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by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
July 31, 2019

Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
December 15, 2017

Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes

Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes

Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes Over time, with industrialization and urban sprawl, we have driven nature out of our neighborhoods and cities. But we can invite it back by designing landscapes that look and function more like they do in the wild: robust, diverse, and visually harmonious. Planting in […]

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Native Plants and the Crazy Snake Worm

by Brendan Keegan, Landscape Crew Gardener
November 20, 2017

Native Plants and the Crazy Snake Worm

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Last week, I came across several “crazy snake worms” happily wriggling through fallen leaves in the landscape. This was surprising, since the adults are usually gone by this point in the season, killed by hard autumn frost and survived only by their overwintering eggs. However, the unseasonably warm weather this year has prolonged the life […]

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Conifers from around the world; perennial wildflowers from New England

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
September 11, 2017

Conifers from around the world; perennial wildflowers from New England

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As autumn begins to set in, it is getting harder and harder to find woody plants in flower at the Arnold Arboretum. And, humans aren’t the only ones to lament the diminution of flowering in September – insects do too! Under the visionary leadership of Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture, the Arboretum has been working […]

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The Other Flowering Cherries

by Nancy Rose
May 18, 2016

The Other Flowering Cherries

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Say “flowering cherries” and a vision of trees bearing frothy masses of pink flowers may come to mind. The Japanese flowering cherries [pdf] in Washington, D.C., are well known for their spring floral display, and Arboretum visitors can see many of the showy early-flowering (typically April) cherries in the Bradley Rosaceous Collection. (Unfortunately the fluctuating […]

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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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