Yes, there are a lot of acorns on the ground this season. Here’s why.

by Steve Annear for the Boston Globe
October 4, 2019

When spring is samara season

by Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections
August 27, 2019

Foraging frenzy

by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
July 1, 2019

Notes from the field – a Japanese maple in May

by Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections
June 10, 2019

Notes from the field – a Japanese maple in May

Several mature Acer pycnanthum (left side) growing among other broadleaved trees in Sendanbayashi – note the grayish-green leaves

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 […]

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Arnold Arboretum’s Michael Dosmann receives prestigious horticulture award

by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist
February 25, 2019

Arnold Arboretum’s Michael Dosmann receives prestigious horticulture award

Dosmann Presented Fairchild Award

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 […]

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Arboretum recognized for two new nationally accredited collections

by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist
October 12, 2018

Arboretum recognized for two new nationally accredited collections

Forsythia x intermedia 'Karl Sax' 253-2005-B Michael 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), […]

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Notes from the field: The return to Japan

by Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections, and Steve Schneider, Manager of Operations
September 20, 2018

Notes from the field: The return to Japan

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 […]

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A partnership for plants

by Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections
June 8, 2018

A partnership for plants

Corylus fargesii

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 […]

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Botanizing in the “Mother of Gardens”

by Jonathan Shaw for Harvard Magazine
January 10, 2018

Botanizing in the “Mother of Gardens”

China Expedition 2017_Jonathan Shaw

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.

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Post from the Field: Chasing Wilson in Northern Sichuan

by Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections, and Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture
October 16, 2017

Post from the Field: Chasing Wilson in Northern Sichuan

NACPEC Sichuan 2017

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 […]

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