THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

May 2017

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May 4

Crum Woods Tour

Thursday, May 4, Noon to 1 pm
Tours depart from the Scott Outdoor Amphitheater and are free and open to the public.

Explore and learn about the trails, wildlife, and ecology of the Crum Woods. This tour is geared for gardeners from beginners to experts. The tour departs from the Scott Outdoor Amphitheater 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.

May 6

Members Plant Exchange and Sale

Saturday, May 6, 10 am
Wister Center Parking Lot

The 22nd annual Members Plant Exchange & Sale is where members of the Scott Arboretum come together to donate and exchange plants from their own gardens. For every three plants a member donates, a plant of their choosing is received in exchange.

During the sale portion of the event, members can buy most plants for only a dollar. Over 3,000 plants exchange hands at this annual event, which allows gardeners to increase their plant collections for a fraction of the potential cost and divide their own overgrown plantings. Learn more here.

May 8

Mid-Atlantic Peony Society Tour and Reception

Monday, May 8, 5 to 6:30 pm
Wister Center

Tour our stunning and ever-expanding Tree Peony Collection at the peak of bloom. Explore the collection with experts from the Mid-Atlantic Peony Society and stay for a reception in the Wister Center with like-minded gardening enthusiasts.

The tour will begin at the Wister Center 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.

May 12

National Public Gardens Day Tour

Friday, May 12, Noon to 1 pm
Tours depart from the Scott Arboretum Offices and are free and open to the public.

Explore the Scott Arboretum's plant collections with staff on National Public Gardens Day. 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.

The ninth annual National Public Gardens Day, scheduled for May 12, 2017, is a national day of celebration that invites communities to explore the beauty of their local green spaces while raising awareness of the important role public gardens play in promoting conservation, education, and environmental preservation. Annually scheduled on the Friday preceding Mother’s Day weekend, schools, families, garden enthusiasts, and visitors are invited to visit public gardens in their local communities for special events and activities.

May 1213

Scott Arboretum Selections: Spring Sale

Friday, May 12, 5:30 to 7:30 pm: Preview Party
Saturday, May 13, 10 am to Noon: Member Shopping
Saturday, May 13, Noon to 3 pm: Public shopping
Wister Center

Scott Arboretum Selections: The Spring Sale features a variety of plants to help the local gardener create a backyard oasis. Explore our curated selection of unusual tropicals, annuals, shrubs, and spring blooming perennials on Saturday, May 13. All these selections are hard to find in the trade but tried-and-true performers at the Scott Arboretum.


You will find tropicals, annuals, and tender plants not found at the big box stores. They add a sense of the lush tropics to your garden. For many years the Scott Arboretum has showcased interesting tropicals and annuals in containers and various gardens around the campus from May to November. Tropical plants such as Alocasia, Colocasia, and Xanthosoma (elephant ears), Canna, Ensete, Musa, Musella (bananas), and bromeliads create a stunning, lush effect that reminds you of the tropics. 

Add some wow to your spring garden with our selection of spring blooming shrubs and perennials as well.

Plant experts will be on hand to answer your plant questions. These plants are a great way to transform your containers and garden.


Scott Arboretum Selections Sales are hard-to-find but plant performers that thrive in Delaware Valley gardens. We have selected unusual plants that are ideal for use and planting at the time of sale (Spring Sale, Holiday Sale, Fall Sale).

May 17

Evening Highlight Tour

Wednesday, May 17, 6 to 7:30 pm
Tours depart from the Scott Arboretum Offices and are free and open to the public.

Explore the Scott Arboretum's plant collections with staff. 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.

May 25

Dean Bond Rose Garden Tour

Thursday, May 25, Noon to 1 pm
Tours depart from the Dean Bond Rose Garden and are free and open to the public.

Learn more about our organic rose garden from the staff who maintains this stunning collection. This tour is geared for gardeners from beginners to experts. The tour will begin in the Dean Bond Rose Garden 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.