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By adamg - 9/27/21 - 9:03 am

The Crimson recounts the history of Muddy Pond, which used to be in the "wild" side of the Arnold Arboretum, between South Street and Washington Street, which kept proving a death trap and which Harvard only finally did something about when the city started talking about taking the land by eminent domain to fix the problem.

By adamg - 9/3/21 - 12:04 pm
Coyote up a hill in the Roslindale part of the Arboretum

Yesterday, roving UHub photographer Dan Peters spied this comfy coyote up a hill at the part of the Arnold Arboretum in Roslindale that's across Walter Street from the main part of the Arbs, where the solar panels are.

By adamg - 6/10/21 - 9:31 am
Morning eclipse, with jet

Adam Balsam was among the many people who got up early to get a good view of the eclipse, which in his case meant a trip to Wollaston Beach. At first, it was disappointing, because clouds obscured the show as the sun broke above the horizon, but once the sun rose high enough, the show was on. Read more.

By adamg - 6/8/21 - 9:03 am
Orange sunrise over Peters Hill in the Arnold Arboretum and downtown Boston

Paul Friedmann watched the dawn of another hot day from the top of Peters Hill in the Arnold Arboretum.

The National Weather Service forecasts Wednesday will be as bad as today, then a cool front comes in and lowers both the temperature and the humidity for Thursday.

By adamg - 5/7/21 - 9:15 am

A sleep-deprived citizen filed a 311 complaint at 3:33 a.m. about the situation in the section of the Arboretum behind Washington Street in Roslindale near Forest Hills: Read more.

By adamg - 2/10/21 - 12:09 pm
Advancing coyote in the Arboretum

Grace Holley posed a question yesterday:

You’re on a snow walk in the Arboretum w your pup and you turn the corner and see this 15-20 ft away and it starts walking toward you...what do you do?

Meanwhile, Blvckmachina recorded about seven coyotes in his yard on Glenellen Road in West Roxbury around 4:50 a.m. on Sunday: Read more.

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.

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