TreeVersity update: we’re halfway there!

by Danny Schissler, Research and Projects Coordinator, Friedman Lab
April 18, 2018

TreeVersity update: we’re halfway there!

Treeversity Grid

Great news! Warm weather and sun are in the forecast, and after a long and dreary winter here in Boston, we’re finally seeing hints of green in the landscape. For researches at the Arnold Arboretum, this means fieldwork! As buds swell, cones open, and flowers bloom, a flurry of biological activity returns to the grounds–and […]

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Hunnewell Building, summer, climbing hydrangea, 1936

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
April 16, 2018

Hunnewell Building, summer, climbing hydrangea, 1936

Hunnewell Building, summer, climbing hydrangea, 1936

Hunnewell Building, summer, climbing hydrangea, 1936 Alternate Title: Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris) in the side of the Hunnewell Building Photographer unknown Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States 1936 On Thursday, May 3, join horticulturalist Jen Kettell for The Straight Talk on Hydrangeas. Her talk begins at 6:00pm and will include a walk […]

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Prunus lannesiana f. albida Japan, 1914

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
April 6, 2018

Tilia tomentosa, Arnold Arboretum, 1945

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
March 29, 2018

Tilia tomentosa, Arnold Arboretum, 1945

Tilia tomentosa

Tilia tomentosa, Arnold Arboretum, 1945 [Title from recto of mount.] Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962, American, Austrian) Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States September 1945 Tilia tomentosa, also known as silver linden in the United States and silver lime in the United Kingdom, is a species of flowering plant in the family […]

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Snow Scenes, winter, conifers, 1966

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
March 19, 2018

Snow Scenes, winter, conifers, 1966

Snow Scenes, winter, conifers, 1966

Snow Scenes, winter, conifers, 1966 [Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Conifer Collection in the snow Photograph by Howard, Heman Arthur, American Conifer Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States February 3, 1966 A larger version of this image is available in Hollis Images. Herman Howard joined the Arnold Arboretum staff in 1929 […]

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Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) in the snow, 2018

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
March 13, 2018

Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) in the snow, 2018

Dawn Redwood

Metasequoia glyptostroboides Photograph by Larissa Glasser Meadow Road, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA March 8, 2018 Sometimes catching a moment in our landscape is a matter of opportunity and timing. With the lingering morning snow still fresh, the only sign of human intervention was the well-plowed Meadow Road (thanks to our Grounds crew). Larissa had […]

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Plant: Exploring the Botanical World

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
February 27, 2018

Plant: Exploring the Botanical World

Plant: Exploring the Botanical World

Plant: Exploring the Botanical World Conceived and edited by Phaidon editors The ultimate gift for gardeners and art-lovers, featuring 300 of the most beautiful and pioneering botanical images ever. Following in the footsteps of the international bestseller Map: Exploring the World, this fresh and visually stunning survey celebrates the extraordinary beauty and diversity of plants. […]

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Japanese Umbrella Pine, Japan, 1914

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
February 20, 2018

Japanese Umbrella Pine, Japan, 1914

Japanese Umbrella Pine, Japan, 1914

Sciadopitys verticillata Japan [Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Tree trunk with man Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) American, English Koya-san, Kii province, Hondo, Japan. December 3, 1914 A larger version of this image is available in Hollis Images. Ernest Henry Wilson is one of the most prolific, renowned, and farthest traveled plant […]

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On the slopes of the Lichiang snow ranges, over the Lichiang valley, 1922

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
January 22, 2018

On the slopes of the Lichiang snow ranges, over the Lichiang valley, 1922

Snowy mountaintop

[China (Yunnan)] Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962, American, Austrian) Yunnan Sheng, China July 8, 1922 A larger version of this image is available in Hollis Images. Joseph Charles Francis Rock (1884–1962) was, among many things, an explorer. He traveled in Asia from 1920 until 1949 collecting plants for various institutions including the U.S. […]

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Some wonderful moments at the Arnold Arboretum in 2017

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
January 1, 2018

Some wonderful moments at the Arnold Arboretum in 2017

Highlights from 2017_DirectorsBlog

2017 has been a magnificent year at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. The trees, shrubs, and lianas dazzled, but of course, not in exactly the same way as in 2016, or for that matter, any other year since the dawn of time. To begin 2018, I share 12 moments from my wanderings in the […]

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