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Ned Friedman | Science in the Pleasure Ground: Reflections on the Arnold Arboretum

  • Harvard Center Shanghai Shanghai China (map)

Prof. William Friedman
Director of Arnold Arboretum, Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

5pm on Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Please join us on at the Harvard Center Shanghai for a special talk exploring the past, present, and future of the Arnold Arboretum, on Thursday, March 26, from 17:00-18:30. Prof. William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum and Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, will share highlights from the 142-year history of the oldest public arboretum in North America and its century-long work exploring the plants of China.

This event will also provide an opportunity to view the exhibition “Ernest Henry Wilson in China” at the Harvard Center Shanghai, featuring photographs taken in China by one of the Arboretum’s most celebrated plant explorers one hundred years ago. For three years beginning in 1907, Mr. Wilson explored western Hubei and western Sichuan provinces for the Arnold Arboretum. He returned to Boston in 1909 with over 700 photographs and hundreds of plant specimens and seeds. Photographs selected for this exhibition were all from this trip. He brought to the UK and USA not only many new plants, but also the art of Chinese horticulture, that is, the idea of “building gardens by imitating the natural landscape”. From his studies, he proved that China is the mother of world gardens. China has provided many plants, form apple trees to roses, to Western horticulture, thus building a scientific and cultural bridge between East and West.

The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library and Archives holds an extensive collection of materials associated with Ernest Wilson (

Seats are limited and are available on first come first served basis. Kindly RSVP immediately to Tracy Qin at [email protected]. Light refreshments will be served.

Event Details:
Date and time: March 26th , 2015; 17:00 reception; 17:30-18:30 talk with Q&A
Venue: Harvard Center Shanghai 5F, HSBC Building, Shanghai IFC, 8 Century Avenue, Shanghai
Tel: 86 (21) 3852-3800
Cost: Free (By Invitation Only)

Earlier Event: March 18
Alumni Mixer at Crocus
Later Event: April 15
Alumni Mixer at Abbey Road