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The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

125 Arborway, Boston, Massachusetts 02130 USA

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Open Now
Wed 6:30a-4:30p
  • Independent
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“america's oldest arboretum”

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is the oldest public arboretum in North America and one of the world’s leading centers for the study of plants. Established in 1872 and planned and designed in collaboration with Frederick Law Olmsted, the Arnold Arboretum is a National Historic Landmark and one of the best preserved of Olmsted’s landscapes. Founded as a public-private partnership between the City of Boston and Harvard University, the Arnold Arboretum is a unique blend of respected research institution and beloved public park in Boston’s Emerald Necklace. Occupying 281 acres, the Arboretum’s living collection of trees, shrubs, and woody vines is recognized as one of the most comprehensive and best documented of its kind in the world. The living collection is supported by comprehensive curatorial documentation, herbaria containing more than 1.3 million specimens, extensive library and archival holdings, and a 43,000-square-foot state-of-the-art research center. These facilities and holdings, along with 75 full-time staff, provide the basis for research and education by Harvard faculty and students, Arboretum scholars, and visiting scientists from around the world. Investigations focus on examining plant diversity from genomic, developmental, organismic, evolutionary, and ecosystem perspectives.

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StephenTownsley

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October 03, 2018

Nothing too special but a nice place to walk your dog or go for a run

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The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

125 Arborway
Boston, Massachusetts
02130 USA

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Open now until 4:30 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 6:30 am - 4:30 pm

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  • Independent
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