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Established in 1872, 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, it is a unique blend of respected research institution and beloved public park in Boston’s Emerald Necklace. Occupying 281 acres, it’s living collection of trees, shrubs and woody vines is recognized as one of the most comprehensive and best documented of its kind. The living collection is supported by comprehensive curatorial documentation, herbaria containing more than 1.3 million specimens, extensive library, archival holdings and a 43,000 sq ft state-of-the-art research center. These facilities/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.
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