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Arboretum Anniversary

In Focus

The Arnold Arboretum

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Harvard’s 281-acre living museum. Free and open every day, the Arnold Arboretum engages the public through educational opportunities and programs for all ages.

Explore 150 years of plants and people

For more than 7,000 years, the land on which the Arnold Arboretum now sits has been inhabited and used by diverse societies and cultures of Indigenous People, including most recently the Massachusett Tribe.

Learn more about this Indigenous history
An old photograph of two men standing in front of a cherry blossom tree

Planting the seeds

Established in 1872 when the trustees of the will of James Arnold transferred a portion of Arnold’s estate to the President and Fellows of Harvard College, the Arboretum has become one of the world’s most comprehensive and best documented collections of temperate woody plants, and a hub of research, horticulture, and education.

Learn how the Arboretum put down its roots

Taking care of the Arboretum

William “Ned” Friedman

“It is my job to open the institution up to anyone and everyone so that this magnificent museum collection of woody temperate plants can be interpreted and interrogated.” – Ned, director

Faye Rosin

“Staff researchers, students, and scientists from around the world can move seamlessly from the trees in our landscape to a microscope in our labs.” – Faye, director of research facilitation

Tiffany Enzenbacher

“I have the honor to work alongside a talented greenhouse and nursery team to cultivate the next generation of plants that are ultimately destined for the living collection.” -Tiffany, head of plant production