THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

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September 9

Excursion: Untermyer Gardens and Wave Hill

Tuesday, September 9, departs at 7 am
Tours depart from the Wister Center

Join Jeff Jabco and Julie Jenney to visit Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers where former curatorial intern, Timothy Tilghman has been working since 2011. Purchased in 1899 by Samuel Untermyer, this estate was transformed over the following 40 years into one of the most celebrated gardens in America. Now though, while the core is intact (and a site to see!), much of the garden is in ruin, lending a romantic feel and mystery to the surrounding property. In partnership with the Yonkers Parks Department and input from Marco Polo Stufano, Untermyer Gardens is once again dazzling the garden-loving public with its brilliant design. Our next stop, Wave Hill in the Bronx, is a celebrated garden overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades encompassing gardens, greenhouses, and woodlands. While there we will have lunch, a private tour, and time on our own to explore. Admission to gardens and a boxed lunch from the Wave Hill café are included in the price. Travel by bus. Limited to 30.


Members: $115                                Non-members: $155      

Register online or call 610-328-8025.               

Excursions with the Scott Associates are member benefits; 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.

September 10

Nature's Narratives: The Secret Knowledge of Water

Wednesday, September 10, 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Scott Horticulture Library

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.

Deserts are environments that can be inhospitable even to seasoned explorers. Craig Childs has spent years in the deserts of the American West, and his treks through arid lands in search of water reveal the natural world at its most extreme. Join us to discuss The Secret Knowledge of Water.

The discussions are free and open to the public. Participants will need to read each month’s selection prior to the discussion. Refreshments and coffee will be provided. RSVP online or call 610-328-8025.

Books will not be supplied, but one copy of each is available in the Scott Horticultural Library for check-out and members of the Scott Arboretum enjoy lending priviledges. Call to register 610-328-8025. Limited to 12.

September 13

Arboretum Highlights Tour

Saturday, September 13, 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 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.

September 16

Green Roof Tour

Tuesday, September 16, 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.

September 18

Snowdrop Propagation

Thrusday, September 18, 6:30 to 9 pm
Gillespie Room, Wister Center

Galanthus, or snowdrops, have become a passion for many gardeners. And it is well known that they are most impressive planted en masse. In this hands-on workshop with Chanticleer assistant horticulturist, David Mattern, you will learn how to propagate snowdrops – the method demonstrated is one that can be used on all tunicate bulbs such as alliums, amaryllis, daffodils, and tulips. This class will uncover why certain Galanthus bulbs can be so expensive and sought after as well as some trade secrets of how to grow your collection and make a statement in your late winter garden! Limited to 24.


Members: $25                   Non-members: $35   

Register online or call 610-328-8025.                        

Cancellation Policy:

    • The Scott Arboretum retains the right to cancel any program due to lack of enrollment or unforeseen problems.
    • Refunds for classes will only be available if notice is given 10 business days before the class.

September 21

Walk with the Curator: Vibrunums

Sunday, September 21, 3 to 4:30 pm
Tours depart from the Scott Arboretum Offices and are free and open to the public.

Explore the breath and beauty of Viburnums, bringing eye-catching flowers, striking berries, and beautiful fall foliage to your garden.Join curator Andrew Bunting to learn about these garden gems, their history and importance to the arboretum collections. 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.

September 28

Portrait of a Garden

Sunday, September 28, 2 pm
Due to the high level of interest in this lecture, the Scott Arboretum has moved Portrait of a Garden to a larger venue. It will now be held at the Lang Performing Arts Center (LPAC) Cinema. Suggested parking is in the Dupont Visitor Lot and Scott Arboretum logo walking signs will lead people from the parking lot to LPAC.

Co-sponsored with the Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Chapter
Join us for a special lecture from the former head gardener of Sissinghurst, Alexis Datta. Alexis gardened at Sissinghurst for 22 years, beginning in 1991 as the assistant head gardener, becoming the head gardener in 2004.

Through her images we will learn about the history and philosophy of the famed garden created in the 1930s by garden writer and poet, Vita Sackville-West and designed by her husband, Harold Nicolson. There will also be special mention of the way the roses are trained and pruned at this classic English garden known for its series of “rooms”, and high, clipped hedges. A reception will follow the lecture.