THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

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Gardens & Collections

Visitors often ask about the best way to see the collections and gardens, as well as inquiring about specific plants. One way is to obtain a map of the campus and visit areas that may be at their peak, such as magnolias or tree peonies. Another way is to join one of our free, informative tours that highlight seasonal interest throughout the year. During office hours, questions about specific plants may be answered at the Arboretum office. You may also take a tour from your computer by clicking here.

The Arboretum’s collections and gardens demonstrate how botanical, horticultural, and landscape aspects can be combined successfully. Plants are labeled with their scientific and common names and often grouped in collections to make easy comparisons. They represent the horticultural diversity of the Delaware Valley region (Zone 6-7), serve as a living museum for homeowners seeking ideas for their gardens, and provide an attractive landscape for the college community. Our mature trees and shrubs can help homeowners determine the right plants for their landscaping needs.

The following woody taxa: [conifers, witch-hazels, crabapples, flowering cherries, hollies, hydrangeas, magnolias, roses, and tree peonies] are well represented in the collection. The Arboretum’s collections of hollies, magnolias, and oaks have gained recognition as registered collections in the North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC).