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Last updated: 4/9/19

How the Arboretum became the Arboretum: The first 25 years

The Arnold Arboretum did not come into existence full-formed, but had a long adolescence before it (literally) blossomed at 50.

The first director, Charles Sargent, prepared a 50-year report in 1922, before the end of his own 54-year tenure. But, what about the first 25 years?

We don't have a 25-year report, however, we do have photos and the engaging stories from that time. Join docent Emily Wheeler to hear those stories, as she takes you on a timeline through the walnut and oak collections, to the beeches, and back via Bussey Hill.

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