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Winter Celebration: Understanding Biophilia: How Plants Make a Difference in Healing

February 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Come in from the cold

Learn from a local landscape architect

Engage in conversation while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and drinks

Online registration is now closed. A limited number of seats are still available. Please bring exact cash ($25), check, or credit card to pay at the registration table.

Event schedule: 

2:00 pm – Lecture 

3:00 pm – Reception with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar

Learn from local landscape architect Jonathan Alderson as he explores two award-winning case studies of biophilia used in healthcare design. Biophilia is the innate human instinct to connect with nature and other living beings. Through his visual presentation, Jonathan will show how healthcare design is becoming more sensitive to the needs of communities and the environment and how biophilic design promotes physical, social, and mental well-being. Living walls, skylights, and the presence of water are all examples of biophilic design. He will identify plant species that thrive and plant species that do not do well in healthcare facility spaces, as well as the ongoing maintenance issues and costs these designs inevitably have. Jonathan will discuss important lessons that have been learned and share considerations for future designs. 

After the reception, enjoy an early dinner at the Broad Table Tavern! Members  of the Scott Associates receive a 15% discount at the Broad Table Tavern (discount not valid on alcoholic beverages).

Jonathan Alderson is the founder and principal of Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects, Inc. Since 1998 his firm has been creating beautiful, environmentally-minded landscapes that invite exploration. His designs are informed by an intimate understanding of the Mid-Atlantic region, its landscape, and its history. The use of native plants and local materials, combined with a strong regard for site and ecology, creates landscapes rooted in the local vernacular. Institutional projects include the creation of an 86-acre meadow garden for Longwood Gardens, the accessibility ramp and surrounding garden at Chanticleer, and the gardens surrounding the new Dining Hall and Community Commons at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College. 

Thanks to Barb Helpin, Chair of the Winter Celebration. This event is made possible in part by the Associates of the Scott Arboretum.



February 4
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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The Inn at Swarthmore
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Swarthmore, PA United States
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