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A new geographic information system (GIS) device being employed at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Harold L. Lyon Arboretum allows users to locate plants on its property and view metadata gathered over 100 years.
“This new interface opens up 100 years of Lyon’s collections history right onto your laptop,” said Rakan Zahawi, Lyon Arboretum director. “It is a great tool for both researchers and avid plant enthusiasts, and we hope that it will get a lot of use.”
The lab is headed by Jessica Adinolfi, who was a GIS analyst with the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
By Blake Foden
Only four are known to exist in the wild, making the Banksia vincentia one of Australia's rarest plants.
But conservationists in Canberra and on the NSW South Coast hope its critically endangered status will soon be a thing of the past as they work to drastically boost the flowering plant's numbers and secure its future.
By Katherine Gianni, photo by Ray Ewing
Tucked away in the woods of West Tisbury, the Polly Hill Arboretum has served as a not-so-secret garden since 1958 — officially opening as a public garden in 1998 when founder botanist Polly Hill was still alive.
To celebrate its 20th anniversary as a public garden, the arboretum is offering a Twenty Iconic Trees Tour, a series of walking tours that teaches visitors about some of the most intriguing trees on the property.
By Stephanie Hoina
Opened in 1863, and long known as the final resting place of some of history’s most notable figures— Irving Berlin, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Robert Moses, F.W. Woolworth, and Herman Melville, to name a few–the Bronx’s Woodlawn Cemetery and Conservatory is also home to many treasures of the living variety. When one of Woodlawn’s trees (of which there are a whopping 140 different species!) meets its ultimate fate, the cemetery doesn’t merely bury it but rather celebrates its life by carving it into an animal that can be found on the grounds.
By Seth Slabaugh, The Star Press
They aren't much to look at yet, but the two new theme gardens flanking the entrance to Emens Auditorium add to the list of reasons to walk, wheel, bicycle, tricycle or push a stroller through the grounds of Ball State University.
And if you don't like crowds, summer semester is the best time to visit. One recent weekday afternoon, The Star Press encountered more squirrels than people on the 731-acre campus.