August 2012

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August 23

Natural Lawn and Turf Management Training for Lawn Care Professionals

Thursday, August 2, 9 am to 4 pm
Friday, August 3, 9 am to 4 pm
Science Center Room 101

Learn about natural lawn and turf management. The two-day workshop will include:
• History of conventional management
• What is a “systems approach” to turf care?
• Understanding soil biology
• Choosing the right turf grass
• Managing soil fertility
• Cultural practices
• Understanding insects, weeds, disease and control products
• Managing transition periods
• Practical strategies for customer satisfaction
• Problem solving sessions

This event is co-sponsored by the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College and Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

This two-day workshop is taught by Chip Osborne, a professional horticulturist with over 35 years of experience in the green industry. He is the president of Osborne Organics, a company founded to provide education to the lawn care industry and public sector in alternative approaches to management that do not involve synthetic pesticides and chemical based fertilizers. His specialty is natural turf management. He has developed strategies through hands-on experience that assist in moving through a transition period. He is also a consultant in the industry with a focus in the area of organic turf management and pesticide elimination.

To register, contact 781-631-2468 or e-mail

August 18

Guided Tour: Summer Highlights

Saturday, August 18, 10 to 11:30 am
Tours depart from the Scott Arboretum Offices and are free and open to the public.

Join Claire Sawyers, director, for a free tour of the Scott Arboretum. Enjoy the splendor of summer blooms in the garden. 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.

August 2023

Excursion: Gardens of Chicago: World Class Wonders

Monday, August 20 through Thursday, August 23 SOLD OUT

Join us for a four-day, three-night excursion to see exclusive private gardens and inspiring city sites in and around Chicago August 20 - 23, 2012. Andrew Bunting and Julie Jenney will be your guides to experience “Gardens of Chicago: World Class Wonders” a trip that promises inspiration within gardens on par with some of the great gardens of the world.

Perennial beds of extraordinary color combinations, magnificent meadows, fanciful follies, and exquisite garden rooms make up the private garden portion of this trip. Time will also be spent at the remarkable Chicago Botanic Garden and Millennium Park where innovative public spaces and garden art will be sure to stimulate the senses. Speaking of which – a Scott Arboretum trip would not be complete without sampling some of the best local restaurants and foods along with time for shopping and sightseeing in downtown Chicago.

The trip begins with a boat tour of the city’s architecture, sure to provide a sense of wonderment of how Chicago was created and rises up today as well as an excellent historical overview. We will stay at the Burnham, a Kimpton Hotel, two blocks from Millennium Park with easy access to shopping, sites, and restaurants. We will have dinner together on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Tuesday you will be on your own to seek out the perfect deep dish pizza or relax at the hotel’s Atwood Café, described as an “enticing downtown Chicago American Restaurant.”

Trips are a members-only benefit of the Associates of Scott Arboretum. Click here to become a member. For a sneak peak at this trip don’t miss the Travels at Twelve “Gardens of Chicago: World Class Wonders” on Thursday, March 8 from noon to 1 pm in the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema.

August is a wonderful time to visit Chicago gardens – we hope you will join us! Download the itinary here. SOLD OUT