THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

January 2017

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January 10

Excursion: The Pennsylvania Farm Show

Tuesday, January 10, depart 7:30 am, approx. return 4 pm CANCLED
Tour 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. Today the Farm 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 fabulous Farm Show Food Court. Becky Robert and Mary Tipping will give a history and overview on the bus; time at the show will be on your own. Limit 35; 20 are needed to run the trip. 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 one-year Individual Membership.

CANCELED

Cancellation Policy:

  • The Scott Arboretum retains the right to cancel any program due to lack of enrollment or unforeseen problems. Please provide us with your email so we have a way to notify you regarding scheduling changes.
  • No refunds are available for day bus trips.

January 11

Nature's Narratives: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Wednesday, January 11, 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.

Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In prose that is at once frank, entertaining, and deeply informed, New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before in The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.

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.

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 15

Winter Celebration: Words to Garden by: Inspirational Garden Writing that Feeds our Knowledge and Passion

Sunday, January 15, 4 to 7 pm
Chang Hou Hall

In addition to being a renowned horticultural educator, historian, and author, Jenny Rose Carey is the Director of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s (PHS) Meadowbrook Farm. Born in London, England, Jenny grew up in a country village in Kent in a family of gardeners and botanists.

She received an honors degree in biology at Southampton University and earned her post-graduate degree in education at Oxford University. She started her career as a teacher of biology and physical science in England and then returned to school to receive a horticulture degree at Temple University Ambler.

Jenny worked at Temple for over a decade, first as an adjunct professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, and then as the Director of the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University. At Temple Ambler she worked closely with faculty, staff, and donors to finance and install three new gardens. She was involved with the students in projects on campus and in their prize-winning exhibits at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show.

She has lectured around the world on a range of topics, including gardens of the Jazz Age, women in gardening history, gardening without additional watering, shade gardens, herb gardens, and world gardens. Jenny has created a spectacular educational garden at her Victorian property, Northview, which contains a shade garden, a moss garden, and a stumpery.

$25 for lecture and hors d'oeuvres

Walk-ins will be permitted if space allows.

January 18

Walk with the Curator Tour: Berries, Bark, and Buds

Wednesday, January 18, Noon to 1 pm
Tours depart from the Scott Arboretum Offices and are free and open to the public.

Join Mary Tipping, Curator and Plant Recorder of the Scott Arboretum, for an in-depth look at the berries, bark, and buds through the eyes of the person responsible for curating the collection. Mary will discuss the most recent accessions acquired for the collection, why plants were removed from the collection and maybe should be removed from your garden, as well as the latest garden designs at the Scott Arboretum.

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 19

Wanderings at One: Tuscany-Gardens of Florence, Siena, and Lucca: The Scott Associates 2016 Trip

Thursday, January 19, 1 to 2 pm
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema

Join Claire Sawyers on a virtual journey as she speaks about the recent Scott Associates trip to Italy. Traveling in Tuscany for 12 days, they stayed in Florence, Greve in Chianti, and Lucca to visit gardens in the surrounding areas, and sampled wines and cuisine of the region during grape harvest time.

Free and open to the public, Wanderings at One 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 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema at Swarthmore College.

 

Important Parking Information:

  • A map of suggested on-street parking and college campus map.
  • Parking on Elm Avenue near Whittier Place would be a walk of approximately three blocks to the Lang Performing Arts Center.
  • Please note all posted Borough and Swarthmore College signs. The Scott Arboretum is not responsible for parking citations incurred during programs.
  • Also, please note: visitor parking is very restricted in the DuPont parking lot during weekdays.

    WEATHER NOTICE: In the event of inclement weather , call 610-328-8228, the campus weather hotline. If the college is closed, the lecture will be cancelled. If the college is open, or has a delayed opening, the lecture will take place. In the event that the college is open but the lecturer can not make it, we will update this site as soon as possible.

January 22

Joanne Walkovic Memorial Lecture: The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change

Sunday, January 22, 2 pm
Chang Hou Hall
Co-sponsored with the Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Chapter

Ken Druse plumbs the depths of shade once again - 20 years after the publication of his best seller, The Natural Shade Garden. This time, it's to tackle the challenges that have arisen due to our changing climate.

The low-stress environment of shade (cooler temperatures, fewer water demands, carbon sequestration) is extremely beneficial for our plants, our planet, and us. Ken details new ways of looking at all aspects of the gardening process, in topics such as designing your garden, choosing and planting trees, soil conservation, critter issues, and discovering the vast array of flowers and foliage - all within the trials of a warming planet, shrinking resources, and new weather patterns. Ken knows that the best defense is to create a verdant retreat - he says, "The garden of the future will be in the shade."

Ken Druse is a celebrated lecturer, an award-winning photographer, and an author, who has been called “the guru of natural gardening” by the New York Times. He is best known for his 20 garden books published over the last 25 years. The American Horticultural Society listed his first large format work, The Natural Garden, among the best books of all time. His book, Making More Plants, won the award of the year when it was first published from the Garden Writers Association (GWA).

GWA gave Ken the 2013 gold medal for photography and silver for the writing of his book, Natural Companions. His latest book, published in 2015, is The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change. More information about Ken’s lecture will be available this fall.

Free and open to the public, space limited to 200. First come, first served.

January 26

Wanderings at One: The Great and Powerful Gardens of OZ

Thursday, January 26, 1 to 2 pm
Lang Performing Art Center Cinema

Travel "down under" with the Longwood Graduate Fellows as they recount their international experience to Australia. In addition to many beautiful gardens, the Fellows explored the concepts of return on mission and civic responsibility in an effort to advance Longwood's forthcoming strategic plan.

Free and open to the public, Wanderings at One 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 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema at Swarthmore College.

 

Important Parking Information:

  • A map of suggested on-street parking and college campus map.
  • Parking on Elm Avenue near Whittier Place would be a walk of approximately three blocks to the Lang Performing Arts Center.
  • Please note all posted Borough and Swarthmore College signs. The Scott Arboretum is not responsible for parking citations incurred during programs.
  • Also, please note: visitor parking is very restricted in the DuPont parking lot during weekdays.

    WEATHER NOTICE: In the event of inclement weather, call 610-328-8228 - the campus weather hotline. If the college is closed, the lecture will be cancelled. If the college is open, or has a delayed opening, the lecture will take place. In the event that the college is open but the lecturer can not make it, we will update this site as soon as possible.