Name the shades

by Jonathan Damery
June 4, 2018

What’s blooming?

by Terry Huang, Living Collections Fellow
May 31, 2018

Caring for the splendor of Rhododendron Dell

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
May 22, 2017

Caring for the splendor of Rhododendron Dell

Rhododendron 'King Tut'

Rhododendrons are inextricably linked to the history of our landscape. Horticulturalists had endeavored to hybridize these colorful flowering shrubs for northern and western gardens for well-over a hundred years, and they have proved worth the effort because of their evergreen variety and beauty in the landscape. Starting in the mid-1880s, Arboretum staff methodically evaluated these […]

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Joseph Rock with Nashi assistants, China 1925

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
January 12, 2017

Joseph Rock with Nashi assistants, China 1925

Joseph Rock with Nashi assistants, China 1925

China, Kan-su (Pei-ta-t’ung). J. F. Rock with some of his Nashi assistants. [Title from recto of mount.] Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962, American, Austrian) Haomen, Gansu Sheng, China November 14, 1925 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS, the online catalog of Harvard Library. “Near the top which we reached […]

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Plant expedition report – Republic of Georgia

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
June 27, 2016

Plant expedition report – Republic of Georgia

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Steve Schneider, Director of Operations at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, has been scouting and collecting future plant accessions in the Republic of Georgia. The Arnold is teamed up with botanists from the Munich Botanical Garden, the National Botanical Garden of Georgia (in Tbilisi) and the Batumi Botanical Garden. Steve writes: Plant diversity here […]

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Torch Azaleas on Bussey Hill near South Street, 1940

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
May 12, 2016

Torch Azaleas on Bussey Hill near South Street, 1940

Bussey Hill, spring, South Street, 1940

Bussey Hill, spring, South Street, 1940 Alternate Title: Torch Azaleas (Rhododendron kaempferi) near South Street Photographer unknown Bussey Hill, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States May 1940 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog. Bussey Hill formed the nucleus of The Arnold Arboretum in 1872. The 118-acre estate […]

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End of Year Favorites Part 3 (of 5): Focus on Flowers

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
January 4, 2016

End of Year Favorites Part 3 (of 5): Focus on Flowers

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Day three (of five) of some of my favorite photographic memories of the venerable plants of the Arnold Arboretum in 2015, with a focus on flowers. Abelia chinensis, Chinese abelia, in flower (with amazing fragrance) in October (1023-85*A) Rhododendron calendulaceum, flame azalea, with floral buds about to open in May (64-2012*A) Humulus lupulus, hops, female […]

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