Plants under quarantine

by Jonathan Damery, Editor of Arnoldia
April 1, 2020

Plants under quarantine

Flowers of the spike winterhazel (Corylopsis spicata, accession 10544*A)

By the beginning of October 1918, the influenza pandemic was racing through Boston. Businesses had been shuttered. Schools had been closed. A local conference for the National Association of Gardeners was postponed. Meanwhile, at the Arnold Arboretum, director Charles Sprague Sargent was finding it increasingly difficult to navigate a quarantine of a different nature—one designed […]

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Enhancing our urban ecosystem

by Andrew Gapinski, Head of Horticulture, and Brendan Keegan, Arboretum Gardener I
March 29, 2019

Enhancing our urban ecosystem

perennial planting peters hill

By Andrew Gapinski, Head of Horticulture, and Brendan Keegan, Arboretum Gardener I   At the Arnold Arboretum, we continuously strive to increase the health of our plant collections, improve the aesthetics of our landscape, and support and enhance ecosystem health across our 281 acres of urban greenspace. We do this by thinking critically about landscape […]

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New and emerging pests at the Arnold Arboretum

by Jared Rubinstein, Living Collections Fellow
January 23, 2019

New and emerging pests at the Arnold Arboretum

Spotted lanternfly Lawrence Barringer Penn. Dept. of Ag.

Dutch elm disease. Emerald ash borer. Hemlock woolly adelgid. These invasive pests and diseases still strike terror in some of our hearts and unfortunately, the exotic pest nightmare is far from over! Each year, according to a 2016 study, 57 exotic forest pests are imported into the Commonwealth. While each of those 57 pests won’t […]

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