March 2018

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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 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 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.