Wild Ambition at the Arboretum

by Alvin Powell for The Harvard Gazette
December 1, 2015

Trilateral Agreement Signed

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
October 28, 2015

Trilateral Agreement Signed

Qi Ling, William Friedman, and Xinquan Zhao at Chendu

To strengthen collaboration in the conservation and study of plants between the U.S. and China, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University has signed a memorandum of understanding with two botanical institutions in China: the Huanglong Nature Reserve and the Chengdu Institute of Biology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Signed at Chengdu, China, on September […]

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Dawson Medals Come to the Arboretum Archives

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
May 18, 2015

Dawson Medals Come to the Arboretum Archives

Channing Dawson and Ned Friedman

On May 9, 2015, the Arboretum received a special visit from descendants of Jackson Thornton Dawson (1841-1916), the first Plant Propagator of the Arnold Arboretum and indeed the first person hired by Charles Sargent for the staff of his new arboretum. Great grandson Channing Dawson, his wife, and children came to present the Archives with […]

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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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A magnolia with an Arboretum pedigree

by Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture
April 24, 2014

A magnolia with an Arboretum pedigree

This week many trees in the Arboretum’s extensive collection of magnolias are coming into glorious bloom. Arboretum Director William (Ned) Friedman offers us a look inside the flower of the Merrill magnolia, Magnolia x loebneri ‘Merrill’. Ned writes: This photo (top) a closeup of the inner reproductive parts of a magnolia flower. The outer whorls […]

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Arboretum Launches Campaign to Modernize Greenhouses

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 5, 2014

Arboretum Launches Campaign to Modernize Greenhouses

Dana Greenhouse

Reflecting a commitment to confronting the challenge of climate change at the local level, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University has launched a $250,000 fundraising campaign to improve lighting systems and replace windows in the Dana Greenhouses. This initiative aims to boost energy efficiency and long-term energy savings for the Arboretum’s extensive propagation activities. “Each […]

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Arnold Arboretum to host botanical symposium on Ginkgo biloba

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
May 1, 2013

Arnold Arboretum to host botanical symposium on Ginkgo biloba

A living fossil with an ancestry dating back some 270 million years, Ginkgo biloba stands out in the plant world as an object of fascination. A deciduous gymnosperm that persists as a single genus and species, Ginkgo offers scientists a unique glimpse at our botanical and evolutionary past. To celebrate this relict species and explore […]

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Arnold Arboretum Committee Funds New Horticultural Equipment

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
July 23, 2012

Arnold Arboretum Committee Funds New Horticultural Equipment

Arnold Arboretum Committee

When Arboretum horticulture staff need to break up heavily-trod ground or move a large plant from one location to another in the landscape, an air spade helps them get the job done. Through a $10,000 gift from Arnold Arboretum Committee, a Jamaica Plain non-profit advocacy organization, the Arboretum has acquired an air compressor that will […]

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Darwin does it again

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
June 13, 2011

Darwin does it again

The name Charles Darwin is synonymous with modern evolutionary thought. While best known for advancing the theory of natural selection, Darwin had a hand in numerous areas of evolutionary biology. In the field of evolutionary developmental biology (“evo-devo”), Darwin devoted an entire chapter of On the Origin of Species (1859) to arguing that modifications during […]

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