Goethe in the Garden

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
May 21, 2016

Goethe in the Garden

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So, what did Johann Wolfgang von Goethe have to say about redbuds (the genus Cercis)? Goethe’s wonderful observations on redbuds were published in his Italian Journey (Italienische Reise), at a time when he was deeply immersed in reflecting upon art, antiquities, and plant form – and importantly, spending time in botanical gardens to decipher the underlying principles […]

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Natural mutants of redbud

by Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
September 23, 2013

Natural mutants of redbud

William (Ned) Friedman introduces two natural mutants found in the Arboretum’s living collection in Arnoldia. One, Cercis canadensis, accession 10-68-B, is an eastern redbud that has developed a spontaneous mutation in flower color on a single branch. Another natural mutation is observed in Kalmia latifolia, accession 2458. The petals of this flower have been converted to stamens complete with pollen production. pdf »

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