Ask an Expert: Fabulous Fabaceae!

The Fabaceae is the pea or legume family of plants and are sometimes referred to by their old family name the Leguminosae. Members of the Fabaceae are easily recognizable by their flowers and especially by their distinctive fruits, which are always legumes. Hoyt Arboretum has several notable species of the Fabaceae in our living tree … Read more

AAPI History in the Botanical World

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month, and our series of cultural botanical connections continues with a set of resources for you to connect with, learn from, and/or support! This is a living document that’s expected to grow and change with time. As always, feel free to share resources that can continue … Read more

Weeds De-mystified!

Yes, Spring is here, and everything – plants, kids, daylight hours – is growing at an amazing rate. This is a very stressful time of year for me since all the yardwork, inside cleaning, vacation plans (even if we’re still shutdown, we need vacations!), and summer plans need to be done NOW! But, most important, … Read more

Ask an Expert: Hellebores!

One of the best places in the Arboretum to visit in late winter is the Winter Garden, where there is almost always something colorful and in bloom. Today, we discuss the hellebores – which also have the common names of lenten rose and Christmas rose – those plants of the genus Helleborus, which mostly bloom … Read more

Ask an Expert! Vibrant Violets

Down in a green and shady bed, A modest violet grew, Its stalk was bent, it hung its head, As if to hide from view… From The Violet, by J. Taylor Today, let’s talk about violets! Hoyt Arboretum is all about trees – different types, species, and their conservation. The Arboretum however, also has abundant … Read more

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