THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

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February 5

Travels at 12:30: A Week in the Vineyard

Thursday, February 5, 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema

Spend a week at the Polly Hill Arboretum as Josh Coceano, horticulturalist, recounts his time working alongside the arboretum's staff. Josh will share challenges facing the arboretum on Martha's Vineyard as well as triumphs and exciting new projects and garden areas under development.

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.

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February 12

Travels at 12:30: Ancient Studies: Japan

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

Join the Longwood Graduate Program Class of 2016 as they recount their travels through Japan researching traditional Japanese horticultural techniques. They were charged with the task of exploring and documenting specific techniques to share with Longwood Gardens staff. Fellows met with experts at gardens, nurseries, and temples to explore techniques in bonsai, chrysanthemum bonsai, giant ikebana, and persimmon culture and are excited to share their experience! 

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.

February 12

Nature's Narratives: Weeds: In Defense of Nature's Most Unloved Plants

Wednesday, February 11, 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.

Richard Mabey, Great Britain’s “greatest living nature writer” (London Times), has written a stirring and passionate defense of nature’s most unloved plants.  Weeds: In Defense of Nature's Most Unloved Plants is a fascinating, eye-opening, and vastly entertaining appreciation of the natural world’s unappreciated wildflowers.

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.

February 19

Travels at 12:30: Survivors of Galapagos

Thrusday, February 19, 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Science Center Room 101

Located 600 miles off the coast of South America and 1 degree south of the equator, the Galápagos Islands lay in the Pacific Ocean, isolated from human contact for thousands of years. Upon discovery, the archipelago has been subject to varying degrees of human reaction to the unknown from “Hell on Earth” to the “Enchanted Islands.” Join Grace Byrne, 2014-2015 Education Intern, as she retraces the steps of Charles Darwin and discovers a series of survivors.

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 Science Center Room 101 at Swarthmore College.

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

February 26

Travels at 12:30: Darkness at Noon Thirty: The Tahitian Islands and the Total Solar Eclipse of July 2010

Thursday, February 26, 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema

A South Seas exploration of the beauty of the land, the seas and the skies will include some Horticulture, Ichthyology, Tahitian culture and Astronomy. 
Come dressed in your loudest island colors and contemplate upcoming eclipses and island paradises.

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.