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January 11

Walk with the Curator: Ornamental Bark

Sunday, January 11, 2 to 3:30 pm
Tour departs from the Scott Arboretum offices

Create winter interest in your garden with ornamental bark. Explore our extensive collection of striking and dynamic ornmental bark plants. Join Curator Andrew Bunting to learn about this specific group of plants, 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.

January 13

Excursion: Pennsylvania Farm Show

Tuesday, January 13, depart at 7:30 am
Departs from the Wister Center

Since colonial days, farmers have gathered to share information about their crops and livestock and compare notes on cultivation methods. Pennsylvania's founder, William Penn, organized an agricultural show in Philadelphia as early as 1686. Today the show is comprised of one million square feet of space under one continuous roof – it is the largest indoor agricultural event in the United States. Lunch will be on your own in the Farm Show Food Court which offers a variety of Pennsylvania products, from mushrooms to trout chowder to honey ice cream. Scott Arboretum staff will give a history and overview on the bus; time at the show will be on your own. Limited to 35.

Members: $50                   Non-members: $90

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.


January 14

Nature Narratives: Arctic Dreams

Wednesday, January 14, 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.

Barry Lopez offers a thorough examination of this obscure world - its terrain, its wildlife, its history of Eskimo natives and intrepid explorers who have arrived on its icy shores. But what turns this marvelous work of natural history into a breathtaking study of profound originality is his unique meditation on how the landscape can shape our imagination, desires, and dreams. Its prose as hauntingly pure as the land it describes, Arctic Dreams is nothing less than an indelible classic of modern literature.

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.

January 17

Winter Celebration: Doug Tallamy

Saturday, January 17, 4 to 7 pm
Science Center Room 101, Elderidge Commons

Come in from the cold and have a cocktail or glass of wine with friends.

Enjoy an entertaining, thought-provoking, and visually stimulating presentation by Doug Tallamy who weaves a colorful blend of images with new ways to look at the gardens and landscapes around us.

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.

With wit, gorgeous photography, and an important message for any level of gardener, Doug Tallamy will lead us through the intersected journey of plants, insects, and animals.

A growing number of people are gardening to help conserve local biodiversity, but many know little about the animals they are helping. Learn the fascinating ways animals interact with the native plants they depend on and see some of the most productive plants homeowners can use to nurture these animals. Understanding these relationships enriches our lives and further justifies the use of natives.

Tickets to this event make unique holiday gifts!

$25 ticket includes lecture and hors d'oeuvres

Register online or by calling 610-328-8025.

A limited quantity of Doug’s books, Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants and The Living Landscape, will be available for purchase and signing.

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 80 research articles and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, Insect Ecology, and other courses for 33 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence.

January 22

Travels at 12:30: Magnolia Hunting in Colombia

Thursday, January 22, 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema

The rich native flora of Colombia is native to 32 species of Magnolias.  Join Andrew Bunting as he explores the natural areas around Bogota, Medellin and Jardin in search of some of the most rare and beautiful magnolias in the world. 

Free and open to the public, Travels at 12:30 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 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema at Swarthmore College.

Click here for complete 2015 Travels at 12:30 schedule.

January 25

Joanne Walkovic Memorial Lecture:
Perennials with Pizzazz from Tony Avent

Sunday, January 25, 2 pm
Lang Performing Arts Center

Joanne Walkovic Memorial Lecture for the Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Chapter, our co-sponsors for this event. A reception will follow.

Renowned American horticulturalist and plantsman, Tony Avent, will explore Perennials with Pizzazz.  Learn about the stunning new plants for 2015 and specular tried and true selections. A well-known plant explorer, author, and entertaining public speaker, Tony Avent is also the owner of Plant Delights Nursery and established Juniper Level Garden in Raleigh, North Carolina.  


This event is free and open to the public. Join us for a reception with the speaker afterwards.

January 29

Travels at 12:30: Are We so Different from our Cuban Neighbors?

Monday, January 29, 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Tours depart from the Scott Arboretum Offices and are free and open to the public.

Local horticulturalists Peggy Anne Montgomery of American Beauties Native Plants and Dan Bensrcik of Chanticleer Gardens had the good fortune to visit Cuba with the Delaware Center for Horticulture in the spring of 2014. A cultural exchange with an emphasis on horticulture, they quickly fell in love with Cuba and realized early on that no matter what our governments might say, we are not so very different from each other.

Free and open to the public, Travels at 12:30 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 12:30 to1:30 p.m. in the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema at Swarthmore College.

Click here for complete 2015 Travels at 12:30 schedule.