THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

January 2018

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January 10

Nature's Narrative: Mountains of the Heart

Wednesday, January 10, 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.

Stretching almost unbroken from Alabama to Belle Isle, Newfoundland, the Appalachians are one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. In Mountains of the Heart, renowned author and avid naturalist Scott Weidensaul shows how geology, ecology, climate, evolution, and 500 million years of history have shaped one of the continent's greatest landscapes into an ecosystem of unmatched beauty.

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.

January 14

Winter Celebration with Scott Weidensaul

Sunday, January 14, 4 to 7 pm
Science Center 101 (Chang Hou Hall)

Dispel the winter blues with Scott Weidensaul’s discussion of his newly revised and expanded 20th anniversary edition of his award-winning book Mountains of the Heart: A Natural History of the Appalachians at the 2017 Winter Celebration. Come in from the cold and have a cocktail or glass of wine with friends.

Enjoy an entertaining, thought-provoking, and visually stimulating presentation where Scott will examine the conservation challenges and successes that recent decades have brought to these seemingly timeless hills, and what the future may hold for them.

Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist Living on the Wind, about bird migration; The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery and Endurance in Early America; and most recently, The Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean.

Scott is a contributing editor for Audubon, a columnist for Bird Watcher's Digest and writes for a variety of other publications. He lives in eastern Pennsylvania, where he studies the migration of owls and hummingbirds.

Seats are filling quickly. To register, call 610-328-8025 before 4 pm on Friday, January 12. Messages will not be checked after 4 pm.

January 18

Walk with the Curator: Berries, Bark, and Buds

Thursday, 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 tried-and-true plants and the most recent accessions acquired for the collection 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 18

Wanderings at One: The Persian Garden: UNESCO World Heritage Site

January 18, 2017, 1 to 2 pm
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema

Join Scott Arboretum staff and local gardening enthusiasts as they share travel experiences abroad! In addition to learning about spectacular gardens, plants, and landscapes, you’ll get a taste of the art, cuisine, architecture, and customs of lands near and far. It’s a perfect wintertime escape!

Nine gardens from different epochs and climates make up the Persian Garden World Heritage Site (one of the 21 World Heritage Sites in Iran). Michael Brown who is retired from Medical Publishing, will explore five of the nine gardens, generalize about the features of Persian gardens, and discuss the influence of this style in Iranian and world gardening. Architecture and culture will be mentioned when they are important to viewing the gardens in context.

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 throughout the world. Held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema at Swarthmore College.

WEATHER CANCELATIONS: To learn if the college has canceled activities or will open late, please call the Swarthmore Weather Emergency Hotline: 610-328-8228.


PARKING INFORMATION:  Please note parking regulations on campus and read posted college and Swarthmore Borough signs carefully.

FREE PARKING LOCATIONS

  • On-street (one side of street only): Cedar Lane, Elm Avenue, Walnut Lane, Ogden Avenue, College Avenue
  • Arboretum lot on College Ave by Wister Center
  • Visitor spaces in Ben West lot off of Route 320

RESTRICTED PARKING
Monday - Friday, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm

  • The lot on the southeast corner of College Ave and Route 320 is for faculty/staff only during the hours listed above.
  • The lots off of Whittier Place are primarily for faculty/staff; a few visitor spaces are available with limited time.

Swarthmore College tickets are $30 for parking illegally in faculty/staff-designated campus spaces. Please note that if you have a Swarthmore College parking hang tag, you cannot park in visitor spaces with the hang tag visible.

January 25

Wandering at One: Canada: 150 and Growing

Thursday, January 25, 1 to 2 pm
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema

Join Scott Arboretum staff and local gardening enthusiasts as they share travel experiences abroad! In addition to learning about spectacular gardens, plants, and landscapes, you’ll get a taste of the art, cuisine, architecture, and customs of lands near and far. It’s a perfect wintertime escape!

Canada celebrated its sesquicentennial in 2017. Learn about the last 150 years, and explore the revitalization plans for the next century through a gardener’s lens with Becky Robert, PR and Volunteer Programs Coordinator. Discover how historic gardens and parks welcome a new generation of horticulturists, and learn about new gardens.

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 throughout the world. Held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema at Swarthmore College.

WEATHER CANCELATIONS: To learn if the college has canceled activities or will open late, please call the Swarthmore Weather Emergency Hotline: 610-328-8228.

PARKING INFORMATION:  Please note parking regulations on campus and read posted college and Swarthmore Borough signs carefully.

FREE PARKING LOCATIONS

  • On-street (one side of street only): Cedar Lane, Elm Avenue, Walnut Lane, Ogden Avenue, College Avenue
  • Arboretum lot on College Ave by Wister Center
  • Visitor spaces in Ben West lot off of Route 320

RESTRICTED PARKING
Monday - Friday, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm

  • The lot on the southeast corner of College Ave and Route 320 is for faculty/staff only during the hours listed above.
  • The lots off of Whittier Place are primarily for faculty/staff; a few visitor spaces are available with limited time.

Swarthmore College tickets are $30 for parking illegally in faculty/staff-designated campus spaces. Please note that if you have a Swarthmore College parking hang tag, you cannot park in visitor spaces with the hang tag visible.

January 28

Container Savvy - The Joanne Walkovic Memorial Lecture

Sunday, January 28, 2 pm
Chang Hou Hall

The Joanne Walkovic Memorial Lecture Co-sponsored with the Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Chapter


Grow beautiful flowers, vegetables, and fruits on your balcony or patio. Learn what kinds of containers to choose, what to fill them with, and how to care for your container garden throughout the growing season. Based on Jessica Walliser’s new book, Container Gardening Complete, this talk features inspiring ideas for container gardening projects, including ways to repurpose household items to create unique containers and trellises.

Favorite container-worthy veggie varieties are also highlighted, as well as tips for reducing maintenance and watering chores.

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

Jessica’s book, Container Gardening Complete, will be for sale (cash or check only).