The Arnold Arboretum is not alone in experiencing a “mast” year for acorns, which has implications both for wildlife and for forest ecosystems, according to Keeper of the Living Collections Michael Dosmann. Read more in the Boston Globe.
It’s said, in the Midwest, where I was raised, that you can stand in the middle of a cornfield on a summer day, close your eyes, and hear the stalks and leaves expanding. At the Arboretum, the growth is seemingly silent, but still, the plants are racing headlong into summer, with lanky shoots that, in […]
Most of the temperate trees and shrubs that grow in the Arnold Arboretum’s living collections ripen their fruits in late summer or autumn. As a result, expeditions to wild places to collect seed take place around the same time. Unfortunately, this means our collections may lack species whose fruits are ripe for the picking much […]
Michael S. Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, was recently named the 2019 recipient of the David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration in recognition of his outstanding contributions to botanical exploration and horticulture. Awarded by the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG), the Fairchild Medal was presented to Dosmann […]
Ginkgo and Forsythia holdings acknowledged for research and conservation value by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist The Plant Collections Network (PCN) of the American Public Gardens Association recently bestowed national accreditation status to two genera in the Arnold Arboretum’s collections: Forsythia and Ginkgo. Along with six previously recognized genera—Acer (maple), Carya (hickory), Fagus (beech), […]
The leaves and friable soil slipped beneath us as we climbed—hand over hand—up the slope, careful not to send more boulders ricocheting down the hillside. Luckily, our team was spread out in a near horizontal line, all wearing safety helmets in case more wayward rocks came tumbling down (they did). The bullseye above us was […]
I recall my first visit to the US National Arboretum in November of 2001. I was a Putnam Fellow working with Peter Del Tredici (then Director of Living Collections and now Senior Research Scientist Emeritus), and we were attending the annual meeting of the North America-China Plant Exploration Consortium (NACPEC). NACPEC is a loose confederation […]
With three to four times the botanical diversity of North America, China is a hotspot in our search for rare and unusual plants. Last September, the Arboretum joined a two-week expedition in Sichuan with the North America-China Plant Exploration Consortium (NACPEC). Harvard Magazine’s Jonathan Shaw shares the compelling story of the team’s journey, unforeseen challenges, and triumphs. Read more in Harvard Magazine.
After mentioning plant collecting in China, we often get the question: “Why there?” Well, some 30,000 species are native to the Middle Kingdom, many growing in temperate climates quite similar to that of New England. Illustrating this point is that among the Arboretum’s wild-collected plants, over 25% hail from China, second only to the United […]