THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

October 2013

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October 1

Excursion: Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Tuesday, October 1, depart at 7 am SOLD OUT
Tours depart from the Scott Arboretum Offices

Join Jeff Jabco and Julie Jenney to explore two vibrant sites in Brooklyn! We will stop in two sections of Brooklyn Bridge Park to see how landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh designed a dynamic, evolving ecosystem with meadows, hedgerows, wetlands, lawns, and trees in combination with spaces to play, relax, and enjoy the view. The park is managed organically, has many native plants, and recirculates rainwater for irrigation, encouraging a healthy environment for all visitors whether they be human, birds, bugs, or turtles.

After enjoying lunch at the park we will head to Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) to wander through its many highlights: Herb Garden, Japanese Hill and Pond Garden, Native Flora Garden, Rock Garden, a new visitor center with a green roof, plus collections of many kinds of trees and shrubs.

 

Registration fee includes admission to BBG, coach transportation, snacks, beverages, and a boxed lunch from Panera Bread. If you would like to bring your own lunch, please call in your registration to 610-328-8025 and registration will be $10 less. Limited to 25.

A terrific incentive to become a member! Excursions with the Scott Associates are a member benefit; the non-member fee reflects the member cost of the trip plus a $40 year-long individual membership to the Scott Associates.

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.
    • Refunds for classes will only be available if notice is given 10 business days before the class.

    Members of the Scott Arboretum: $90                  Non-members: $130   

    SOLD OUT

October 5

Green Roof Tour

Saturday, October 5, 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 9

Nature's Narratives: Gaia

Wednesday, October 9, 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 James Lovelock's Gaia. Written for the non-scientist, Gaia is a journey through time and space in search of evidence with which to support a new and radically different model of our planet. In contrast to conventional belief that living matter is passive in the face of threats to its existence, the book explores the hypothesis that the earth's living matter -- air, ocean, and land surfaces -- forms a complex system that has the capacity to keep the Earth a fit place for life.

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 12

Extraordinary Edible Trees and Shrubs of the Scott Arboretum

POSTPONED
Saturday, October 12, 10 am to Noon
Gillespie Room, Wister Center

Join Pandora Young, a senior gardener at Longwood Gardens, to explore and learn how to grow many of the unusual and delicious woody plants growing around the Scott Arboretum. Some of the plants you will learn about are pawpaws (the largest fruit native to North America!), the Japanese raisin tree (which has peduncles that taste like crunchy raisins!), Ginkgo biloba, and the Chinese magnolia vine. "Nuts" from a ginkgo will be sampled as well as Omija, a refreshing five-flavored tea made from the Chinese magnolia vine. Much of the class will be spent in our collections, so come prepared to walk and learn about these plants outside in rain or shine. Pandora will also cover the ornamental attributes of the plants discussed as well as how to best enjoy them - in your garden and in your kitchen. Limited to 25.

    • Refunds for classes will only be available if notice is given 10 business days before the class.

    Members of the Scott Arboretum: $25                  Non-members: $35

    POSTPONED- For more information, please call (610) 328-8025.

October 18

Perennial Plant Conference

Friday, October 18, 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 20

Scott Associates Fall Festival

Sunday, October 20, 4 pm
Lang Music Building

Our guest speaker this year is Peter Korn of Sweden who has a spectacular collection of alpine plants, beautiful photography capturing his world travels to observe them in the wild, and an obvious love of plants. Invitations will be mailed to members; more information will be on our website this fall. Entrance is free and the public is welcome!

 

Important parking information for the Fall Festival on Sunday, October 20, 2013
Swarthmore College is going to be a busy place on Sunday, October 20. Please be sure to leave time to find parking and walking to the Lang Music Building.

In addition to the Fall Festival taking place in Lang Music Building, Dancing for Life - a foundation dedicated to the research of Leukemia and Lymphoma - will be holding two events in the Lang Performing Arts Center (one at 2:30 pm and one at 6:00 pm). Due to the number of people expected to attend all three events, it is possible that the Dupont parking lots and water tower lot may run out of spaces. If this happens, visitors are welcome to park in the neighborhood (in accordance with posted Swarthmore borough parking signs). Visitors are also welcome to be dropped off outside of Lang Music Building while the driver then parks the car. A Scott Arboretum staff member will be present near the Dupont lot.

Carpooling is highly recommended.

Attached is a map showing where Lang Music Building is, and where street parking is available. Please note: The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College is not responsible for any parking tickets incurred when parking for events - please note posted Swarthmore borough parking signs as well as Swarthmore College posted parking signs.

Recommended time to arrive on campus to find parking would be by 3 pm if you would like to hear the piano by Gerald Simcoe, and 3:30 pm if you will just be coming to the lecture which begins at 4 pm.

Many thanks for your understanding and cooperation and we look forward to seeing you at the Festival!

October 25

Excursion: Laurel Hll Cemetery and The Woodlands

SOLD OUT
Friday, October 25, departs at 9 am
Tours depart from the Scott Arboretum Offices and are free and open to the public.

Discover two of Philadelphia’s famous final resting places with a focus on their horticultural value. The first stop on our trip will be The Laurel Hill Cemetery with a guided tour highlighting its history, key graves, and horticultural aspects. Boxed lunches from The Gold Standard Café will be provided upon our arrival at The Woodlands, former estate of William Hamilton and historic cemetery. Hamilton was deeply interested in architecture, landscape design, and botany and these are reflected in the landscape. Following lunch, we will be led on a tour of the mansion and landscape. Travel will be by vans with Mackenzie Fochs and Julie Jenney. Registration fee includes lunch. Limited to 15.

A terrific incentive to become a member! Excursions with the Scott Associates are a member benefit; the non-member fee reflects the member cost of the trip plus a $40 year-long individual membership to the Scott Associates.

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.
  • Refunds for classes will only be available if notice is given 10 business days before the class.

Members of the Scott Arboretum: $60       Non-members: $100                       

October 26

Arboretum Highlights Tour

Saturday, October 26, 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.