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Excursion: US Botanic Garden and the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden

October 11, 2018 @ 2:00 am - 2:00 pm

$118 – $158
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October is a perfect time to visit gardens on the National Mall in Washington, DC! Our first stop will be with Jim Adams, former Scott Arboretum Curatorial Intern, who is now the Horticulture Manager at the US Botanic Garden. With Jim and Plant Curator Bill McLaughlin we will tour the Conservatory (featuring roses, orchids, and plants from locales ranging from rainforests to the Mid-Atlantic, including rare and endangered plants) and the National Garden (showcasing Mid-Atlantic plants).

Lunch will be on your own; suggestions will be given on where to go. You can also bring your own lunch so you can do more exploring! Our afternoon will be spent with Janet Draper, Horticulturist for the Smithsonian’s Mary Livingston Ripley Garden. Throughout her 20 years in this position, Janet’s goal has been to expose visitors to the widest variety of plants possible. The Ripley Garden is a quiet oasis with an unusual curvilinear design that imparts a distinct sense of intimacy and informality. The raised beds offer a profusion of flowers throughout the seasons. Travel by coach with Scott Arboretum staff. Bring money to buy lunch or bring your own in an easy-to-carry way. Limit 30.

Members: $118                 Non-members: $158

Call 610-328-8025 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.


October 11, 2018
2:00 am - 2:00 pm
$118 – $158
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Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College


Wister Center
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA United States
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(610) 328–8025