22 Facts About Arnold Arboretum


Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is a botanical research institution and free public park, located in the Jamaica Plain and Roslindale neighborhoods of Boston, Massachusetts.

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In June 1872 Charles Sprague Sargent was appointed as a professor of horticulture and the curator of the Arnold Arboretum; the following year he was appointed director of both the Arnold Arboretum and the Harvard Botanic Garden.

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Arnold Arboretum has a long history of supporting plant exploration in North America, East Asia, and elsewhere.

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Arnold Arboretum led six collecting expeditions to Eastern Asia between 1899 and 1919.

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In 2015, the Arnold Arboretum staff launched a 10-year collecting campaign, prioritizing the collection of nearly 400 species, of which 177 have never been cultivated at the Arnold Arboretum.

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Today the Arnold Arboretum occupies 281 acres of land divided between four parcels, viz.

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The Arnold Arboretum remains one of the finest examples of a landscape designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.

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Arnold Arboretum is the Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.

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Arnold Arboretum was a key reference for the establishment and development of modern botany in China, in particular the work of Chinese scholars Li Huilin, Wang Qiwu, and Hu Xiuying.

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Arnold Arboretum is privately endowed as a unit of Harvard University.

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Public transportation to the Arnold Arboretum is available on the MBTA Orange Line to its terminus at Forest Hills Station and by bus to the Monument in Jamaica Plain.

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The Arnold Arboretum is within easy walking distance from either of these points.

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Arnold Arboretum occupies 281 acres in the Jamaica Plain and Roslindale sections of Boston.

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The Arnold Arboretum contains four notable hills: Bussey Hill, Peters Hill, Hemlock Hill, and Weld Hill.

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Index Herbariorum code assigned to Arnold Arboretum is A and it is used when citing housed specimens even after integration with Orchid Herbarium of Oakes Ames and Gray Herbarium .

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Mission of the Arnold Arboretum is to increase knowledge of the evolution and biology of woody plants.

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Currently the Arnold Arboretum utilizes a suite of ESRI Desktop and Mobile GIS software applications to manage, analyze, query, capture, manipulate, and display geographic information.

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Arnoldia, the quarterly magazine of the Arnold Arboretum, frequently publishes articles relating to the living collections.

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Publication of a journal targeting more scientific audience, Journal of the Arnold Arboretum, established in 1919 with Charles Sprague Sargent as editor-in-chief, was suspended in 1990, when it was incorporated into Harvard Papers in Botany .

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Arnold Arboretum maintains an institutional membership in the American Public Garden Association, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, and the International Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta.

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The Arnold Arboretum is a cooperating institution with the Center for Plant Conservation, and as an active member of the North American Plant Collections Consortium, it is committed to broadening and maintaining its holdings of: Acer, Carya, Fagus, Stewartia, Syringa, and Tsuga for the purposes of plant conservation, evaluation, and research.

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The Arnold Arboretum is a member of the North American China Plant Exploration Consortium .

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