Sophora japonica (Scholar Tree) China, 1907

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 20, 2019

Sophora japonica (Scholar Tree) China, 1907

Tree trunk and roots with a building in the background

Sophora japonica China Alternate Title: Tree trunk and roots with a building in the background Photograph by Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875-1918), Dutch, American Ping tu, Hebei Sheng, China November 17, 1907 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS Images. Frank Nicholas Meyer began his career at the Amsterdam Botanical Garden where he […]

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Tibetans watching a horse race from their trucks at a summer festival east of Xiaquka, 2000

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 9, 2019

Tibetans watching a horse race from their trucks at a summer festival east of Xiaquka, 2000

Tibetans watching a horse race from their trucks at a summer festival east of Xiaquka [Xagquka]

Tibetans watching a horse race from their trucks at a summer festival east of Xiaquka [Xagquka] Photograph by Richard H. Ree, 1973- Highway 317 from Qamdo to Lhasa, Tibet, China August 11, 2000 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS Images. Richard H. Ree received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2001 and […]

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Lilium formosum China, Ernest Henry Wilson, 1910

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
July 12, 2019

Lilium formosum China, Ernest Henry Wilson, 1910

Lilium formosum China, Ernest Henry Wilson, 1910

Lilium formosum China, Ernest Henry Wilson, 1910 Alternate Title: Flower Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson, 1876-1930, American, English July 14, 1910 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS Images. Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) was the furthest traveled of all the Arnold Arboretum’s plant explorers and collectors of the early twentieth century. It […]

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Notes from the field – a Japanese maple in May

by Michael Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections
June 10, 2019

Notes from the field – a Japanese maple in May

Several mature Acer pycnanthum (left side) growing among other broadleaved trees in Sendanbayashi – note the grayish-green leaves

Most of the temperate trees and shrubs that grow in the Arnold Arboretum’s living collections ripen their fruits in late summer or autumn. As a result, expeditions to wild places to collect seed take place around the same time. Unfortunately, this means our collections may lack species whose fruits are ripe for the picking much […]

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Portrait of Charles Sprague Sargent, J. E. Purdy & Co.

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
May 1, 2019

Portrait of Charles Sprague Sargent, J. E. Purdy & Co.

Charles Sprague Sargent

Charles Sprague Sargent Photograph by J. E. Purdy & Co., n.d. A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS Images. The Arnold Arboretum did not come into existence full-formed, but had a long adolescence before it (literally) blossomed at 50. Our founding director, Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927), prepared a 50-year report in 1922, […]

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Metasequoia glyptostroboides across from The Meadow, 2019

by Larissa Glasser
April 25, 2019

Metasequoia glyptostroboides across from The Meadow, 2019

Metasequoia spring 2019

Metasequoia glyptostroboides across from The Meadow, 2019 Photograph by Larissa Glasser Meadow Road, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts April 10, 2019 Metasequoia glyptostroboides, popularly known in the west as the “dawn redwood” and in Chinese as shui-sha (water fir), was discovered in the Hupeh (Hubei) Province on the border of Szechuan (Sichuan) Province in west […]

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Forsythia

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
April 15, 2019

Forsythia

Ektachrome color image of Forsythia from 1940

April is the perfect month to catch the bright flowering of Forsythia. Spring is manifest in these golden-flowered, deciduous shrubs, and the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library curates a number of brilliant Ektachrome color images of Forsythia like the one featured here, captured by an unknown photographer on Beech Path looking toward the ponds, available through […]

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Castanopsis taiwaniana Formosa (Taiwan), 1918

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
April 11, 2019

Castanopsis taiwaniana Formosa (Taiwan), 1918

Castanopsis taiwaniana Formosa, 1918

Castanopsis taiwaniana Formosa (Taiwan), 1918 [Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Tree habit Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), American, English Funkiko (Taiwan) January 28, 1918 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS Images. Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) was the furthest traveled of all the Arnold Arboretum’s plant explorers and collectors […]

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Hydrangea at Basong Hu, China, 2000

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
March 28, 2019

Legacies and New Directions in Mapping

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 22, 2019

Legacies and New Directions in Mapping

From the original Frederick Law Olmsted paper map imagining “Harvard’s Arboretum” to advanced satellite navigation systems that track our landscape on your desktop or mobile device, mapping is fundamental to documenting our 281-acre landscape and plant collections. Historical maps highlight our legacy of plant exploration and depict the development of the Arboretum, including a grid […]

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