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 Meghana Srinivasan, Marketing and Communications Specialist
January 10, 2018

Botanizing in the “Mother of Gardens”

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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, […]

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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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Michael Dosmann named Keeper of the Living Collections of the Arnold Arboretum

by Meghana Srinivasan, Marketing and Communications Specialist
May 31, 2017

Michael Dosmann named Keeper of the Living Collections of the Arnold Arboretum

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  The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is pleased to announce that it has named Dr. Michael S. Dosmann as Keeper of the Living Collections, a rare and (nearly) singular honor bestowed by the institution. Curator of the Living Collections at the Arboretum since 2007, Dr. Dosmann’s new title reflects his outstanding stewardship of the […]

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Planned, Documented, and Shared: Plant Collections Network’s Next Chapter

by Michael Dosmann, Curator of Living Collections
April 7, 2017

Planned, Documented, and Shared: Plant Collections Network’s Next Chapter

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In a 2017 special issue of Public Garden Magazine (Volume 32), Curator of Living Collections Michael Dosmann considers the future of Plant Collections Network. This flagship program of the American Public Gardens Association partners with the USDA Agricultural Research Service to coordinate germplasm preservation and collections management strategies for North American public gardens. Plant Collections […]

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Traveling in the footsteps of “Chinese” Wilson

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
October 3, 2015

Traveling in the footsteps of “Chinese” Wilson

After four weeks in China in hot pursuit of new plant collections for the Arnold Arboretum as part of the Campaign for the Living Collections, Michael Dosmann, Curator of Living Collections, reports on his travels in Huanglong, located in the northwest part of Sichuan Province, China: “Following our (North America China Plant Exploration Consortium) successful […]

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The Journey of the Giant Sequoia

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
July 30, 2015

The Journey of the Giant Sequoia

Giant Sequoia

Passersby strolling along Hemlock Hill Road are struck by the amazing view of the conifer collection, sprawling above the open glade known as Kent Field, across from Bussey Brook. Among the pines, spruces, and firs is one of the Arboretum’s finest specimens of giant sequoia or redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum). This native of California’s Sierra Nevada […]

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Paths, summer, Willow Path restoration, 1982

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
July 30, 2015

Paths, summer, Willow Path restoration, 1982

Willow (Salix) with Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) by Willow Path

Paths, summer, Willow Path restoration, 1982 Alternate Title: Willow (Salix) with Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) by Willow Path Photograph by Sheila Connor (1947-, American) Willow Path, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States September 1982 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog. Sheila Connor began working in the Arnold […]

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Michael Dosmann honored by the American Public Gardens Association

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
July 1, 2015

Michael Dosmann honored by the American Public Gardens Association

In recognition of his outstanding leadership and advocacy for botanical collections and the public gardens community, Dr. Michael Dosmann has been awarded the Professional Citation Award by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA). The Curator of Living Collections at the Arnold Arboretum, Dosmann received the honor in late June at a ceremony during the APGA’s […]

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Arboretum participates in native plant expedition in Arkansas

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
October 14, 2014

Arboretum participates in native plant expedition in Arkansas

The Arnold Arboretum is a living museum, displaying plants collected from all corners of the temperate world for conservation, study, and enjoyment. The 281-acre landscape displays some 2,100 species, represented by some 15,000 trees, shrubs, and vines. While some of these plants are of garden or nursery origin, others have been gathered directly from the […]

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