Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, The

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United States of America - Massachusetts - Boston

Institution Code: AAH

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, The

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University discovers and disseminates knowledge of the plant kingdom to foster greater understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of the Earth’s botanical diversity and its essential value to humankind.

This is accomplished through three areas of activity:

The Arnold Arboretum promotes research by its scientific staff and other scientists to increase our knowledge of the biology and evolutionary history of plants.

The Arboretum is committed to attaining a leadership role in the management and presentation of botanical collections and landscapes.

Education programs are based on the unique resources of the Arnold Arboretum. They utilize the living collections and the cultural landscape, as well as the information resources and expertise of the staff to educate in the life sciences, plant biology, horticulture, and related disciplines.

In addition to these primary activities that fulfill our mission, the Arboretum maintains library, archival, herbarium and web resources to provide information, materials and support for Arboretum scientists and visiting researchers, as well as students and the interested public. These resources hold significant value as historical and/or biological records, and are managed and conserved utilizing the best available preservation practices. Information technology is critical both to the management of these resources and to the services that facilitate and promote their active use.

Main Address:
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, The
125 Arborway
Massachusetts 02130-3500 United States of America

Telephone: (617) 524-1718
Fax: (617) 524-1418
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Ned Friedman, Director
    Curator's Name: Michael Dosmann, Keeper of Living Collections
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Kathryn Richardson, Curatorial Assistant
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 27
    Educational Staff Number: 8
    Research Staff Number: 27
    Administration Staff Number: 19

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1872
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Total Area: 114 Hectares
    Latitude: 42.3077050
    Longitude: -71.1199090
    Annual Rainfall: 984 mm
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 1300000
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 114
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 250000

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 14475
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 3926
  • Special Collections:Catalpa, Celastrus, Celtis, Chamaecyparis, Clematis, Cornus, Corylus, Cotinus, Cotoneaster, Crataegus, Cytisus, Deutzia, Euonymus, Fagus, Forsythia, Fraxinus, Gleditsia, Hamamelis, Hedera, Hydrangea, Ilex, Juglans, Juniperus, Kamia, Ligustrum, Lonicera, Maackia, Magnolia, Mahonia, Malus, Morus, Paeonia, Philadelphus, Physocarpus, Picea, Pinus, Populus, Potentilla, Prunus, Pseudotsuga, Pterocarya, Pyrus, Quercus, Rhamnus, Rhododendron, Rhus, Ribes, Robinia, Rosa, Salix, Sambucus, Sorbaria, Sorbus, Spiraea, Symphoricarpos, Syringa, Taxus, Thuja, Tilia, Tsuga, Ulmus, Vaccinium, Viburnum, Vitis, Weigela.Threatened native plants, held as part of the Center for Plant Conservation National Collection.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: No
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: No
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: No
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: Yes
    Pollination Biology: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: No
    Sustainability: No
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: No
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes