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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Botanizing in the “Mother of Gardens”

by Meghana Srinivasan, Marketing and Communications Specialist
January 10, 2018

Botanizing in the “Mother of Gardens”

China Expedition 2017_Jonathan Shaw

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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The Arnold Arboretum Collector’s Tool Kit: A new resource for expedition collectors

by Meghana Srinivasan, Marketing and Communications Specialist
December 19, 2017

The Arnold Arboretum Collector’s Tool Kit: A new resource for expedition collectors

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As The Campaign for the Living Collections sources new, rare, and endangered plant material for the Arnold Arboretum Living Collections, it also generates new knowledge and best practices for conducting expeditions. To document this information and share it with the botanical garden community, the Arboretum has created a Expedition Tool Kit [pdf] which will serve […]

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North Meadow, fall, Dawn Redwood, 1980

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
November 6, 2017

North Meadow, fall, Dawn Redwood, 1980

North Meadow, fall, Dawn Redwood, 1980

North Meadow, fall, Dawn Redwood, 1980 Alternate Title: North Meadow with a Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) on the right Photograph by Carl Lobig North Meadow, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States October 1980 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Hollis Images catalog. Metasequoia glyptostroboides, popularly known in the west […]

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Collaborating in the Coastal Southeast: A Multi-Institution Expedition along the Coasts of North and South Carolina

by Jenna Zukswert, Living Collections Fellow and Sean Halloran, Plant Propagator
October 31, 2017

Collaborating in the Coastal Southeast: A Multi-Institution Expedition along the Coasts of North and South Carolina

COSE Team Members 2017

The Arnold Arboretum is currently in the midst of a Campaign for the Living Collections, an ambitious effort to increase and diversify our living collections in the landscape. We, however, are not alone in aiming to enhance our temperate woody plant collections. As we learned in October, collaborations with other public gardens that are also […]

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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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Into the Hills: An Expedition into the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri

by Robert Dowell, Living Collections Fellow and Kea Woodruff, Weld Hill Growth Facilities Manager
October 10, 2017

Into the Hills: An Expedition into the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri

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By Robert Dowell and Kea Woodruff During the last week of September, an Arboretum plant collecting team including Living Collections Fellow Robert Dowell and Weld Hill Growth Facilities Manager Kea Woodruff ventured through the diverse Ozark landscapes of Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri to secure living plant material for The Campaign for the Living Collections. […]

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Plant Collecting in the Wisconsin Wilds

by Tiffany Enzenbacher, Manager of Plant Production
August 30, 2017

Plant Collecting in the Wisconsin Wilds

Larix laricina, Fall 2017 Wisconsin expedition

As a team member of the first plant-collecting expedition of 2017 for the Campaign for the Living Collections, I am pleased to write that our trip to southeastern Wisconsin has been incredibly fruitful so far! Manager of Plant Records Kyle Port and I were granted permission to collect seed, saplings, and cuttings at several Nature […]

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Remembering Wilson the explorer in China

by Lisa Pearson, Head of Library and Archives
June 12, 2017

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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