THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

March 2013

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March 7

Travels at Twelve: Rooftops, Rock Gardens, and Roots: Travels in Denmark, Sweden, and Berlin

Thursday, March 7, Noon to 1 pm
Location change: Science Center Room 101

Lars Rasmussen, gardener and green roof aficionado, will take us on a tour of chosen botanical gardens of Denmark and Sweden with an emphasis on rock garden plants. Check out exciting new green roofs in Sweden and Denmark and some much older and amazingly biodiverse roofs in Berlin. Natural areas and private gardens in Denmark and Sweden will be touched on as Lars visits some of his Danish "roots."

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.

March 13

Nature's Narratives: Practice of the Wild

Wednesday, March 13, 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 Gary Snyder's Practice of the Wild. Snyder thoughtfully explores human interactions with nature from his Buddhist perspective.

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.

March 14

Travels at Twelve: The Kitchen Sink: Oregon, Chicago, Michigan, and California

Thursday, March 14, Noon to 1 pm
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema

While Julie Jenney may not have traveled abroad, she did cover some interesting ground in 2012. In April she returned to a rainy but garden-rich Portland, Oregon and was impressed by all she saw. In August she led an enthusiastic group of Scott Associates to fantastic private and public gardens in and around Chicago. Then, in September, she was met with a briskly cold but beautiful first-time visit to Empire, Michigan where incredible skies and views were everywhere. She went from 40-degree weather to 90 degrees when arriving in Palm Desert a week later. Her parents just moved there and while it is a whole new landscape to get used to, it offers a very different beauty. Julie will take you on this wild ride to see various sites around the country with a mix of gardens, landscapes, people, and stories.

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.

March 14

Feeling Clucky

Thursday, March 14, 2 to 4 pm
Gillespie Room, Wister Center

Have you ever considered raising chickens in your backyard? Learn how to integrate these feathered friends seamlessly into your garden with farmer and gardener Adam Glas. Learn the basics of chicken husbandry from chick to egg or egg to chick, if you prefer. We will focus on which breeds work best in our climate, overall maintenance and care, as well as tricks of the trade. Participants are invited to Andrew Bunting’s Vassar Farm after the class, to see firsthand a successful backyard flock. Poultry-inspired snacks will be served and a small sample of natural fertilizer will be provided.

Limited to 25. Cancellation Policy: The Scott Arboretum retains the right to cancel any program due to lack of enrollment or unforeseen problems. Refunds for classes will be available only if notice is given 10 business days before the class.

Registration fee: $22                      Members of the Scott Arboretum: $12

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

March 16

Arboretum Highlights Tour

Saturday, March 16, 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.

March 17

Scott Associates Spring Festival: John Gaston Fairey

Sunday, March 17, 4 pm
Lang Performing Arts Center

Join us Sunday, March 17 at 4 pm at the Lang Performing Arts Center to hear talented horticulturist, John Fairey, the 2013 recipient of the Scott Medal and Award speak about issues he is passionate about and how these passions have shaped his life. John Fairey has made outstanding contributions to the science and art of gardening: in garden design as well as horticulture; plant exploration as well as distribution; plant conservation as well as education.


Join us for a champagne toast and hor d’oeuvers following John Fairey’s presentation. The program is free and open to the public. Click here to RSVP or call 610-328-8025.


As described by William Noble, Director of Preservation, The Garden Conservancy:


John Fairey has made outstanding contributions to the science and art of gardening: in garden design as well as horticulture; plant exploration as well as distribution; plant conservation as well as education. His garden, Peckerwood Garden in Hempstead, Texas, is widely recognized for the originality of its design, the depth of its collection, and its potential to foster education and conservation.

Peckerwood is a consummate plant collector’s garden, with an extraordinary diversity of plants all arranged with a designer’s eye. It is a collection of more than 3,000 taxa, focused on Mexican plants, Texas natives, and their Asian counterparts. Many of the plants are rare in cultivation, with numerous examples of species no longer found in the wild or threatened in their native habitat.

Peckerwood not only functions as a display garden, but also as a demonstration in how to grow plants well. John has developed specific planting and management techniques to grow plants capable of withstanding the assaults of excessive moisture, drought, heat and cold. Now 40 years old, Peckerwood Garden continues to grow and evolve and is well on its way to preservation as a public garden. For more than 20 years John has shared his garden with the public, thereby exposing gardeners to his way of seeing and planting. By sharing plants as well as knowledge, he has enriched gardens throughout the region.

As a professor of design at Texas A & M University, John has won numerous awards for his teaching . . . and continues to teach others to see – that design is the creation of living spaces, with house, garden, plants, art, and sculpture all part of the composition and combining into a total living environment. We were struck by how many young architects, horticulturists, nurserymen, landscape architects, teachers, and public garden professionals John has encouraged early in their careers through his enthusiasm and expertise, knowledge of plants and design, and his willingness to share his garden, knowledge, and connections.

The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College proudly awards the 2013 Scott Medal and Award to John Gaston Fairey.

 

March 20

Planting in Hypertufa Troughs

Wednesday, March 20, 1 to 3 pm
Gillespie Room, Wister Center

A hypertufa trough is a perfect place to plant herbs, succulents, and sedums. The pot is very porous, holds water in its pores, and encourages microroot growth within the pot itself. Herb Johns of Point Phillip Perennials (www.ppperennials.com) will bring his unique hypertufa products, which he calls Herbstone. The products are very strong, lighter in weight than traditional concrete, and will last for many years. In addition to being a nursery owner, Herb has over 40 years experience in the cement and concrete industry. After learning about hypertufa troughs, we will each plant our own. Demonstrations will be provided to help you create your masterpiece. Each registrant will receive a 13-inch diameter bowl trough, three plants, soil, accent rock, and gravel mulch.

Limited to 15. Cancellation Policy: The Scott Arboretum retains the right to cancel any program due to lack of enrollment or unforeseen problems. Refunds for classes will be available only if notice is given 10 business days before the class.

Registration fee: $60                      Members of the Scott Arboretum: $50

Not available for online registration, please call 610-328-8025 to register.

March 22

Green Roof Tour

Friday, March 22, 12:30 to 2 pm
Departs from Scott Arboretum offices

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.