THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

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May 2014

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May 6

Excursion: New York Botanical Garden

Tuesday, May 6, depart at 7 am SOLD OUT
Trips depart from the Wister Center.

Join Jeff Jabco and Julie Jenney for a bus trip to one of the premier botanical gardens in the US. NYBG is located in the Bronx and spans some 250 acres of Bronx Park. Its 50 gardens and plant collections contain more than 1 million plants and include extraordinary displays such as the conifer arboretum, spectacular rock garden, rose garden, herbaceous and mixed borders featuring groundbreaking designs and plants, 30,000 distinguished trees (many more than 200 years old), and an exquisite orchid collection.

Upon arrival we will take a tram tour together to get an overview of the garden and then the group will be free to explore on their own – be sure to leave time for the fantastic gift shop! Lunch will be on your own at one of the NYBG’s cafés or you can bring your own. Trip cost includes coach transportation, admission to NYBG, tram tour, and refreshments on the bus ride home. Limited to 30. 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.


Members: $95   Non-members: $135

SOLD OUT

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 trips or At Home Series.

May 9

Blooming Bash: Celebration of National Public Gardens Day

Friday, May 9, 4 to 6 pm
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 9 from 4 to 6 pm.

Enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of wine and light fare in 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 sixth annual National Public Gardens Day, scheduled for May 9, 2014, 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.


A partnership between the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) and irrigation product and service provider, Rain Bird, the 2014 National Public Gardens Day will showcase the contributions of public gardens with special events at many of the more than 500 North American public gardens.

May 10

Members Plant Exchange and Sale

Saturday, May 10, 10 am
Wister Center Parking Lot

The ninteenth annual Members Plant Exchange & Sale is where members of the Scott Arboretum come together to donate and exchange plants from their own gardens. For every three plants a member donates, a plant of their choosing is received in exchange. During the sale portion of the event, members can buy most plants for only a dollar. Over 3,000 plants exchange hands at this annual event, which allows gardeners to increase their plant collections for a fraction of the potential cost and divide their own overgrown plantings. Learn more here.

May 12

At Home Series: Private Gardens in Chestnut Hill

Monday, May 12, 9:30 am to Noon
Drive on your own

Join Betsy Gullan to visit neighbors with lovely gardens in Chestnut Hill. The two couples each designed their own garden – battling invasive plants and taming steep slopes – and still maintain what they have created.

When Leslie and Tom Purple decided to downsize, their new home gave them the opportunity to begin afresh indoors and outdoors.  Leslie has filled her new garden with new perennials and flowering shrubs –– and also a few she couldn't leave behind.  She will describe a little of the thought process and the excitement of starting anew plus the ongoing challenges and considerations at her new site.  We'll see perennial borders for sun and shade, a rock garden area, areas for raised-bed gardening in this interesting garden that has existed for two summers. In her new garden, Leslie was lucky to inherit two thriving franklinias, two of the largest growing in Springfield Township.

Alice and Richard Farley designed and built their house, with Richard as the architect and Alice as the landscape architect. After cutting down by hand more than 50 Ailanthus, their first garden project was planting 1,000 daffodils. Alice built the terraces and steps on her own from the stones she dug up on site, and planted virtually the entire garden. The lawn and pool care are still done by Richard. Alice works primarily with native plants, but also with judicious use of non-native ornamentals to increase year-round interest.

Be aware there are steep areas in both gardens; dress for rain or shine; photos for commercial/professional use require written permission of the garden owners. In case of dire weather, the rain date is May 2. Travel directions will be sent one week before the event. Limited to 25. 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. This trip was organized for the Scott Arboretum by Betsy Gullan.
Members: $20   Non-members: $60

Call 610-328-8025 to register.

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 trips or At Home Series.

