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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

The Winter Celebration is a horticulture-inspired event complete with friends, drinks, and delicious hors d’oeuvres in the midst of winter. Our guest speaker this year is Doug Tallamy, Professor and Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware and author of Bringing Nature Home.

Invitations will be mailed to members.

Complete details in November.

January 25

Joanne Walkovic Memorial Lecture: 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.

Complete details available December.