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By adamg - 9/15/20 - 9:59 am
Sunrise over the Arboretum, with plenty of haze in the air

Mary Ellen watched the sun come up through a haze from West Coast forest fires this morning at the Arnold Arboretum.

By adamg - 8/3/20 - 2:03 pm

The Harvard Gazette reports a researcher has discovered a new bacterium on solar panels atop the Arnold Arboretum's Hunnewell Building. Read more.

By adamg - 5/26/20 - 9:59 pm

Kelley O'Shea caught an impromptu concert at the top of Peters Hill in the Arnold Arboretum today by West Roxbury's Noah on violin and JP's Julian on bass: Read more.

By adamg - 5/10/20 - 3:18 pm
Sign warns of Covid-19 risk from sniffing lilacs

Gedalia couldn't help but notice signs at the Arnold Arboretum today warning of the dangers of what is normally one of the joys of living in Boston - stuffing your face in lilacs at the Arnold Arboretum in May. As with some many other pleasures, it's now too risky, except perhaps, downwind, from at least six feet away.

By adamg - 5/10/20 - 12:24 pm

Arnold Arboretum | Spring

The Arnold Arboretum canceled its traditional Lilac Sunday today, but Greg Cook provided an online way to enjoy the lilacs, if without the aroma. Read more.

By adamg - 5/2/20 - 3:25 pm
Parking at the Arboretum on Bussey Street

To try to reduce the number of people in the Arnold Arboretum at one time, the city and state put up sawhorses and signs along Bussey Street and the Arborway to ban parking. Several concerned citizens filed 311 complaints today (like this one) that people have simply moved the sawhorses so they can go for a walk.

Ned Friedman seems like a nice guy, don't make him angry.

By adamg - 5/1/20 - 11:12 am

Jamaica Plain News reports the Arnold Arboretum is asking people to stay away on May 10 because there's no way to maintain social distancing with the sorts of crowds that usually come that day to sniff the lilacs.

The Arboretum, which announced the Lilac Sunday cancellation a month ago, says the lilacs will be in bloom before and after May 10, so no reason to cram in on that one day.

By adamg - 4/22/20 - 10:40 pm

The day after Forest Hills Cemetery locked its gates to the public, the Harvard Gazette posts an interview with Arboretum Director Ned Friedman on the importance of keeping his grounds open during a pandemic, at least as long as people practice social distancing: Read more.

By adamg - 4/10/20 - 10:19 am
Needles of the pine variety

A citizen who fancies himself a real wit filed a 311 request for a needle pickup in the Arnold Arboretum:

Read more.

By adamg - 4/10/20 - 9:08 am
Parking at the Arboretum on Bussey Street

Update, 11 a.m. The Arborway is now lined with "No Parking" signs, but Bussey Street and the parking lot on Water Street were still unmarked and in use.

The Arnold Arboretum announced this morning: Read more.

By adamg - 4/4/20 - 4:09 pm
No Lilac Sunday at the Arboretum

You can still sniff, but don't bring a crowd with you.

The Arnold Arboretum has canceled its annual Lilac Sunday on May 10 - and the picnicking and other events that go along with it. Read more.

By adamg - 3/21/20 - 8:40 pm

Parents in Jamaica Plain and Hyde Park report finding one tick apiece on their kids after spending some time yesterday at the Arnold Arboretum and Sherrin Woods, respectively.

By adamg - 11/1/19 - 5:04 pm

Arboretum Fall

Noah Shelby sent a drone up over the Arnold Arboretum the other day.

H/t Peter Cheung.

By adamg - 10/10/19 - 3:37 pm

Boston Police are thanking bystanders who helped them save the lives of two men yesterday - one of whom was getting ready to throw himself in front of a Needham Line train in Roslindale, the other of whom was trying to throw himself from an overpass onto the Expressway in Dorchester. Read more.

By adamg - 9/7/19 - 9:33 pm
Snapping turtle at Arnold Arboretum

The ponds at the Arboretum all have signs around them warning people they're home to snapping turtles and to enjoy them from afar. Read more.

By adamg - 8/29/19 - 9:20 pm

The Harvard Gazette reports the Arnold Arboretum has become part of a three-year study to see whether a moth species native to Ukraine can help battle the pod-producing black swallow wort, a particularly noxious and fast-growing weed that kills monarch butterflies - and nearby plants of other species. Read more.

By adamg - 8/13/19 - 8:37 pm

LITTLE WOMEN - Official Trailer (HD)

See how many Arboretum scenes you can spot in the trailer for the movie filmed here last fall.

By adamg - 7/25/19 - 2:33 pm

One of the miniature trees in the Arboretum's bonsai collection is 167 years old. And the Arboretum itself, of course, has a 1,000-year lease with the city of Boston. Steve Schneider, who oversees the 43 trees in the collection, is mindful of the long timeframes, the Harvard Gazette reports:

We’re a 1,000-year institution, so if someone says to me, 'You'll be long dead before it goes on display,' that’s OK with me.

By adamg - 5/11/19 - 10:17 am
Flowering crabapple trees at the Arnold Arboretum

Today's a good day for enjoying the crabapple trees on Peters Hill in the Arnold Arboretum, Mark Smith reports.

By adamg - 11/1/18 - 2:22 pm

The Harvard Gazette posts some photos from Tuesday's transformation of the Arnold Arboretum paths from a place to go jogging to a place where Little Women could roll along in horse-drawn carriages.

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