Most people hate weeds. This botanist loves them.

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
May 8, 2020

Most people hate weeds. This botanist loves them.

Peter-Del-Tredici-WBUR

Peter Del Tredici is a world expert on ginkgo, but what interests him most these days are weeds, or what he calls “spontaneous urban vegetation.” Learn more about his work in this field, including thoughts about his book on the topic Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast, in a segment on WBUR’s Earthwhile with Barbara Moran.

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Searching the Spontaneous Flora

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
February 12, 2018

Searching the Spontaneous Flora

Lilium superbum herbarium specimen

A “spontaneous” plant is defined as one that grows and reproduces without human care or intent. In the early twentieth century, Arnold Arboretum botanist Ernest Jesse Palmer collected over 2,000 herbarium specimens to represent the spontaneous plants that occurred on the Arboretum grounds. Palmer wanted to know how spontaneous vegetation reacted to the drastic changes […]

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Interview with Peter Del Tredici

by Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
March 20, 2012