Working visit to USDA National Arboretum Herbarium

Collaborations meet life

When in Rome DC...

The plant collections - live (arboreta) and preserved (herbaria) are the staple in our group's reseach. It is with great delight, that I'm getting to know the people behind all this magic.

The recent example was the visit to the great Arnold Arboretum. This time, taking advantage of a trip to Washington DC, I visited the breathtaking USDA National Arboretum Herbarium.

Dr. Harlan Svoboda, the Herbarium Curator, graciously walked me over and across the available resources. On top of the VERY impressive pressed collections, the visit was very educational. I learned about the largest collection of the cultivated specimens. And about the seed herbarium. And about the troublesome housekeeping and some possible future developments. All mind-blowing, and very inspipring for the future research.

After that awesome visit, despite uncooperative weather, I took a walk around the grounds. All sorts of wonderful collections are there, including the balance-restoring, zen-like bonsais. The oldest was from the 1600s!

Thank you for the opportunity to visit, to talk all sorts of science, and for finally brining this long-lasting collaboration to life. Here's to future common prospects! (yes; plural!)

compactors insideComp oldBook seed bonsai panorama columns