Botanizing in the “Mother of Gardens”

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

Botanizing in the “Mother of Gardens”

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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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My favorite flower (this week)

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
July 31, 2017

My favorite flower (this week)

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One of the great delights of walking randomly in the Arnold Arboretum is the unanticipated discovery of a plant heretofore unnoticed. This week, Grewia biloba, a shrub I had never seen in flower, presented itself in full (but subtle) glory. The small white flowers with bright yellow eyes of stamens (pollen-producing structures) are stunning. What appear […]

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Dove tree takes wing

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
May 22, 2017

Dove tree takes wing

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“To my mind Davidia involucrata [the dove tree] is at once the most interesting and beautiful of all trees of the north-temperate flora.” Coming from Ernest Henry Wilson, the intrepid early twentieth century plant explorer for the Arnold Arboretum (and Veitch Nurseries before that), that is some mighty high praise! Right now, our magnificent 1904 (5159*A) […]

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Ernest Henry Wilson’s view of the country to the south of Ichang with Pinus massoniana, 1909

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
January 7, 2016

Ernest Henry Wilson’s view of the country to the south of Ichang with Pinus massoniana, 1909

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China – Ichang View of the country Alternate title: Snowy road with hills and houses beyond and men to left Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), American, English Yichang, Hubei Sheng, China January 20, 1909 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog. Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) was the furthest […]

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Plants of China: A Companion to the Flora of China

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
October 28, 2015

Plants of China: A Companion to the Flora of China

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Plants of China: A Companion to the Flora of China Edited by De-Yuan Hong and Stephen Blackmore The flora of China is astonishing in its diversity. With 32,500 species of vascular plants, over fifty per cent of which are endemic, it has more botanical variety than anywhere else in the world and provides unbroken connections […]

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