Whitesbog blues

by Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia
May 18, 2018

Whitesbog blues

At the grocery store, it’s easy to take fresh blueberries for granted. Packed within plastic cases, the jewel-like fruits are available year-round, almost without question. But a collection of blueberries at the Arnold Arboretum—that is to say, highbush blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum), which are now flowering—provides a reminder of the not-so-distant time when blueberries were just […]

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In Conversation With Hope Jahren

by Meghana Srinivasan
November 8, 2017

Celebrating Women in Science

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 20, 2017

Celebrating Women in Science

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At the Arnold Arboretum, we strive every day to embody our core values. A strong commitment to social and economic justice drives our public outreach, from offering enrichment programs for Boston schoolchildren and free admission for all to providing equal opportunities for women to succeed in science. This Women’s History Month, we honor some of […]

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Wild-Collecting Women: The Arnold Arboretum’s Female Plant Explorers

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 16, 2017

Wild-Collecting Women: The Arnold Arboretum’s Female Plant Explorers

Susan Delano McKelvey

The first week of my Living Collections Fellowship last June was memorable for many reasons, but in part for the immediate exposure I got to the Arnold Arboretum’s celebrated plant collecting legacy. I joined the 2016 cohort of the Hunnewell Internship Program, Manager of Horticulture Andrew Gapinski, and Living Collections Fellow Robert Dowell on a […]

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Arboretum Values: Collect, Share, Study, Steward

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
December 12, 2016

Arboretum Values: Collect, Share, Study, Steward

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As all of you who graciously read my Posts know, I truly love the Arnold Arboretum. It is a deeply important part of my life. That said, we are living in unsettling times, and I have been thinking hard about the interrelated questions, “what does the Arnold Arboretum stand for, and what does it mean to the […]

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Science IRL Features Arboretum Scientists on Butterfly Behavior and Plant Evolution

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
October 19, 2016

Science IRL Features Arboretum Scientists on Butterfly Behavior and Plant Evolution

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How can butterfly behavior influence plant evolution? On the latest episode of Science IRL, Arnold Arboretum scientists Robin Hopkins and Heather Briggs take us through their research investigating this question. Watch the episode to get an inside look at their research into the effects of pipevine swallowtail behavior on the evolution of flower color in […]

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Lab Girl

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 26, 2016

Girls in STEM visit the Arboretum

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
August 18, 2015

Girls in STEM visit the Arboretum

Although women represent nearly half of the country’s work force, they make up only a quarter of workers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The topic has come to national attention recently, as the US Department of Labor expects that there will be 1.2 million job openings in STEM related fields by 2018, […]

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The Gendered History of the Arnold Arboretum

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
October 22, 2013

The Gendered History of the Arnold Arboretum

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Displays in the Visitor Center at the Arnold Arboretum read like a historical timeline of distinguished men who made the institution what it is today. Portraits of figures such as the Arboretum’s Founding Director, Charles Sprague Sargent, and the famous collector of East Asian and North American plants, E. H. Wilson, grace the walls alongside […]

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