THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

November 2013

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November 6

Winter Container Demonstration

Wednesday, November 6, 5:30 to 7 pm
Gillespie Room, Wister Center

November doesn’t have to be a month of winding down in the garden – it can be a time to create colorful displays and textural interest that will last through the winter months. With gardener Adam Glas, learn how to artfully place cut stems, branches, and berries into a container that will last for many months. All participants will receive a big bundle of unique specialty greens, stems, and berries to take home to create their own fantastic winter containers. Limited to 30.

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

 Members of the Scott Arboretum: $40      Non-members: $50 

Call 610-328-8025 to register.                         

November 13

Nature's Narratives: Return to Wild America: A Yearlong Search for the Continent's Natural Soul

Wednesday, November 13, 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 Scott Weidensaul's Return to Wild America: A Yearlong Search for the Continent's Natural Soul. On the eve of Wild America book's fiftieth anniversary, naturalist Scott Weidensaul retraces Peterson and Fisher's steps to tell the story of wild America today. How has the continent's natural landscape changed over the past fifty years? How have the wildlife, the rivers, and the rugged, untouched terrain fared?

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.

November 19

Uncorking the Past: The Quest for Wine, Beer, and Extreme Fermented Beverages

Tuesday, November 19, 7 pm
Gillespie Room, Wister Center

Join Patrick E. McGovern, Scientific Director of Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory at the Penn Museum and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, as he takes us on a lively tour around the world and through the millennia to tell the compelling story of humanity’s ingenious, intoxicating quest for the perfect drink. A leading authority on ancient alcoholic beverages, he will follow a trail of archaeological, chemical, artistic, and textual clues to shed light on how humans created and enjoyed fermented beverages across cultures.

We discover, for example, that the cereal staples of the modern world were probably domesticated for their potential in making quantities of alcoholic beverages. These include the delectable rice wines of China and Japan, the corn beers of the Americas, and the millet and sorghum drinks of Africa. Humans also learned how to make mead from honey and wine from exotic fruits of all kinds – even from the sweet pulp of the cacao (chocolate) fruit in the New World.

The perfect drink, it turns out – whether it be mind-altering, medicinal, a religious symbol, a social lubricant, or artistic inspiration – has not only been a profound force in history, but may be fundamental to the human condition itself. Following the discussion, ancient beers from Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales will be sampled. Limited to 40.

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

Members of the Scott Arboretum: $30                  Non-members: $40 

Call 610-328-8025 to register.         

November 23

Arboretum Highlight Tour

Saturday, November 23, 2 to 3:30 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.