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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Some wonderful moments at the Arnold Arboretum in 2017

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
January 1, 2018

Some wonderful moments at the Arnold Arboretum in 2017

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2017 has been a magnificent year at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. The trees, shrubs, and lianas dazzled, but of course, not in exactly the same way as in 2016, or for that matter, any other year since the dawn of time. To begin 2018, I share 12 moments from my wanderings in the […]

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Mountain chestnut oaks outsmart squirrels!

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
December 2, 2017

Mountain chestnut oaks outsmart squirrels!

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Two weeks ago, I wondered why the acorns of mountain chestnut oak (Quercus montana), like most other species in the white oak section of the genus, germinate soon after hitting the ground in the fall. This week, I excavated a seedling, and as you can see, the root system is already well developed, although the […]

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Stop and smell the ginkgo seeds

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
November 4, 2017

Stop and smell the ginkgo seeds

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When I look at these pictures, I can practically smell them! And my hope is that you will take my advice and go smell for yourself. Because, no one can be said to truly know the ginkgo without experiencing the aroma of the seeds right about now. Ginkgo biloba is dioecious, with separate seed-bearing trees and […]

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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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Minute plants at the Arnold Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
April 3, 2017

2016 Favorites and a New Year’s Resolution

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
January 1, 2017

2016 Favorites and a New Year’s Resolution

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“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…” Well, you know the rest. But, if I may, please make a resolution for 2017 to step off your familiar paths in the Arnold Arboretum and explore some new territory, with magnificent plants and vistas yet unseen. And if you have not been to the Arnold Arboretum recently, […]

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Gleditsia in the Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
December 5, 2016

Gleditsia in the Arboretum

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The Arnold Arboretum has two wonderful clusters of honey locust trees (genus Gleditsia); one on the west flank of Peters Hill, and the other appropriately embedded in the legume (pea family) collection next to Rehder Pond. Now is a great time to literally see the (pea pod-like) fruits of these trees’ labors, hanging (or on the […]

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Focus on Phenology: Midsummer Marvels

by Danny Schissler, Research and Projects Coordinator, Friedman Lab
July 29, 2016

Focus on Phenology: Midsummer Marvels

Legumes and loments, cypselas and capsules, samaras and schizocarps! Fruits (in the botanic sense) come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, many of which can be found growing inconspicuously among the shady canopies of the Arboretum. These hot and hazy summer days mark a critical transition period, as fertilized flowers transform slowly and […]

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The World’s Longest-Running Experiment is Buried in a Secret Spot in Michigan

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
April 27, 2016

The World’s Longest-Running Experiment is Buried in a Secret Spot in Michigan

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The World’s Longest-Running Experiment is Buried in a Secret Spot in Michigan feature by Cara Giaimo, Atlas Obscura In the fall of 1879, Dr. William James Beal (1833-1924) walked to a secret spot on Michigan State University’s campus and planted a strange crop: 20 narrow-necked glass bottles, each filled with a mixture of moist sand […]

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