Kalmia latifolia

by Brendan Keegan, Landscape Crew Gardener
June 14, 2019

Kalmia latifolia

Kalmia latifolia flowers

The small, fast Telico River is a jewel of east Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest. Its clear waters tumble past moss-covered riverbanks while mountain laurels (Kalmia latifolia) abound on the steep, rocky hillsides. My father often fly-fishes there, casting for the brook trout that sway beneath the rapids. When the Arboretum’s mountain laurels explode with flowers […]

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Spruce cone colors at peak

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
May 18, 2019

Arboretum gets a solar boost

by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist
April 25, 2019

Earliest spring is red

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
March 30, 2019

Earliest spring is red

silver maple flower

Early spring flowering is well underway at the Arnold Arboretum. Of special note today, are those wind-pollinated species whose flowers are essentially reduced to little more than the structures that produce pollen or seeds (no need for showy petals to attract pollinators). Among temperate woody plants, these early spring wind-pollinated taxa typically have unisexual flowers, […]

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Arnold Arboretum’s Michael Dosmann receives prestigious horticulture award

by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist
February 25, 2019

Arnold Arboretum’s Michael Dosmann receives prestigious horticulture award

Dosmann Presented Fairchild Award

Michael S. Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, was recently named the 2019 recipient of the David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration in recognition of his outstanding contributions to botanical exploration and horticulture. Awarded by the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG), the Fairchild Medal was presented to Dosmann […]

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Design course opens students’ eyes to ‘plant blindness’

by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist
February 20, 2019

Full moon, clear sky, trees, ice, lunar eclipse

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
January 21, 2019

Looking ahead to a botanically rich new year

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
January 3, 2019

Looking ahead to a botanically rich new year

Tsuga diversifolia

With so much to be thankful for—extraordinary plants, a magnificent landscape, devoted colleagues, and a passionate community of friends of the Arnold Arboretum—I wish all of you a joyous new year, filled with the wonderment of nature. From the depths of winter dormancy, I have chosen one of my favorite memories (among many) of 2018: […]

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Samaras in the sun

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
December 10, 2018

Samaras in the sun

Acer samaras

This past week has been an unbroken streak of sunshine and intense blue skies in Boston, with crisp cold temperatures—perfect for extended walks in the Arnold Arboretum. As I wandered in the Maple Collection, one tree took my breath away, an Amur maple, Acer tataricum ssp. ginnala (701-63*E), whose translucent membranous winged fruits (samaras) collectively […]

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Nothing gold can stay

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
November 10, 2018