THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

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November 3

Sunny Borders in a Changing Climate

Friday, November 3, 10 to 11:30 am
Wister Center

Co-sponsored with the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (1.5 APLD credits available)


Our featured speaker will be Longwood Gardens Section Gardener, Karl Gercens, who is responsible for many of the changing displays in the four-acre conservatory. His presentation will focus on design trends for outdoor sunny gardens he has experienced around the country and the globe.

In a time when weather is becoming more extreme, our design focus will hone in on plants that are adaptable for drought and heat tolerance, as well as those with early and late appeal. Small space challenges are trending including how to fit as much interest into gardens that are getting less and less expansive. Karl will discuss design challenges one might encounter showcasing success and failure. Everything is a learning opportunity! Limit 40.


Members of the Scott Arboretum and APLD: $20              Non-members: $30

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. Please provide us with your email so we have a way to notify you regarding scheduling changes.
  • Refunds for classes will only be available if notice is given 10 business days before the class.

November 5

What Do You Mean I'm Not a Perennial? - Native Shrubs and Small Trees for Perennial Companionship

Sunday, November 5, 2 pm
Chang Hou Hall

Co-sponsored with the Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Chapter


Most folks are familiar with the concept of the mixed border–perennials, annuals, shrubs, and evergreens blended together in a seamless composition with year-round interest. It sounds good in theory, but transplanting this concept into a real garden is more difficult than it seems.

Not all woody plants mix well with perennials and annuals for several reasons, including differing soil and fertilization needs, incompatible growth habits, aggressive root systems, or fear of crowds. This said, there are a number of native shrubs and small trees that mix wonderfully with herbaceous perennials and annuals.

Many can even be cut back every year or two just like their non-woody neighbors to control their size and promote flowering and vigorous growth. In this talk, Bill Cullina, executive director of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, will profile his fifty favorite "natural mixers," focusing on native woody plants that bring form, texture, color, and wildlife to the perennial garden.

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

November 8

Nature's Narratives: Landmarks

Wednesday, November 8, 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.

For years now, the British writer Robert Macfarlane has been collecting place-words: terms for aspects of landscape, nature, and weather, drawn from dozens of languages and dialects of the British Isles. In this, his fifth book Landmarks, Macfarlane brilliantly explores the linguistic and literary terrain of the British archipelago, from the Shetlands to Cornwall and from Cumbria to Suffolk, offering themed glossaries of hundreds of these rare, deeply local, poetical terms, organized by such geographical terrains as flatlands, uplands, waterlands, coastlands, woodlands, and underlands.

Interspersed with this archive of place words are biographical essays in which Macfarlane writes of his favorite authors who have paid close attention to the natural world and who embody in their own work the huge richness of place language—from Barry Lopez and John Muir to Nan Shepard, J. A. Baker, and Roger Deakin. Landmarks is a book about the power of language and how it can become a way to know and love landscape, from a writer acclaimed for his own precision of utterance and distinctive, lyrical voice.

The discussions are free and open to the public. Participants will need to read each month’s selection prior to the discussion.

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.

November 9

Cider: The Journey from Orchard to Glass

Thursday, November 9, 7 to 9 pm
Wister Center

Explore apple growing, hard cider production, and enjoy a guided cider tasting with Brian and Olga of Dressler Estate. Their workshop will showcase the journey of apples from the orchard to your glass. We will be tasting modern still - a dry, still cider with delicate fruit and floral aromas, finishing clean with crisp acidity. Other Pennsylvania cideries will be showcased as well. You will leave with the knowledge of how something you can grow right in your backyard becomes a delicious drink for you to enjoy. Brian and Olga became enchanted with cider making in 2012 and spent several years excitedly learning, and eventually completing, an international certificate in cider production. They launched their cidery in 2016. Light snacks will be offered. Limit 34.


Members: $30                   Non-members: $40

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. Please provide us with your email so we have a way to notify you regarding scheduling changes.
  • Refunds for classes will only be available if notice is given 10 business days before the class.

November 10

Walk with the Curator Tour: Deciduous Conifers

Friday, November 10, 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 Arboretum's collection of deciduous conifers. Mary will discuss how these ancient trees are a wonderful addition to your garden.

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.

November 21

Thankgiving Table Arrangements

Tuesday, November 21, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Wister Center

Join Gardener Supervisor Adam Glas to create a gorgeous arrangement for your Thanksgiving table with fresh autumn greens and flowers. Adam will lead a demonstration on how to choose the best plant materials and creatively display them to make your table a conversation piece. Participants will create their own centerpieces to take home. Limit 18.

 

Members: $45                   Non-members: $55

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. Please provide us with your email so we have a way to notify you regarding scheduling changes.
  • Refunds for classes will only be available if notice is given 10 business days before the class.

November 30

Green Wreath Workshops

Session A: Thursday, November 30, 2 to 4 pm
Session B: Thursday, November 30, 7 to 9 pm
Session C: Friday, December 1, 10 am to noon
Session D: Friday, December 1, 2 to 4 pm
Wister Center

Create a unique and festive wreath with a variety of freshly cut greens. Our pre-wrapped, moss-filled frames allow for long-lasting decorations for your home and also make wonderful holiday gifts. Please bring pruners; we supply all other materials. If you’ve kept your wreath frames from previous years, you can bring them back to donate to the Holiday Sale. Limit 18 per session.


Members: $45 per session          Non-members: $55 per session

Register by calling 610-328-8025 or clicking your session below:

Session A: Thursday, November 30, 2 to 4 pm
Session B: Thursday, November 30, 7 to 9 pm
Session C: Friday, December 1, 10 am to noon
Session D: Friday, December 1, 2 to 4 pm


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.
  • Refunds for classes will only be available if notice is given 10 business days before the class.