THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

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October 1

Hand-Tied Bouquet Fundamentals

Wednesday, October 1, 6:30 to 9 pm
Gillespie Room, Wister Center

This hands-on workshop will focus on how to create a hand-tied bouquet featuring fall foliage and bountiful blooms. All flowers used will be locally grown and farm fresh. Participants will learn design techniques from professional floral designer Mary Coombs of A Garden Party Florist in Elmer, New Jersey, and everyone will leave with a one-of-a-kind bouquet to enjoy. Price includes all materials. Limited to 20.


Members: $55                   Non-members: $65

Registeration Closed.

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.

October 5

Scott Associates Garden Day

Sunday, October 5, 1 to 6 pm
Malvern

See glorious gardens created and maintained by gardeners like you and get tips from these gardeners at the Scott Associates Garden Day. Visit gardens in the Malvern area to learn about the plant combinations other gardeners are using. This is a great opportunity to see firsthand how gardens grow in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

Admission is free for members; non-members can purchase tickets for $25 for adults and $15 for children. Purchase tickets online or call 610-328-8025.

Members will be mailed descriptions and directions to the gardens a month before the event. Non-members can contact the Scott offices at 610-328-8025 for a map.

October 8

Nature's Narratives: American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation

Wednesday, October 8, 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Scott Horticultural 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.

Eric Rutkow’s “deeply fascinating” (The Boston Globe) work, American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation, shows how trees were essential to the early years of the republic and indivisible from the country’s rise as both an empire and a civilization.

Among American Canopy’s many captivating stories: the Liberty Trees, where colonists gathered to plot rebellion against the British; Henry David Thoreau’s famous retreat into the woods; the creation of New York City’s Central Park; the great fire of 1871 that killed a thousand people in the lumber town of Wisconsin; the fevered attempts to save the American chestnut and the American elm from extinction; and the controversy over spotted owls and the old-growth forests they inhabited.

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.

October 9

Excursion: Philadelphia Mural Arts Walking Tour

Thursday, October 9, 10 am to Noon
Drive on your own

Philadelphia has become known as "The City of Murals" through the efforts of Jane Golden and the Mural Arts Program, originally started in the 1980's to curb the ever-growing graffiti plaguing public city spaces. Now, over 30 years later, the non-profit program has created over 3,000 works of art, through efforts to engage children, community activists, prison inmates and exmates in art education and expression. Join Betsy Gullan for a guided two-hour, one-mile, walking tour in Center City, starting at 9th and Market just outside Market East Station. You will see murals with many different messages and hear about the many facets and benefits of the program. Trip organized by Betsy Gullan; information on where to meet will be sent one week before the trip. Rain or shine. Limited to 20.

Members: $25                   Non-members: $65    

Register online or call 610-328-8025.                       

A terrific incentive to become a member! 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.

October 11

Green Roof Tour

Saturday, October 11, 10 to 11:30 am
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.

October 17

Perennial Plant Conference

Friday, October 17, 8 am to 5 pm
Lang Performing Arts Center

This popular day-long conference is hosted in the Delaware Valley of Pennsylvania, an area with a rich garden history. The conference covers a variety of topics of interest to horticulturists and avid gardeners. Optional study tours of the Scott Arboretum's extensive perennial plant collection will also be available.

This conference is co-sponsored by Chanticleer, Longwood Gardens, the Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Group, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College.

Included in your registration packet will be a FREE weekend admission pass to Chanticleer and Longwood Gardens for the weekend following the conference. To receive a brochure, please contact Longwood Gardens at (610) 388-5454 or visit www.perennialplantconference.org. No phone registrations please.

October 19

Scott Associates Fall Celebration

Sunday, October 19, 4 pm
Lang Performing Arts Center

Join Scott Associates and staff for this special presentation and festive reception. The 2014 recipient of the Scott Medal and Award is Jane Pepper, former President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

Entrance is free and the public is welcome! RSVP online or call 610-328-8025.

October 24

Excursion: Storm King Arts Center

Friday, October 24, departs at 7:30 am
Tours depart from Wister Center

Widely celebrated as one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, Storm King Art Center has welcomed visitors from across the globe for fifty years. It is located one hour north of New York City, in the lower Hudson Valley, where its pristine 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands provides the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time. Bring your own lunch. Travel will be by bus with Julie Jenney. We will begin with a tour and then have time on our own. Extensive walking. Limited to 30.
Members: $85                    Non-members: $125

Register online or call 610-328-8025.   

A terrific incentive to become a member! 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.

October 26

Growing Peonies from Seed

Sunday, October 26, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Gillespie Room, Wister Center

Co-sponsored with the Mid-Atlantic Peony Society
Peonies are usually propagated by division of the roots, but peonies can be grown from seed too.  Come listen to Bob Johnson of Bend, Oregon as he gives the details of this process. Bob's grandmothers were both avid gardeners and during his childhood his paternal grandmother explained to him how the process of  pollination produced seeds.

He kept his hybridizing interest through college and currently works in partnership with Adelman Peony Gardens, where two-year old advanced generation seedlings from his efforts in Bend are grown to blooming size in their nursery fields. Immediately following the meeting will be a reception and auction/sale of peonies with members of the Mid-Atlantic Peony Society.

All are welcome to attend!

October 30

Botanical Beer Dinner

Thursday, October 30, 6:30 pm
Gillespie Room, Wister Center

Join Chef Tony Sortino and Certified Cicerone® Alex Crowe as they inspire our palates with four delectable courses perfectly paired with craft beer. The ingredients of each course will be described along with the beers and why the pairing works so well. Tony has become a popular part of Philly Beer Week as well as Beer Appetit, a television series focusing on craft beer throughout the world. Alex attended the Siebel Institute of Brewing Technology, is certified by the Beer Judge Certification Program, and was the first to become a Certified Cicerone® in Pennsylvania. Not only will this be a delicious dinner, it will also be a fascinating learning experience, uncovering the ingredients of beer and why it pairs so well with so many different kinds of food. Limited to 40.


Members: $60                   Non-members: $70   

Register online or call 610-328-8025.                        

Menu:

  • Pear, watercress, shaved Parmesan, dried cranberries, and pecan salad with a champagne and cranberry vinaigrette
  • Charcuterie of cheese, dried meats, and pickled vegetables served with French bread
  • Italian porketta with sweet potato and prune casserole and a side of Brussels sprouts and bacon
  • Molasses cake and ginger snap ice cream

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.