THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

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January 8

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.

January 18

A Winter Celebration: Unleashing Creativity in the Garden

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.

Finding your way to the event:

  • White and green driving/parking signs will direct you starting from the intersection of Chester Road (Rt. 320) and College Avenue ending at the Dupont parking lot off of Whittier Place. Directions are also listed below.
  • White and green logo/walking signs will then lead you from the parking lot to the entrance of the Science Center.
  • Directions to the Dupont Visitor Parking Lot at Swarthmore College
    From Blue Rt. (I-476), take Exit 3 Media/Swarthmore.  At the bottom of the exit ramp, head east onto Baltimore Pike toward Swarthmore for approximately 1/4 mile to Rt. 320.
  • Turn right onto Rt. 320 South.  You will go through two turns, the first around to the left and then at the light you will make a right to stay on Rt. 320 South (Chester Road).
  • At the next light (College Avenue) turn right.
  • Go one block and take your next right onto Cedar Lane.
  • Go one block and take the next left onto Elm.
  • Go approximately one block and turn left in between the two large stone pillars – Whittier Place.
  • Follow Whittier till you see a large parking lot on your right – Dupont Visitor Parking Lot – park here and follow the green and white Scott Arboretum Event signs to the event location.

 

 


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.

 

January 23

Travels at Twelve: Tropical Flora and Adventures in Sri Lanka

Thursday, January 23, Noon to 1 pm
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema*
*Please note: Parking changes on campus go into effect January 1, 2014. Click here for current parking information before arriving on campus. The Scott Arboretum is not responsible for parking citations incurred during programs.

It is said that nearly anything planted in the ground in Sri Lanka will grow, and Education Intern Mackenzie Fochs experienced the breadth of flora first-hand when she traveled through central Sri Lanka in April 2013. From the Knuckles Mountain Range to Peradeniya Botanical Garden to tea estates and Horton Plains National Park, Mackenzie will take you on a visual tour of the awe-inspiring sites she visited and share a few stories from her travels (including an unexpected leech encounter!).

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.

 

Click here for complete 2014 Travels at Twelve schedule.

January 25

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.

January 26

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.

January 30

Travels at Twelve: Anne, Jan, Reggie, Mike, Bob, and Ted's Excellent Adventure in Sicily

Thursday, January 30, Noon to 1 pm
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema*
*Please note: Parking changes on campus go into effect January 1, 2014. Click here for current parking information before arriving on campus. The Scott Arboretum is not responsible for parking citations incurred during programs.

On a cold January day, warm up with the beauty of Sicily. Cinematically inspired by "Stealing Beauty" and lured by website photos, a group of friends blindly choose a villa at the end of a road. They find fun, ancient and natural delights, and camaraderie in Sicily.

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.

Click here for complete 2014 Travels at Twelve schedule.