THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

March 2018

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March 1

Wanderings at One: From Madrid to the Mediterranean: The Search for Green in Urban Spain

Thursday, March 1, 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!

Join Josh Coceano, horticulturist, in sultry Spain as he explores its parks, botanical gardens, and green spaces. The journey begins in Madrid, then heads south along the country’s southeastern coast, known for its palm trees and rosemary-laden mountains. Despite limited precipitation, urban greening efforts are thriving.

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.

March 2

Advanced Pruning Workshop

Friday, March 2, 9 am to 3:30 pm
Snow Date: Friday, March 9
Wister Center

This class is for those of you who know the basics of pruning but would like to learn more about how to prune specific types of plants as well as learn specific pruning techniques. The morning will start with Scott Arboretum Gardener Supervisor, Adam Glas, who will cover roses, clematis, other vines, and cutback shrubs, as well as how to espalier and pollard. After lunch, Scott Arboretum Gardener, Dwight Darkow, will cover hydrangeas, conifers, and structural pruning of young trees. We will have a 45-minute break for lunch; please bring your own (morning snacks will be provided). Walking to specific plants throughout the campus will be a part of the day so dress for the weather. Limit 25.

 

Members: $35                   Non-members: $45

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.

March 8

Wanderings at One: Japan: The Many Gardens and Styles of Kyoto

Thursday, March 8, 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!

If you travel to Japan, plan to spend several days in Kyoto just for the gardens. In his recent trip there, Keith Robertshaw, arboretum associate, collector, and traveler, visited a variety of gardens, including a moss garden, a bamboo garden, and even the imperial garden! You’ll hear about Japanese gardening styles in this talk. Keith was particularly impressed by the care and effort put into the trimming of trees, a process that can take years.

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 both in the United States and abroad. 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.

March 14

Nature's Narratives: Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden

Wednesday, March 14, 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.

A classic in the literature of the garden, Green Thoughts is a beautifully written and highly original collection of seventy-two essays, alphabetically arranged, on topics ranging from “Annuals” and “Artichokes” to “Weeds” and “Wildflowers.”

An amateur gardener for over thirty years, Eleanor Perényi draws upon her wide-ranging knowledge of gardening lore to create a delightful, witty blend of how-to advice, informed opinion, historical insight, and philosophical musing. There are entries in praise of earthworms and in protest of rock gardens, a treatise on the sexual politics of tending plants, and a paean to the salubrious effect of gardening (see “Longevity”). Twenty years after its initial publication, Green Thoughts remains as much a joy to read as ever.

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.

March 18

Scott Associates Spring Celebration

Sunday, March 18, 4 pm
Lang Performing Arts Center

Join Scott Associates for this exceptional event to honor the 2018 recipient of the Scott Medal and Award, Paul W. Meyer, the F. Otto Haas Executive Director of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania.

In the words of the 2017 Scott Medal Recipient, R. William Thomas, “Paul has led the renaissance of the Morris Arboretum, making it an internationally significant institution known for its collections, aesthetics, education, and research.” Holly Shimizu states, “Paul led the way with [the Morris Arboretum’s] LEED Platinum Certified Horticulture Center featuring geothermal wells, a green roof, solar energy, water cistern, and recycled materials. While moving forward with so much innovation, Paul has also respected the rich history and past of the Morris Arboretum.” And from Roy Lancaster: “[Paul Meyer] is in my opinion the perfect ambassador for American horticulture and a credit to his profession.”

This event and reception are free and open to the public. Please RSVP to reserve a space; invitations will be mailed to members in late winter.

March 20

First Day of Spring Highlight Tour

Tuesday, March 20, noon to 1 pm
Tours depart from the Scott Arboretum Offices and are free and open to the public.

Celebrate the first day of spring by exploring early spring blooms at the Scott Arboretum. This tour is geared for gardeners from beginners to experts. 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.