THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

May 2013

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May 2

At Home Series: Private Garden of David Culp and Mike Alderfer

Thursday, May 2, 10 am to Noon SOLD OUT
Thursday, May 2, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Drive on your own

Brandywine Cottage is a celebrated garden created and refined by David Culp and Mike Alderfer over the past twenty years and the subject of David's recent book, The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty from Brandywine Cottage. This garden is inspiring for its array of plant collections that bloom throughout the year and the technique used to layer all of these plants on just two acres. As our guide, David will introduce his favorite plants and their cultural requirements, discuss design elements, and the concept of continuous bloom through layering. Travel directions will be provided and carpooling is recommended. Limited to 25.

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

Trip organized and run by Betsy Gullan. Betsy administered domestic and foreign trips for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for 26 years. The Scott Arboretum is excited to have her expertise in planning the trip listed here.

Member registration fee: $25

Call 610-328-8025 to register.

May 5

Scott Associates Garden Day

Sunday, May 5, 1 to 6 pm
Media Area

Explore private gardens in the Media 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.

May 7

Tree Peony Tour and Reception with Mid-Atlantic Peony Society

Tuesday, May 7, 5 to 7 pm
Gillespie Room, Wister Center

All are welcome to attend the Mid-Atlantic Peony Society (MAPS) for a tour of the Tree Peony Collection with an opportunity to learn from peony experts. A reception will follow with refreshments and a chance to interact with other peony enthusiasts. For more information, please call the Scott Arboretum Offices at 610-328-8025.

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

May 9

Green Roof Tour

Thursday, May 9, 10:30 to Noon
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.

May 10

Blooming Bash: National Public Gardens Day Celebration

Friday, May 10, 4 to 6pm
Terry Shane Teaching Garden and Gillespie Room, Wister Center

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with a Blooming Bash! Bring a friend and celebrate spring at the Scott Arboretum with a complimentary garden reception on Friday, May 10 from 4 to 6 pm. Enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of wine and light fare in the a lovely outdoor setting. Discover our inspiring gardens, part of “the most beautiful campus in America,” free to the public 365 days a year! Also, learn about the robust programming and fun opportunities the Scott Arboretum offers.

Join us for a relaxing evening in the Terry Shane Teaching Garden. In the event of rain, our reception will be moved inside our Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building, the Wister Center.

As a special offer, Blooming Bash guests who become members will receive a complimentary gift, along with an exciting bundle of benefits to enjoy throughout the year.


The fourth annual National Public Gardens Day, scheduled for May 10, 2013, is a national day of celebration that invites communities to explore the beauty of their local green spaces while raising awareness of the important role public gardens play in promoting conservation, education and environmental preservation. Annually scheduled on the Friday preceding Mother’s Day weekend, schools, families, garden enthusiasts and visitors are invited to visit public gardens in their local community for special events and activities.

May 11

Members Plant Exchange and Sale

Saturday, May 11, 10 am
Wister Center Parking

This will be the 18th annual Exchange where members of the Scott Arboretum come together to donate and exchange plants from their own gardens. Members will receive the brochure with complete details in March. For more information contact 610-328-8025.

May 1719

Unusual Tropcials and Annual Sale

Friday, May 17 - Preview Party 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 18 - Members Shopping 10 am to Noon
Saturday, May 18 - Public Shopping Noon to 3 pm
Sunday, May 19 - Public Shopping 10 am to 2 pm
Wister Center

The Scott Arboretum will be having its third Unusual Annuals and Tropicals Sale on May 17-19. For many years the Scott Arboretum has showcased interesting tropicals and annuals in containers and various gardens around the campus from May to November. Tropical plants such as: Alocasia, Colocasia, Xanthosoma (elephant ears); Canna; Ensete, Musa, and bromeliads create an effect that reminds you of the tropics. 

These plants are often hard to find in garden centers, so the Arboretum has decided to offer many of the more unusual selections that we have tried over the years.  We will offer limited quantities of more than 200 selections ranging from the newest selections of traditional annuals such as marigolds and petunias to a complete range of tropicals for the garden.

Visit the Unusual Annuals and Tropicals Sale website for complete details.

May 23

Excursion: Small Private Garden of Baltimore, Maryland

Thursday, May 23, depart at 7:30 am
Departs from Scott Arboretum offices

SPECIAL ONE-TIME OFFER
Buy two seats on this trip and bring two guests for free! Please call the office (610-328-8025) to register. First come, first served as space is limited. Registration ends May 16th.

Join Betsy Gullan to meet four dedicated gardeners with small gardens in the residential neighborhoods of Guilford, Roland Park, and Homewood in the city of Baltimore. All maintained by their owners, these gardens feature an astounding array of interesting plants and plant combinations. The first represents the challenges and rewards of a garden structured to provide pleasure all year. There are bulbs, perennials, annuals, shrubs, groundcovers, vines, tropicals, and pond plants on a little less than 1/3 acre! The second is a collector's garden with an eclectic mix of plants and fun features like a pebble-stone rug. The third is a mature garden with a stone-walled area and fishpond, densely planted beds, and plantings reminiscent of the owners' travels, including some Scott Arboretum trips. The last garden (originally part of the park designed by Frederick Olmstead) is on a hillside, terraced by the owners to create more usable space. Fee includes transportation, lunch, and snacks on the bus. Photography for commercial use requires permission from the garden owners. Limited to 25.

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

Trip organized and run by Betsy Gullan. Betsy administered domestic and foreign trips for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for 26 years. The Scott Arboretum is excited to have her expertise in planning the trip listed here.

Registration fee: $125

Call 610-328-8025 to register.

May 25

Arboretum Highlights Tour

Saturday, May 25, 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.

May 29

Create Your Own Burle Basket!

Wednesday, May 29, 1:30 to 3:30 pm SOLD OUT
Gillespie Room, Wister Center.

Have you envied the robust, colorful baskets (named after the famed designer Roberto Burle Marx) that hang from the Scott Arboretum arbor each summer? Learn how to create your own with curator Andrew Bunting and horticulturist Josh Coceano. Each participant will receive a 14-inch hanging basket, moss, and ten cool plants! You will leave with a finished work of art to hang in your garden. 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: $65                      Members of the Scott Arboretum: $55

SOLD OUT

May 30

At Home Series: A Private Garden in Haverford

Thursday, May 30, 10 am to Noon
Drive on your own

It is hard to believe that when the owners bought this property more than twenty years ago, very little landscaping existed. Over the years, this private garden was designed and planted as an outdoor extension of the house – to be enjoyed from windows and upper-floor decks. Today a profusion of plants exude fragrance and a sense of romance as hydrangeas, clematis, and roses clamor over the house, fences, and arbors. The series of garden rooms flow skillfully from the house to a hidden pool and benches placed throughout the garden offer quiet places to sit and enjoy the scenery. As we tour the garden, the owners will tell us about the challenges of developing the site and the plants that have served their vision so well. Photography for commercial use requires permission from the garden owners. Travel directions will be provided and carpooling is recommended. Limited to 25.

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

Trip organized and run by Betsy Gullan. Betsy administered domestic and foreign trips for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for 26 years. The Scott Arboretum is excited to have her expertise in planning the trip listed here.

Member registration fee: $20

Call to register, 610-328-8025.