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January 9

Nature's Narratives: Writing the Garden: Literary Conversation across Two Centuries

Wednesday, January 9, 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 Elizabeth Barlow Rogers's Writing the Garden: Literary Conversation across Two Centuries. Rogers explores the art of garden writing and its most famous authors over the past 200 years.

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.

January 12

Winter Celebration: Cliff Notes: Plant Collecting in the Mountain Forests of Guizhou, China

Saturday, January 12, 5 pm
Science Center Room 101

Don’t miss this extraordinary and educational journey to another land, and then join in the festivities afterward for cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres.

Our speaker this year is Scott McMahan who is one of the next generation of plant hunters literally following in the footsteps of Dan Hinkley. He is an Atlanta native and owner of McMahan's Nursery, a rare plant nursery in Clermont, Georgia, as well as Garden*Hood, a new independent retail garden center located in Atlanta’s historic Grant Park neighborhood. Founded by plant people for plant people, Garden*Hood is a nursery where horticultural expertise, exceptional plants, and friendly, knowledgeable staff come together in a unique environment that fosters community, inspires creativity, and nurtures the gardener in all of us. Scott has years of experience as a propagator of plants for a large wholesale grower and as a nursery manager for the Atlanta Botanical Garden. He contributes to Garden*Hood a collection of specialty plants gathered on his travels to Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Vietnam and other exotic locales.

Scott’s talk for the Winter Celebration will focus on his adventurous journey in October 2011 to Ghizhou, China. Guizhou is the poorest, least populated, and one of the most isolated provinces in China, which makes for fairly intact forests where species diversity and minority cultures are still preserved. Scott, Dan Hinkley, and Ozzie Johnson visited three main areas while on this trip: the Fanjingshan Range, the Legonshan Range, and the Jinfoshan Range. All had amazingly steep limestone mountains which were dripping with a wide range of hardy plant material.

This is an opportunity to learn and be inspired by a first-rate plant explorer!

Invitations to members will be mailed in November.

$45/person includes lecture and reception with cold and hot hors d’oeuvres.

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

New Parking Directions:
Please note that another event will be taking place at the College so we expect the parking lots to be busy. Please allow extra time to find parking.

Follow the white and green Scott Arboretum driving signs to the event. They start at the intersection of Rt. 320/Chester Road and College Avenue and lead you to Whittier Place.

Instead of pulling into the Dupont Parking Lot, please continue and follow the road as it curves around and follow the signs that will lead you to the water tower parking lot. Once parked, follow the Scott Arboretum logo walking signs which will lead you to the entrance at the back of the Science Center. Once inside, follow printed Winter Celebration signs to lead you to the event.

If this lot is full, you are welcome to park in the Dupont Parking lot. Both entrances to the Science Center will be open.

January 19

Arboretum Highlights Tour

Saturday, January 19, 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.

January 20

Joanne Walkovic Memorial Lecture: A Nurseryman's Miscellany: What You Aren't Getting from the Typical Garden Centers!

Sunday, January 20, 2 pm
Science Center Room 101

Joanne Walkovic Memorial Lecture for the Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Chapter, our co-sponsors for this event. A reception will follow.

Join Ed Bowen, owner of Opus Plants in Rhode Island, “a nano-nursery in Southeastern New England with an increasingly anachronistic horticultural approach: actively collecting, propagating and growing plants. [They] focus on the under-cultivated and garden-worthy, and specialize in unusual perennials . . . breeding and selecting plants from diverse genera such as Kniphofia, Sanguisorba, Hydrangea, and Bergenia.” – from

January 31

Travels at Twelve: Plant Collecting in Taiwan

Thursday, January 31, Noon to 1 pm
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema

Join Andrew Bunting as he recaps his three-week plant collecting trip to the wilds of Taiwan in the fall of 2012. This expedition was led by plantsmen Dan Hinkley and Scott McMahan. Traveling down the spine of mountains from the southern tip to north of Tapei, they collected a wide variety of ferns, maples, Arisaema, viburnums, and rhododendrons.  They also saw mammoth specimens of Tsuga chinensis, Trochodendron aralioides, Cunninghamia konishii and Chamaecyparis obtusa var. formosana.

Free and open to the public, Travels at Twelve is an informal way to share what has been seen and discovered in various gardens and natural spaces both in the United States and abroad. Held from Noon to 1 p.m. in the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema at Swarthmore College. Contact the Scott Arboretum Offices at 610-328-8025 for information about parking.

January 31

Why Do the Plants of My Dreams Keep Freezing to Death?

Thursday, January 31

Join Allen Hirsh, plant physiologist, nurseryman, and exotic gardener, as he sorts out the numerous factors that determine whether a plant makes it through the winter unscathed. In this slide-illustrated lecture, Allen will discuss the physiology of hardiness in clear layman's terms, commenting along the way on the ecology and garden practices that effect hardiness as well as dispelling a few myths about it as well. Walk away with a much clearer idea of what freezing does to plants and how best to "push the zones" in your garden. Limited to 40.


Please call (610) 328-8025 for a refund if you were registered. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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.