THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

June 2017

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June 1

Dean Bond Rose Garden Tour

Thurday, June 1, 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 maintain 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.

June 7

Excursion: Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Willlowwood Arboretum, and Bamboo Brook

Wednesday, June 7, departs at 7 am
Departs from the Wister Center

Join Julie Jenney on a tour of three lovely properties owned by the Morris County Park System. Our first stop will be the George Griswold Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown, New Jersey, encompassing 127 acres featuring thematic collections of plant life, including ornamental grasses, spring-blooming shrubs and perennials, shade trees, and a garden called the "promising plants garden" which has underused plants supplied by nurseries, growers, and breeders.

Our next stop will be Willowwood Arboretum, 131 acres of rolling farmland with about 3,500 kinds of native and exotic plants, many of them rare plant species. In addition to undisturbed forest, the botanic collections include oak, maple, willow, magnolia, lilac, cherry, fir, pine, masses of ferns, and handsome displays of field and forest wild flowers. The Tubbs House, the historic residence, dates back to 1792 with the conservatory added in the 1930s. The gardens were planned to align the house with the landscape. The pervading feeling at Willowwood is one of pleasant informal paths through open areas and woodland, all carefully developed.

It is adjacent to Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center; geologically, these properties are of particular interest since Willowwood is in the Piedmont Province of New Jersey, while much of Bamboo Brook lies in the New Jersey Highlands Province. A study of their soils and rocks shows characteristic differences. Travel by coach. Bring your own lunch to have at the gardens. Limit 30.


Members: $80                   Non-members: $120

Please call 610-328-8025 to register.


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.

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.

June 9

Crum Woods Tour

Friday, June 9, 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.

June 9

Evening Garden Beer Stroll

Friday, June 9, 6 to 7:30 pm
Meet at the Wister Center.

Join Julie Jenney for an evening garden stroll with a glass of wine or beer in hand. Julie will highlight June blooms, her favorite plants and trees, and Scott Arboretum history and stories. Advanced registration for this tour is required. Limit 20.


Members: $10                   Non-members: $20

Register online or call 610-328-8025.

Cancellation Policy:

  • The Scott Arboretum retains the right to cancel any program due to lack of enrollment or unforeseen problems.
  • Refunds for classes will only be available if notice is given 10 business days before the class.

June 11

Scott Associates Garden Day

Sunday, June 11, 1 to 6 pm
Swarthmore

See glorious gardens created and maintained by gardeners like you and get tips from these gardeners at the Scott Associates Garden Day. Visit gardens in the Swarthmore area to learn about the plant combinations other gardeners are using. This is a great opportunity to see firsthand how gardens grow in the greater Philadelphia area.

The Scott Associates Garden Day Tour is Sunday, June 11 from 1 to 6 p.m., with a reception at the Scott Arboretum’s Wister Center from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Admission is free for members; non-members can purchase tickets for $25 for adults and $15 for children. Members will be mailed descriptions and directions to the gardens a month before the event. Non-members can contact the Scott offices at 610-328-8025 for a map.

June 13

South Campus Highlights Tour with the Curator

Tuesday, June 13, 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 new plantings and gardens on South Campus including around the Inn at Swarthmore and Matchbox. 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.

June 15

Green Roof Tour

Thursday, June 15, 5 to 6:30 pm
Tours depart from the Scott Arboretum Offices and are free and open to the public.

Learn about the inner workings, benefits, and beauty of green roofs while exploring the three different roofs we have at the Arboretum. Please note the level of difficulty on these tours is higher than others we offer; a brisk walk and several steps are required to access each roof. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted on the roofs.

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.

June 28

Excursion: Gardens and Steel Stacks of Bethlehem

Wednesday, June 28, departs at 7 am SOLD OUT
Departs from Wister Center

Our first stop of the day will be the plant collector’s garden of Ron and Sharon Donchez. This circa 1920 home is surrounded by almost an acre of gardens. After living abroad for ten years, the homeowners returned and decided to give their garden a more European feel. So began a labor of love that continues today. Throughout the property you’ll find a number of different small gardens each with its own individual collection of perennials, herbs, succulents, and annuals.

Look for a hellebore garden, a hosta garden, a succulent garden (plants in hypertufa containers), a perennial garden, an array of unusual conifers, a collection of dwarf Japanese maples, and many shrubs and trees with some pruned in unique ways. The focal point of the backyard is a natural, uncut stone patio enhanced with potted plants and a small cherub fountain. The patio and pathways were paved by Ron with stones collected (some brought home in their suitcases) by the homeowners on their travels. Look closely as you stroll along the paths, both wide and narrow, and discover seven whimsical natural stone animal sculptures.

After the Donchez garden we will spend time in Historic Bethlehem, enjoying lunch on our own, and then have an informal walking tour of the charming town. We will end the day at the extraordinary remains of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, now known as Steel Stacks, and walk along the Hoover Mason Trestle (HMT). The HMT was once used as a narrow gauge railroad to carry the coke, limestone, and iron ore needed to make the iron, from the ore yards to the blast furnaces.

Opened in June 2015, the HMT is now a public walkway; the trestle stands 46 feet tall and 2,000 feet long. While there are hints of a garden reminiscent of the High Line, it is the looming structures themselves that will wow you. Travel by coach with Jeff Jabco and Julie Jenney. Limit 25.


Members: $78                   Non-members: $118

SOLD OUT


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.

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.

June 29

Special Members Event

Thursday, June 29, 11 am to 1 pm
The Inn at Swarthmore

Come learn from the Scott Arboretum while enjoying brunch at the new Inn at Swarthmore. The event this year will be showcasing the interns, horticulturists, and staff of the Scott Arboretum and the various projects they are currently working on. Invitations to Special Members will be mailed in late May; to become an upper category member (Sponsor and above) so you don't miss this event, please contact the Scott offices at 610-328-8025.