THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

April 2014

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April 12

Flowering Cherries in Philadelphia: 100 Years and Going Strong

Saturday, April 12, 10 am to Noon
Gillespie Room, Wister Center and Cherry Border

Flowering cherries have long been a captivating presence in Japan and the US since their introduction 100 years ago. The interest in Japanese flowering cherries in the early 1900s was widespread and these plants came into the US through a number of different sources. Along with the famous plantings in Washington, there is a long history of growing flowering cherries in Philadelphia.

In this lecture, Tony Aiello, Director of Horticulture and Curator of the Morris Arboretum, will discuss the introduction of flowering cherries, focusing on their history in Philadelphia. Along with his interest in the history of cultivation of flowering cherries, Tony has been using the Morris Arboretum’s cherry collection as a model for preserving our horticultural heritage and at the same time providing best practices of veteran tree care. He has been working with other botanic gardens in the Northeast to identify, propagate, and share rare varieties of flowering cherries.

After Tony’s presentation he will lead us on a tour of the Scott Arboretum’s collection in the Cherry Border.

Free and Open to Public. Please RSVP online or call 610-328-8025

April 16

Excursion: Wildflowers of Shenk's Ferry, Lancaster County

Wednesday, April 16, depart 8:30 am
Trips depart from Wister Center.

Travel will be by van with Jeff Jabco and Julie Jenney to experience Shenk's Ferry Wildflower Preserve – one of the most impressive wildflower areas in the eastern US and one of the most popular natural locations in Lancaster County. In this woodland glen and wildflower sanctuary, at least 73 species of flowers bloom from mid-March until the end of May – so mid-April is often when it’s at its peak. Some of the more common flowers we hope to see include Dutchman's breeches, wild geranium, wild ginger, Virginia bluebells, mayapple, trillium, and spring beauty. On the way home we will stop at a garden center to get your early season plant fix in. Dress for the weather and extensive walking. Bring your own lunch and cash/checks only for shopping. Limited to 26. Excursions with the Scott Associates are a member benefit; the non-member fee reflects the member cost of the trip plus a $40 year-long individual membership to the Scott Associates.
Members: $45   Non-members: $85

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.
    • No refunds are available for day trips or At Home Series.

April 19

Arboretum Highlights Tour

Saturday, April 19, 3 to 4:30 pm
Tours depart from the Scott Arboretum Offices and are free and open to the public.

Explore the Scott Arboretum's plant collections with Andrew Bunting, curator. 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.

April 24

Pennsylvania Spirits: When Botany and History Come Together

Thursday, April 24, 7 to 9 pm
Gillespie Room, Wister Center

The inspiration for and creation of Art in the Age’s four distinct spirits, ROOT, SNAP, Rhubarb Tea, and SAGE, was heavily influenced by the history and culture of Pennsylvania. In this class, a representative from Art in the Age will discuss the historical events and times that inspired each spirit and the botanicals that comprise them. Participants will also have the opportunity to sample cocktails made with each spirit following the presentation. To learn more about the creative projects that Art in the Age is behind, visit their website at artintheage.com. Limited to 25.
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.
Refunds for classes will only be available if notice is given 10 business days before the class.

April 26

Arbor Day Open House

Saturday, April 26, 10 am to 2 pm
Wister Center

Bring the family to the Scott Arboretum to receive a free sapling tree (one per family while supplies last) and enjoy refreshments and a scavenger hunt through the arboretum. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about trees, gardening, and the Arboretum.

April 30

Succulent Wreaths Workshops

Wednesday, April 30, 1 to 3 pm SOLD OUT
Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Gillespie Room, Wister Center

Join Jeff Jabco and Julie Jenney to create your own sensational succulent wreath that can be used as an outdoor table centerpiece or hung on a wall or door like a traditional wreath. Frames will be filled with soil and wrapped in sheet moss and then it’ll be up to your own creativity to decide how you’ll design your wreath with small succulents that will root into the wreath and grow throughout the summer. Jeff and Julie will be on hand to help and share their ideas. Cost includes all materials and plants. Limited to 20 per session.
Members: $50   Non-members: $60

SOLD OUT

Cancellation Policy:

  • The Scott Arboretum retains the right to cancel any program due to lack of enrollment or unforeseen problems.
  • Refunds for classes will only be available if notice is given 10 business days before the class.