THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

October 2012

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October 3

Excursion: US Botanic Garden, Kreeger Museum, and National Cathedral Gardens*

Wednesday, October 3, depart 7:15 am
Departs from Wister Center.

Executive director Holly Shimizu of the US Botanic Garden will greet us before our guided tour of the Conservatory Gardens and the National Garden. The US Botanic Garden at the base of the Capitol is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America, steeped in history and rich in tradition. It emphasizes the importance and value of plants to the well-being of man and highlights the diversity of plants worldwide. Under the leadership of Holly Shimizu, the Garden is moving in many new directions and has received numerous awards. The US Botanic Garden is gaining national recognition for its work in sustainability, plant conservation and its national partnerships with botanical institutions.

After our tour we'll walk a short distance to the National Museum of the American Indian's Mitsitam Cafe (cafeteria style), considered by many to be the best eatery on the Mall. You can enjoy indigenous cuisines of the Americas: Northern Woodlands, Mesoamerica, South America, Northwest Coast, and Great Plains regions.

Our next stop will be the Kreeger Museum, former home of Carmen and David Kreeger, for a guided tour. The Kreeger, a private, non-profit museum, is a little-known gem housed in a building designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson. It showcases the collection of 19th and 20th century European and American art, including African masks and Asian sculptures. Highlights of the collection include works by Monet, Picasso, Miro, van Gogh, Renoir, Cezanne, Chagall, Rodin, Arp, Kandinsky, and Washington DC artists Gene Davis, Sam Gilliam, and William Christenberry.

*Unfortunately, the National Cathedral Gardens will be under renovation during the time we intend to visit.  The gardens suffered considerable damage from last year's earthquake and because of renovations, we will not be able to tour them.  

In place of the National Cathedral Gardens, we will be stopping at Hillwood Museum and Gardens, where we have arranged for self-guided tours of the gardens, shop, and cafe.  This will enable you to unwind at your own pace before boarding the bus for the return trip to Swarthmore. 

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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 30. Trips are a member-only benefit.


Member registration fee: $130 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.

October 6

Peony Extravaganza!

Saturday, October 6, 2 to 4:30 pm
Gillespie Room, Wister Center

All are welcome to attend the Mid-Atlantic Peony Society (MAPS) for a Dig and Divide Demo/Peony Auction/Fall Social! Here’s what the day has in store: opportunities to learn from peony experts, informal auction of choice peonies, refreshments, and the option to join MAPS that day to participate in a bargain peony sale.

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

October 7

Scott Associates Garden Day

Sunday, October 7, 1 to 6 pm
Main Line Area

Explore private gardens in the Main Line area! Admission is free for members; nonmembers can purchase tickets ($25 for adults, $15 for children). Call 610-328-8025 for details and to purchase tickets.

October 10

Nature's Narratives: The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost his Sanity, Spent a Fortune and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden

Wednesday, October 10, 5:30 to 6:30 pm
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 Wiliam Alexander's The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost his Sanity, Spent a Fortune and Endured an Existentail Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden. An amusing story of one man's attempt at vegetable gardening.

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.

October 11

Guided Tour: Green Roof

Thursday, October 11, 10 to 11:30 am
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.

October 12

Cultivating Cool Season Edibles in Containers

Friday, October 12, 1 to 3 pm
Gillespie Room, Wister Center

Extend the growing season with cool season edibles in containers. This workshop led by Josh Coceano, horticulturist, will focus on creating and maintaining these containers with edibles that are both functional and aesthetically appealing. Discussion points include: advantages of growing edibles in containers, container selection, growing media preparation, crop selection, and succession planting. Josh will share his favorite local and mail order sources and plant several demonstration containers. Participants will receive an assortment of five organically grown cool season edibles from Peace Tree Farm and a packet of lettuce seed for succession. Limited to 24.


Registration fee: $40                      Members: $30

Call 610-328-8025 to register.


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.

October 19

Perennial Plant Conference

Friday, October 19, 8 am to 5 pm
Lang Performing Arts Center

This popular day-long conference is hosted in the Delaware Valley of Pennsylvania, an area with a rich garden history. The conference covers a variety of topics of interest to horticulturists and avid gardeners. Optional study tours of the Scott Arboretum's extensive perennial plant collection will also be available.

This conference is co-sponsored by Chanticleer, Longwood Gardens, the Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Group, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College.

Included in your registration packet will be a FREE weekend admission pass to Chanticleer and Longwood Gardens for the weekend following the conference. To receive a brochure, please contact Longwood Gardens at (610) 388-5454 or visit www.perennialplantconference.org. No phone registrations please.

October 21

Scott Associates Fall Festival

Sunday, October 21, 4 pm
Lang Music Building

Join Scott Associates, staff, and members of the Hardy Plant Society for this festive reception and inspiring lecture with David Culp. Well-known to many as a local horticulturist with an extraordinary home and garden in Downingtown, David will be launching his new book The Layered Garden at our Fall Festival this year. The book and lecture are about the collaborative effort his garden has been over the years and the personalities that have shaped the garden and David’s life. Entrance is free and the public is welcome!

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

October 23

Fall Color Tour with Curator

Tuesday, October 23, 3 to 4:30 pm
Tours depart from the Scott Arboretum Offices and are free and open to the public.

Join our Curator, Andrew Bunting for a special fall color tour. 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.

October 24

Excursion: Mansion and Garden Tour of Nemours

SOLD OUT
Wednesday, October 24, 9 am to Noon
Drive on your own.

Discover and explore the enchanting Nemours estate by joining Julie Jenney, your friends and fellow gardeners. We will meet at the Nemours visitor center and begin with an interesting and brief historical movie. Our group will then board a bus to the mansion where we will divide into small groups for an hour and twenty minute tour (one of the best house tours I have ever been on!). After the mansion tour there is a half hour on our own when we can explore the gardens near the house; the bus will then pick us up for a narrated tour through the formal gardens, the woods, and – one of the best parts – the garage! Limited to 25. Trips are a member-only benefit.


Member registration fee: $20 includes admission.

SOLD OUT


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.