May 2012

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May 1

Crum Creek Clean-up

Tuesday, May 1, 9 am to Noon
Meet in James Frorer Holly Collection

Join the Scott Arboretum staff, Arboretum volunteers, students, and community members to beautify the space used by the whole community: the Crum Creek. Volunteers are needed on Tuesday, May 1 from 9 am to Noon to help pick up trash, install water bars, and remove log jams throughout Crum Creek and its surrounding areas on the Scott Arboretum grounds. Please dress appropriately and call 610-328-8025 to sign up as a volunteer.

May 2

Tree Peony Collection Tour and Reception with Mid-Atlantic Peony Society

Wednesday, May 2, 5 to 7 pm
Tree Peony Collection and Gillespie Room, Wister Center

All are welcome to attend the Mid-Atlantic Peony Society (MAPS) for a tour of the Tree Peony Collection with an opportunity to learn from peony experts. A reception will follow with refreshments and a chance to interact with other peony enthusiasts. For more information, please call the Scott Arboretum Offices at 610-328-8025.

Click here to register or call 610-328-8025.

May 5

Excursion: Ladew Garden Festival: Shopping Extravaganza!

Saturday, May 5, departs at 8:30 am with approx. return 6 pm CANCELED
Departs from Wister Center

Surrounded by the beauty of Ladew Topiary Gardens, shop from an exclusive collection of vendors featuring hard-to-find perennials and annuals, unusual exotics and container specialties plus decorative furniture, urns, statuary and other architectural treasures. This event is similar in style to Connecticut’s popular Trade Secrets. Enjoy lunch at the casual Ladew Café and exploring the gardens. We will have a special stop at Groff’s Plant Farm on the way home to round out your shopping experience! Limited to 30.


May 9

Guided Tour: A Walk with the Curator

Wednesday, May 9, 2:30 to 3:30 pm
Tours depart from the Scott Arboretum Offices and are free and open to the public.

Join Andrew Bunting, curator of the Scott Arboretum, for a free tour at the Scott Arboretum. "A Walk with the Curator" program provides an in-depth look at the collections, gardens, and plant selections through the eyes of the man responsible for curating the collection. Andrew Bunting will discuss the most recent accessions acquired for the collection, why plants were removed from the collection and maybe should be removed from your garden, as well as the latest garden designs at the Scott Arboretum.

The tour will begin at the Scott Arboretum Offices and is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the tour will be canceled. For more information, please call the Scott Arboretum Offices at 610-328-8025.

May 11

Blooming Bash! National Public Gardens Day Celebration

Friday, May 11, 4 to 6 pm

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with a Blooming Bash! Bring a friend and celebrate spring at the Scott Arboretum with a complimentary garden reception on Friday, May 11 from 4 to 6 pm. Enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of wine and light fare in the a lovely outdoor setting. Discover our inspiring gardens, part of “the most beautiful campus in America,” free to the public 365 days a year! Also, learn about the robust programming and fun opportunities the Scott Arboretum offers.

Join us for a relaxing evening in the Terry Shane Teaching Garden. In the event of rain, our reception will be moved inside our Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building, the Wister Center.

As a special offer, Blooming Bash guests who become members will receive a complimentary gift, along with an exciting bundle of benefits to enjoy throughout the year.
The fourth annual National Public Gardens Day, scheduled for May 11, 2012, is a national day of celebration that invites communities to explore the beauty of their local green spaces while raising awareness of the important role public gardens play in promoting conservation, education and environmental preservation. Annually scheduled on the Friday preceding Mother’s Day weekend, schools, families, garden enthusiasts and visitorsare invited to visit public gardens in their local community for special events and activities.
A partnership between the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) and irrigation product and service provider, Rain Bird, the 2012 National Public Gardens Day will showcase the contributions of public gardens with special events at many of the more than 500 North American public gardens.

May 12

Members Plant Exchange and Sale

Saturday, May 12, 10 am
Wister Center Parking Lot

This will be the 17th annual Exchange where members of the Scott Arboretum come together to donate and exchange plants from their own gardens. Members will receive the brochure with complete details in March. For more information contact 610-328-8025.

May 16

Guided Tour: Green Roof

Wednesday, May 16, 5 to 6:30 pm
Tours depart from the Scott Arboretum Offices and are free and open to the public.

Learn about the inner workings, benefits, and beauty of green roofs while exploring the three we have at the Arboretum. Please note the level of difficulty on these tours is higher than others we offer; a brisk walk and several steps are required to reach the final roof. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted on the roofs.

The tour will begin at the Scott Arboretum Offices and is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the tour will be canceled. For more information, please call the Scott Arboretum Offices at 610-328-8025.

May 1820

Unusual Tropicals and Annuals Sale

Friday, May 18 Preview Party 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 19 Members Shopping 10 am to Noon
Saturday, May 19 Public Shopping Noon to 3 pm
Sunday, May 20 Public Shopping 10 am to 2 pm
Wister Center

The Scott Arboretum will be having its second Unusual Annuals and Tropicals Sale on May 18-20. For many years the Scott Arboretum has showcased interesting tropicals and annuals in containers and various gardens around the campus from May to November. The tropical plants such as: Alocasia, Colocasia, and Xanthosoma (elephant ears); Canna; Ensete, Musa, and bromeliads create an effect that reminds you of the tropics. 

These plants are often hard to find in garden centers, so the Arboretum has decided to offer you many of the more unusual selections that we have tried over the years.  We will offer limited quantities of more than 200 selections ranging from the newest selections of traditional annuals such as marigolds and petunias to a complete range of tropicals for the garden.

Visit the Unusual Annuals and Tropicals Sale website for complete details.

May 22

Excursion: Private Gardens of Chestertown, Maryland

Tuesday, May 22, departs at 7:30 am approx. return at 6:30 pm
Departs from Wister Center

Chestertown, a riverfront colonial town on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake has many lovely private gardens. We will spend the morning with the owners of "Nearwater" where three acres of garden rooms flow artfully one into the other, showcasing a pond, summerhouse, perennials, evergreen and deciduous trees, and shrubs.  Amid this lushness is an outstanding collection of alpines in the garden and in troughs, with varieties rarely found in this region or even in the US. After a catered picnic lunch at a nearby garden, we will visit several smaller "town" gardens for a taste of Chestertown itself. Limited to 30.

Member only registration fee: $125

Call 610-328-8025 to register.