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Excursion: Phoenixville Private Gardens and Wharton Esherick Museum

October 2, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

$112 – $152

Depart from the Wister Center at 8:15 am; approximate return 7 pm

Difficulty level: 6 as we may need to walk up a steep driveway

Join Julie Jenney and Donald Pell (owner of Donald Pell Gardens) to see three private gardens he has designed in the Phoenixville area. Also included in the day will be a tour of the Wharton Esherick Museum and lunch on your own in charming Phoenixville. The best way to describe Donald Pell’s designs comes directly from his website: “Models for planting designs come from the bold and powerful landscapes in nature. Simplicity and repetition of the right plants in the right places create harmony, serenity, and embrace change. Trees and shrubs are used to frame and modify views, compress space and seat homes gracefully in a landscape. As in nature, bold and powerful drifts of grasses and flowering perennials redefine the grand beauty of nature and what it teaches us. This artful approach to design bridges the gap between those who embrace wildness and those who desire order.”We will be ending the day with a wine and cheese reception at Donald’s studio, surrounded by sweeps of plants and fields beyond.

The Wharton Esherick Museum is the home and studio of famed American artist Wharton Esherick, located atop Valley Forge Mountain in Chester County. Esherick’s highly individual, hand-built studio was constructed over a 40-year period beginning in 1926, incorporating Arts and Crafts, Expressionist, and organic designs. In 1973, just one year after its official opening as a museum, the studio was added to the National Register of Historic Places. In 1993, the museum was designated a National Historic Landmark for Architecture. Travel will be in a small bus; bring money to buy lunch. Limit 25.

Members: $112                Non-members: $152

Call 610-328-8025 to register.

A terrific incentive to become a member! Excursions with the Scott Associates are member benefits; the non-member fee reflects the member cost of the trip plus a $40 one-year Individual Membership. The level of difficulty listed reflects – on a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being the most challenging) – the level of walking required for the trip. All registered participants must travel with the whole group; no exceptions are made to meet part way or at the destination. All parts of excursion itineraries are for registered participants only.


The Fine Print:

  • Unless otherwise noted, registrations are for one adult only. Please do not bring pets, unregistered adults, or children with you to events.
  • Payment is required to reserve space in a class.
  • Some class sizes are limited and registrations are accepted in the order received.
  • The Scott Arboretum shall not be liable in any way for any damage, injury, or loss of life or property incurred by any person in connection with these programs beyond the return of registration fees for cancellation by said date.


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.


October 2, 2019
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
$112 – $152
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Wister Center
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA United States
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(610) 328–8025