THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

May 2015

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May 3

Walk with the Curator: Flowering Shrubs

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

Go beyond annuals and perennials, learn about the flowering shrubs for your garden. Join Curator Andrew Bunting to learn about this specific group of plants, their history and importance to the arboretum collections. 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.

May 6

Green Roof Tour

Wednesday, May 6, Noon to 1 pm
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.

May 8

Blooming Bash: National Public Gardens Day

Friday, May 8, 4 to 6 pm
Gillespie Room, Wister Center

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with a Blooming Bash! Bring a friend and celebrate spring at the Scott Arboretum with a complimentary garden reception on Friday, May 8 from 4 to 6 pm.

Enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of wine and light fare in a lovely outdoor setting. Discover our inspiring gardens, part of “the most beautiful campus in America,” free to the public 365 days a year! Also, learn about the robust programming and fun opportunities the Scott Arboretum offers.

Join us for a relaxing evening in the Terry Shane Teaching Garden. In the event of rain, our reception will be moved inside our Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building, the Wister Center.

As a special offer, Blooming Bash guests who become members will receive a complimentary gift along with an exciting bundle of benefits to enjoy throughout the year.


The seventh annual National Public Gardens Day, scheduled for May 8, 2015, is a national day of celebration that invites communities to explore the beauty of their local green spaces while raising awareness of the important role public gardens play in promoting conservation, education, and environmental preservation. Annually scheduled on the Friday preceding Mother’s Day weekend, schools, families, garden enthusiasts, and visitors are invited to visit public gardens in their local community for special events and activities.

May 9

Members Plant Exchange and Sale

Saturday, May 9, 10 am
Wister Center Parking Lot

The twentieth annual Members Plant Exchange & Sale is where members of the Scott Arboretum come together to donate and exchange plants from their own gardens. For every three plants a member donates, a plant of their choosing is received in exchange. During the sale portion of the event, members can buy most plants for only a dollar. Over 3,000 plants exchange hands at this annual event, which allows gardeners to increase their plant collections for a fraction of the potential cost and divide their own overgrown plantings. Learn more here.

May 11

Tree Peony Collection Tour with Mid-Atlantic Peony Society

Monday, May 11, 5 to 6:30 pm
Tours depart from the Scott Arboretum Offices and are free and open to the public.

Tour our stunning and ever-expanding Tree Peony Collection at the peak of bloom. Explore the collection with experts from the Mid-Atlantic Peony Society and stay for a reception with like-minded gardening enthusiasts.

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.

May 11

Tremendous Tropicals and Amazing Annuals!

Monday, May 11, 7 to 8 pm
Gillespie Room, Wister Center

Join Curator Andrew Bunting and Horticulturist Josh Coceano to explore the virtues of unusual tropicals and annuals featured at the 2015 Unusual Tropicals and Annuals Sale. They will show how these fantastic plants can be used in both the garden and containers to create a tropical effect. Banana, elephant ears, tropical gingers, cannas, and other interesting foliage plants will be among the highlights of the lecture.

May 1516

Unusual Tropicals and Annuals Sale

Friday, May 15, 5:30 to 7:30 pm: Preview Party *Tickets Required
Saturday, May 16, 10 am to Noon: Members Shopping
Saturday, May 16, Noon to 3 pm: Public Shopping
Wister Center Parking Lot

The Scott Arboretum will be having its fifth Unusual Annuals and Tropicals Sale on May 15-16. For many years the Scott Arboretum has showcased interesting tropicals and annuals in containers and various gardens around the campus from May to November. Tropical plants such as Alocasia, Colocasia, Xanthosoma (elephant ears), Canna; Ensete, Musa, and bromeliads create an effect that reminds you of the tropics. 

These plants are often hard to find in garden centers, so the Arboretum has decided to offer you many of the more unusual selections we have tried over the years.  We will offer limited quantities of more than 200 selections of unusual tropicals and annuals.

Spring dividends will be available for members of the Scott Arboretum at the Sale.

Learn more about the Sale.