THE SCOTT ARBORETUM OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

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Kiosk helps visitors find plants

Since 2006, the Scott Arboretum has offered the Visitor QUICKfinder to help visitors learn about plants. This technology allows visitors to search for locations of living woody plants and dedicated trees by using the touch screen kiosk in the entrance foyer of the Scott Arboretum Offices.

Searches for individual plants can be done by common or botanical name, species or cultivar. “Create a Tour” automatically arranges the selected plants by distance, creating a numbered walking tour. Maps can be viewed on-screen or printed in the reception lobby.

Dedicated trees can be located using the “Locate a Dedicated Tree” button by entering part of the person’s name for whom the tree was dedicated on the touch screen keyboard. When you select the “view location” button, a map will be composed showing the location. These maps may also be printed.

The kiosk also links to the Arboretum website, providing general information about who we are, visitor hours, mission, gardens and collections, membership, programs, publications, and a calendar of events.

This kiosk and other visitor improvements were funded by a grant from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust and a generous donation from Jack Blum, as a birthday present to his wife Jeanne Cotten Blum, for whom the classroom is now named. On your next visit make use of this technology to better enjoy the Arboretum and the rich collection of plants.