

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
February 5, 2019

Roads, winter, Valley Road, hickories, 1900

hickories

Roads, winter, Valley Road, hickories, 1900 Alternate Title: Hickory (Carya) Collection with a Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis) in the foreground and Valley Road in the background Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949), American, Canadian Valley Road, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States ca. 1900 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS […]

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Hunnewell Building, winter 1970

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
January 31, 2019

Hunnewell Building, winter 1970

Hunnewell Building

Hunnewell Building, winter, 1970 Photographer unknown Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States 1970 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS Images. The Hunnewell Building houses our Visitor Center, Lecture Hall, Library and Archives, and Herbarium. It was constructed in 1892 and fully renovated with improved accessibility and structural improvements […]

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Care for an extraordinary collection—launch an extraordinary career

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
January 31, 2019

Care for an extraordinary collection—launch an extraordinary career

Dig Deeper Hort education

As a premier botanical institution and partner in the educational mission of Harvard University, the Arnold Arboretum offers horticultural training programs which go beyond teaching technical skills—they open pathways into the diverse work of public gardens and provide an exceptional foundation for building careers in plant-related fields. Through hands-on experience caring for our Living Collections, […]

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Ilex verticillata ‘Afterglow’ at Arboretum Main Gate, Winter 2019

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
January 23, 2019

Ilex verticillata ‘Afterglow’ at Arboretum Main Gate, Winter 2019

Ilex verticillata

Ilex verticillata ‘Afterglow’ at Arboretum Main Gate, Winter 2019 Photograph by Larissa Glasser Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts January 23, 2019 These Ilex (winterberry) shrubs are still thriving just inside the Main Entrance of the grounds, across from the Hunnewell Building. A similar shot with fall foliage shows the cyclical display of this shrub in […]

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Hemlock Hill, winter, hemlock trunks, 1902

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
January 18, 2019

Hemlock Hill, winter, hemlock trunks, 1902

Hemlock Hill, winter, hemlock trunks, 1902

Hemlock Hill, winter, hemlock trunks, 1902 Photograph by Alfred Rehder (1863-1949) Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts January 1902 Hemlock (Tsuga spp). is our Tree of Month for January 2019. Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock) is a coniferous tree native to eastern North America. It is the main attraction at Hemlock Hill, a prominent feature of our […]

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A growing role as a living lab

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
January 17, 2019

Samaras in the sun

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
December 10, 2018

Samaras in the sun

Acer samaras

This past week has been an unbroken streak of sunshine and intense blue skies in Boston, with crisp cold temperatures—perfect for extended walks in the Arnold Arboretum. As I wandered in the Maple Collection, one tree took my breath away, an Amur maple, Acer tataricum ssp. ginnala (701-63*E), whose translucent membranous winged fruits (samaras) collectively […]

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Stewarding an Extraordinary Landscape and Living Collection

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
December 5, 2018

Stewarding an Extraordinary Landscape and Living Collection

Horticulture-Dig-Deeper

The Living Collections of the Arnold Arboretum represent an unparalleled resource for appreciating and understanding our natural world. Our Collections Campaign is a 10-year initiative to expand and enhance the collections as global change poses serious threats to biodiversity. Beyond annual expeditions to collect and preserve germplasm for study and conservation, staff have also focused […]

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