Nature's Narratives: The Man Who Planted Trees: Lost Groves, Champion Trees, and an Urgent Plan to Save the Planet
Wednesday, January 8, 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 Jim Robbins' The Man Who Planted Trees: Lost Groves, Champion Trees, and an Urgent Plan to Save the Planet. Twenty years ago, David Milarch, a northern Michigan nurseryman with a penchant for hard living, had a vision: angels came to tell him that the earth was in trouble. Its trees were dying, and without them, human life was in jeopardy. The solution, they told him, was to clone the champion trees of the world—the largest, the hardiest, the ones that had survived millennia and were most resilient to climate change—and create a kind of Noah’s ark of tree genetics.
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.
A Winter Celebration
Saturday, January 18, 4 to 7 pm
Science Center Room 101
Come in from the cold, have a cocktail with friends, and enjoy an entertaining presentation by infectiously engaging W. Gary Smith on Saturday, January 18, 4 to 7 pm. Cure your winter blues with humor and excitement as Gary provides new ways to look at the gardens and landscapes around us. Gary’s talks are inspiring, educational, and simply fun to be a part of.
Join the crowd for a delightfully casual reception with tasty, passed hors d'oeuvres, great conversation, and a cash bar complete with wine, beer, and cocktails after the lecture as well. . Be sure to bring your friends and family – tickets to this event are a perfect holiday gift!
$25 registration fee includes lecture and and hors d’ouevres.
Click here or call 610-328-8025 to register.
If you have experienced Peirce’s Woods at Longwood Gardens, the whimsy of Winterthur’s Enchanted Woods, or Tyler Arboretum’s Stopford Family Meadow Maze, you know some of the creations of W. Gary Smith, whose demeanor, writings, and design sense have been described as “luminous,” “infectiously engaging and unfailingly inspiring.” For gardeners, designers, and non-gardeners who hold an appreciation of art and beauty – this event will delight the senses in the midst of winter and may just unleash the artist within you.
Designers solve problems; artists raise questions. In keeping with this theme in his book, From Art to Landscape: Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design, Gary will explore with us a visual vocabulary of shapes, patterns, and processes that drive the universe, uncovering techniques for observing and recording it all. He will illustrate how the act of expressing the relationship between local sense-of-place and our own creative spirits can create meaningful, engaging gardens.
A limited quantity of Gary’s book, From Art to Landscape: Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design, will be available for purchase and signing.
Arboretum Highlights Tour
Saturday, January 25, 10 to 11:30 am
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.
Joanne Walkovic Memorial Lecture: Four-Star Plants! Comparative Trials at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Sunday, January 26, 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.
Learn from the ever-knowledgeable and entertaining Richard Hawke, plant evaluation manager at the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG), as he presents a variety of four-star plants, including new selections and old favorites, from nearly 25 years of comparative trials. He will also discuss the Garden’s green roof trials of native and exotic plants. CBG evaluates hundreds of plants in comparative trials every year, including perennials, shrubs, and vines. The Garden’s Plant Evaluation Program has been recommending superior garden plants to home gardeners and the green industry since 1989. In 2008, it received the Award for Program Excellence from the American Public Garden Association. Results of the trials are published in Plant Evaluation Notes and in gardening magazines such as Fine Gardening and The American Gardener.