Roads, winter, Meadow Road, snow, 1966

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
February 1, 2018

Roads, winter, Meadow Road, snow, 1966

Roads, winter, Meadow Road, snow, 1966

Roads, winter, Meadow Road, snow, 1966 Alternate Title: Meadow Road in the snow near the Linden (Tilia) Collection Photographer unknown Meadow Road, Linden Collection, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States January 1966 A larger version of this image is available in Hollis Images. Commonly called linden, lime, and basswood, Tilia are mostly large, deciduous […]

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Smooth and colorful bark

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
January 16, 2018

Snow Scenes, winter, tracks in the snow, 1980

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
January 11, 2018

Snow Scenes, winter, tracks in the snow, 1980

Snow Scenes, winter, tracks in the snow, 1980

Snow Scenes, winter, tracks in the snow, ca. 1980 Photograph by Boston Review, Boston, MA, United States [1982] Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States ca. 1980 A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s HOLLIS+ catalog. The Conifer Collection of the Arnold Arboretum is comprised of 567 gymnosperm taxa (or kinds) […]

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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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Bussey Brook, winter, beeches, 1924

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
December 7, 2017

Bussey Brook, winter, beeches, 1924

Bussey Brook, winter, beeches, 1924

Bussey Brook valley with American Beeches (Fagus grandifolia) in the foreground Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) American, English Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States January 24, 1924 Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) was the furthest traveled of all the Arnold Arboretum’s plant explorers and collectors of the early twentieth century. It is not an overstatement to […]

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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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Hunnewell Building with moon and jet, winter, 2017

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
November 16, 2017

Hunnewell Building with moon and jet, winter, 2017

Hunnewell Building with moon and jet, winter, 2017

Hunnewell Building with moon and jet, winter, 2017 Photograph by Larissa Glasser Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States November 9, 2017 Larissa noticed the morning moon and jet stream perfectly framed in the clear sky above The Hunnewell Building, and shot the moment with her phone. The library staff member couldn’t resist sharing the […]

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Silk tree, Albizzia julibrissin, near Hunnewell Building, 1989

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 25, 2017

Silk tree, Albizzia julibrissin, near Hunnewell Building, 1989

Albizzia julibrissin

Silk tree, Albizzia julibrissin, near Hunnewell Building, 1989 Photograph by István Racz and Zsolt Debreczy (n.d.), Hungary Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States December 13, 1989 Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) was the furthest-traveled of all the Arnold Arboretum’s plant explorers of the early twentieth century. In 1918, Wilson collected seeds of Albizia juibrissin in […]

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Terraced hillside with snow, Ichang, 1908

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
March 23, 2017

Terraced hillside with snow, Ichang, 1908

Terraced hillside with snow, Ichang, 1908

Ichang [Title from label in photograph album.] Alternate Title: Terraced hillside with snow Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930, American, English) Yichang, Hubei Sheng, China March 3, 1908 A larger version of this image is available in HOLLIS, the online catalog of Harvard Library. Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) was the furthest traveled of all the […]

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Twisted trees in the Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
February 27, 2017

Twisted trees in the Arboretum

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With snow still on the ground, but temperatures rising fast, last Monday I came upon the gnarled and pendulous cultivar of the white mulberry (Morus alba ‘pendula’ 5165*A) on Bussey Hill – acquired by the Arnold Arboretum in 1903. It appeared as some sort of sea serpent (well, snow serpent in this case) emerging from the lower […]

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