THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

September 2012

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September 10

Guided Tour: Green Roof

Monday, September 10, 3 to 4:30 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 different roofs 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 access each 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.

September 12

Nature's Narratives: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Wednesday, September 12, 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Gillespie Room, Wister Center

Join fellow garden enthusiasts and book lovers as they discuss books about plants, nature, and the environment. “Nature’s Narratives” is a book discussion group sponsored by the Scott Arboretum where readers come together to discuss a book once a month and share in the reading experience.

This month the group will discuss Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Dillard won the Pulitzer Prize for this book of essays about her home and life in Virginia's Blue Ridge Valley.

The discussions are free and open to the public. Participants will need to read each month’s selection prior to the discussion. Call 610-328-8025 to register.

September 13

Excursion: Grounds for Sculpture, Rat's Restaurant, Princeton Univeristy Campus

Thursday, September 13, departs 7:30 am
Departs from Wister Center

Discover Princeton University’s historic campus and learn about its formal gardens and collection of trees. The group will have time to meander through Princeton’s charming and eclectic town. The next stop will be the nearby Grounds For Sculpture. The group will enjoy a delicious lunch at the noteworthy Rat’s Restaurant, which has a delightfully imaginative ambiance. The restaurant is named after the character Ratty in Kenneth Grahame's classic, The Wind in the Willows, as Ratty represented everything a host should be. We will then have the afternoon to explore the 35 landscaped acres and the diverse collection of over 250 indoor and outdoor sculptures. Some of the memorable art installations include tableaus by J. Seward Johnson, an American realist artist who bases his work on well-known nineteenth-century paintings. Don’t miss this unique day of gardens, art, and French-inspired comfort cuisine. Limited to 20. Trips are a member-only benefit.


Member registration fee: $100 includes lunch and admission.

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


Cancellation Policy: No refunds are available for day bus trips or At Home Series. The Scott Arboretum retains the right to cancel any program due to lack of enrollment or unforeseen problems in which case a refund wil be issue.

September 15

Guided Tour: Arboretum Highlights

Saturday, September 15, 3 to 4:30 pm
Tours depart from the Scott Arboretum Offices and are free and open to the public.

Explore the Scott Arboretum's plant collections with Arboretum staff. This tour is geared for gardeners from beginners to experts. 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.

September 21

At Home Series: Private Garden of Liz and Ralph Schumacher

Friday, September 21, 10 am to Noon
Drive on your own.

The Schumacher garden in Gulph Mills was developed over forty-five years. It is a terraced garden known for its specimen plants, interesting ornaments skillfully placed throughout the garden, and especially for the resourceful and clever way the Schumacher’s have created an enchanting space on what was once just a very challenging barren hillside. Liz Schumacher is owner of Garden Accents of West Conshohocken, where she has assembled a collection of antique, hand-crafted, and original pieces for the garden. Please note there are steep inclines in this garden.

This trip was organized by Betsy Gullan. Betsy administered domestic and foreign trips for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for 26 years. The Scott Arboretum is pleased to have her expertise in planning this trip. Limited to 25. Trips are a member-only benefit.


Member registration fee: $20.

Call 610-328-8025 to register.


Cancellation Policy: No refunds are available for day bus trips or At Home Series. The Scott Arboretum retains the right to cancel any program due to lack of enrollment or unforeseen problems in which case a refund wil be issue.

September 27

The Botany Behind Bluecoat Gin

Thursday, September 27, 6:30 to 8:30 pm SOLD OUT
Gillespie Room, Wister Center

Join Meredith Maciolek of Philadelphia Distilling and Bluecoat American Dry Gin for a class devoted to the botanicals found in their superb gin. While learning about the history of gin and how it is made, Meredith will compare the dried botanicals to the fresh and show how they work together to make the gin the refreshing liquor that it is. Of course while we are learning, we will be sampling! Snacks will also be served to go along with the beverages. Limited to 24.


Registration fee: $40                      Members: $30

SOLD OUT


Cancellation Policy: Refunds for classes will only be available if notice is given 10 business days before the class.The Scott Arboretum retains the right to cancel any program due to lack of enrollment or unforeseen problems in which case a refund wil be issue.