THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

December 2017

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December 1

Green Wreaths Workshop

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.

December 2

Scott Arboretum Selections: Holiday Sale

Saturday, December 2
Membership Shopping: 11:30 am to 1 pm
Public Shopping: 1 to 3 pm
Wister Center

Gorgeous greens, holiday accents, long-lasting wreaths, living gifts, and fun for the whole family! In addition to locally collected greens, berries, and cones for decorating, you’re invited to free festivities throughout the day: roast marshmallows over the fire, create kids nature crafts, discover great living gifts with unique plants, and get advice from experts.

Finished wreaths designed by talented and experienced volunteers and staff at the Scott Arboretum will be available for purchase. Our wreaths are fresh and have been created using damp sphagnum moss. This technique has been selected to ensure long-lasting wreaths. Our site for this event allows for creative winter displays and educational information about the greens being sold.

You’re invited! FREE festivities throughout the sale!

  • Roast marshmallows over the fire
  • Enjoy hot cider, chocolate, and holiday fare
  • Create kids nature crafts: STORYTIME at 1:15 pm
  • Discover great living gifts and unique plants
  • Take BERRIES AND BARK GARDEN TOUR at 1 pm
  • Get decorating inspiration with locally collected greens, berries, and cones; and advice from experts

Entrance is free and the public is welcome!

December 13

Nature's Narratives: Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto

Wednesday, December 13, 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.

At thirty-five, Leslie Buck made an impulsive decision to put her personal life on hold to pursue her passion. Leaving behind a full life of friends, love, and professional security, she became the first American woman to learn pruning from one of the most storied landscaping companies in Kyoto. 

Cutting Back recounts Buck’s bold journey and the revelations she has along the way. During her apprenticeship in Japan, she learns that the best Kyoto gardens look so natural they appear untouched by human hands, even though her crew spends hours meticulously cleaning every pebble in the streams.

She is taught how to bring nature’s essence into a garden scene, how to design with native plants, and how to subtly direct a visitor through a landscape. But she learns the most important lessons from her fellow gardeners: how to balance strength with grace, seriousness with humor, and technique with heart.

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.