May 12

Green Roof Tour

Monday, May 12, 5 to 6:30 pm
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 16

Special Members Event: Unusual Tropicals and Annuals Preview Party

Friday, May 16, 5 pm
Wister Center

This year, special members are invited to the Unusual Tropicals and Annuals Sale Preview Party! Enjoy an evening of refreshments, friends, and amazing plants. Get first chance to shop the unique plants selection while enjoying hors d'oeuvres, beer, and a glass of wine.

Save the date and an invitation will be mailed to upper category members in April. Becoming an upper category member.

May 16

Unusual Tropicals and Annuals Sale Preview Party

Friday, May 16, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Wister Parking Lot

Enjoy first chance to shop the unique and diverse plant selections at the Unusual Tropicals and Annuals Sale Preview Party. Enjoy an evening of refreshments, friends, and amazing plants.

$40 ticket includes hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine, and first opportunity to shop.

Register online or call 610-328-8025 to purchase tickets.

May 17

Unusual Tropicals and Annuals Sale

Saturday, May 17, 10 am to Noon - Member Shopping
Saturday, May 17, Noon to 3 pm - Public Shopping
Wister Center

Create a tropical paradise in your backyard with plants from the Unusual Tropicals and Annuals Sale on Saturday, May 17. 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, and Xanthosoma (elephant ears), Canna, Ensete, Musa, Musella (bananas), and bromeliads create a stunning, lush effect that reminds you of the tropics. 


These plants are often hard to find in garden centers, so the Arboretum has decided to offer you many of the more unusual selections that we have successfully grown in the Delaware Valley over the years.  We will offer limited quantities of more than 200 selections ranging from bromeliads and cannas to succulents.


Plant experts will be on hand to answer your plant questions as well as give plant demonstrations to get your creative juices flowing. These plants are great way to transform your containers and garden. For more details and times about all the events at the sale, visit http://www.scottarboretum.org/TropicalSale.

May 17

Arboretum Highlights Tour

Saturday, May 17, 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 Julie Jenney, Education Programs Coordinator. 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 28

At Home Series: Private Gardens in Bryn Mawr and Rosemont
SOLD OUT

Wednesday, May 28, 9:30 am to Noon
Drive on your own

The first garden is home to Laura and Jack Gregg who began gardening there more than 30 years ago. The gardens are for fun and visitors will find delightful vistas and surprises, such as the collection of turtle sculptures and decorative cement leaves and troughs in the garden beds. The meadow garden is now four years old. Laura, an avid plant collector, tries several varieties of a plant in different locations in order to determine what works best and where. In the woodland garden, unusual shade plants thrive, and scattered throughout the gardens are a great variety of peonies and interesting small trees, including magnolias, stewartia, and fringetree. Jack is the pruner.

The couple grows plants to attract insects and birds – no chemicals are used. Look for innovative edible ground covers of strawberries, lettuces, asparagus, and rhubarb. The front circle of lawn was torn out and replaced with a vegetable garden that includes a tall blue bamboo structure for pole beans. The sculptures are by Inta Krombolz, Stephanie Weihs, and Greg Levitt, who also designed the fountain.

The second garden in Rosemont is the home of Garance and Chris Prior. When they bought the property in 2001, very little landscaping existed. Over the years, the original high stone walls were lowered to create views into the garden. Stone and slate walkways were introduced to allow easy access to the flower beds and patios all around the house. Garance’s creativity can be found throughout the garden with handmade troughs and concrete painted leaves. You can relax by the pond in front of the house or take a quiet nap on the Moroccan porch where you can hear the stone water feature she made with her son.

There is a swimming pool tucked in the back surrounded by plants, a teak gazebo with a dining table and rustic candle chandelier, and a new Amish constructed potting shed next to the garage. Their lovely stone home originally belonged to the nephew of the painter Mary Cassatt and we might just get to go inside! Please park on the street for both gardens. Driving directions will be emailed a week before. Limited to 25. 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.
Members: $20   Non-members: $60

SOLD OUT

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 trips or At Home Series.