THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

February 2018

1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29

February 14

Nature's Narratives: The Soul of an Octopus

Wednesday, February 14, 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Scott Horticutural 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.

Scientists have only recently accepted the intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees but now are watching octopuses solve problems and are trying to decipher the meaning of the animal’s color-changing techniques. With her “joyful passion for these intelligent and fascinating creatures” (Library Journal Editors’ Spring Pick), Montgomery chronicles the growing appreciation of this mollusk as she tells a unique love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds.

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.

February 16

Horticulture Seminar: Witch Hazel Family

Friday, February 16, 10 am to 3 pm
Snow Date: Friday, February 23
Wister Center

Join Curator, Mary Tipping, for an in-depth look into the beautiful world of Hamamelidaceae, the witch hazel family. Through classroom discussion and explorations in the collections we will get a close look at this diverse family of trees and shrubs and how to effectively use them in the landscape. Participants will receive thorough plant fact sheets on each plant covered in class. We will have a 30-minute break for lunch; please bring your own (morning snacks will be provided). Dress for weather and walking through the collections to see the witch hazels in bloom! Limit 30.


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.