Nor’easters exact toll on Arboretum trees

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 15, 2018

Nor’easters exact toll on Arboretum trees

Picea x notha 13406-A

Three consecutive nor’easters in March left their mark on the renowned tree collections at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, with some 30 Arboretum accessions lost or slated for removal due to major damage. The most devastating of the three storms at the Arboretum was the first, Winter Storm Riley, which slammed Boston and much […]

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China – Tibetan children

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 20, 2015

China – Tibetan children

Tibetan girl carrying small child

China – Tibetan children [Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Girl carrying small child Photograph by William Purdom (1880-1921) 1909-1911 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog. Read more about the life and travels of William Purdom and other plant explorers in our Image Collection. The Archive Collection […]

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Picturing People: The Photographs of William Purdom

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
September 24, 2014

Picturing People: The Photographs of William Purdom

Charcoal carriers, China

William Purdom (1880–1921) was born in Heversham, Westmoreland, England. He worked in nurseries for Low & Sons in Enfield and later for James Veitch at Coombe Wood, Surrey where he learned the horticultural trade. In 1902, he became a sub-foreman of the Arboretum Nurseries at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and in 1905 enrolled at […]

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