THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

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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
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.

More information about this event will be listed on our website and invitations will be mailed to members.

Registration is required and will open this fall.

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 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’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).