THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

September 2015

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September 2

Scott Arboretum Plant Sale Tour

Wednesday, September 2, 5:30 to 7 pm
Tours depart from the Scott Arboretum Offices and are free and open to the public.

See how the plants of the 2015 Scott Arboretum Plant Sale (September 11 to 13) look in the garden. Take a tour to see how to train clematis and interplant perennials and woodies for a successful garden.

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

September 9

Nature's Narratives: Old Herbaceous: A Novel of the Garden

Wednesday, September 9, 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Scott Arboretum Horticulture 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.

Old Herbaceous: Novel of the Garden by Reginald Arkell is a classic British novel of the garden, with a title character as outsized and unforgettable as P. G. Wodehouse’s immortal butler, Jeeves. Born at the dusk of the Victorian era, Bert Pinnegar, an awkward orphan child with one leg a tad longer than the other, rises from inauspicious schoolboy days spent picking wildflowers and dodging angry farmers to become the legendary head gardener “Old Herbaceous,” the most esteemed flower-show judge in the county and a famed horticultural wizard capable of producing dazzling April strawberries from the greenhouse and the exact morning glories his Lady spies on the French Riviera, “so blue, so blue it positively hurts.” Sprinkled with nuggets of gardening wisdom, Old Herbaceous is a witty comic portrait of the most archetypal—and crotchety—head gardener ever to plant a row of bulbs at a British country house.

The discussions are free and open to the public. Participants will need to read each month’s selection prior to the discussion. Refreshments and coffee will be provided. RSVP online or call 610-328-8025.

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.

September 10

Plant Sale Field Tour

Thursday, September 10, Noon to 1 pm
Tours depart from the Cunningham Fields/Plant Sale Field and are free and open to the public.

Learn about the plants of the 2015 Scott Arboretum Plant Sale (September 11 to 13) on the sale field. Take a preview tour of the plant sale and learn about all the great plants for your garden.

This tour is geared for gardeners from beginners to experts. The tour 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

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Scott Arboretum Plant Sale

Friday, September 11, 4 to 8 pm: Special Friends Preview Party
Saturday, September 12, 10 am to Noon: Members Shopping
Saturday, September 12, Noon to 3 pm: Public Shopping
Sunday, September 13, 11 am to 2 pm: Public Shopping
Cunningham Fields on College Ave.

Cover your garden with the colorful continuos summer blooms of clematis. The 2015 Scott Arboretum Plant Sale will feature new-to-the-US-market clematis. In addition to flowering continuously throughout the summer, these selections are smaller in size making them ideal for small gardens, containers, and weaving between annuals, perennials, and shrubs.


Beyond the ornamental vines, shoppers can find a great selection ferns, hydrangeas, edible ornamentals, perennials and woodies all selected by Associates and Arboretum staff based on our experience growing and enjoying them at the Scott Arboretum and in their own gardens.


Learn more about the sale and all the great plants available here.

September 29

New York Botantical Garden and Frida Kahlo Exhibit: Art, Garden, Life

Tuesday, September 29, departs at 7 am
Tours depart from Wister Center

Join Julie Jenney for a bus trip to one of the premier botanical gardens in the US. Located in the Bronx, NYBG’s displays include a spectacular rock garden, rose garden, herbaceous and mixed borders featuring groundbreaking designs, 30,000 distinguished trees (many more than 200 years old), and an exquisite orchid collection.

Upon arrival we will be greeted by Director of Horticulture, Brian Sullivan who will give us an overview of the gardens and then we will see one part of the Frida Kahlo exhibit: Art, Garden, Life through a guided conservatory tour. Attendees will then be free to enjoy lunch on their own and explore the gardens and other sections of the Frida Kahlo exhibit. Trip cost includes coach transportation, admission, exhibit tour, and refreshments on the bus. Limited to 30.


Members: $105                                Non-members: $145

Call 610-328-8025 or click to register.

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 bus trips.
  • Refunds for classes will only be available if notice is given 10 business days before the class.

September 30

Green Roof Tour

Wednesday, September 30, 10:30 am to Noon
Tours depart from the Scott Arboretum Offices and are free and open to the public.

Learn about the inner workings, benefits, and beauty of green roofs while exploring the three different roofs we have at the Arboretum. Please note the level of difficulty on these tours is higher than others we offer; a brisk walk and several steps are required to access each roof. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted on the roofs.

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.