Visitor Info

Visit our “garden of ideas”

cultivated to sustain the body, enchant the eye, and soothe the spirit.

Hours

Dawn to dusk everyday

Admission is free.

Office Hours

Monday through Friday,
8:30 am to noon and 1:00 to 4:30 pm.

Contact

610-328-8025

Directions

Travel by Car

From the Airport

  1. Take PA-291 W, S Sellers Ave, Morton Ave and Swarthmore Ave to Elm Ave in Swarthmore
  2. Continue on Elm Ave. Drive to College Ave
  3. Find parking near our location: 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081
Public Transit Options
SEPTA Regional Rail
  1. Take SEPTA‘s Media/Elwyn line, Swarthmore station.
  2. Walk up the hill on the tree-lined Magill Walk
  3. Turn right in front of Parrish Hall at the top of the hill
  4. Proceed past the library to the arboretum headquarters.
SEPTA Bus Route
  1. The SEPTA bus route 109, 69th Street Terminal to Chester, has a bus stop at Chester Rd (Route 320) and College Ave.
  2. After departing from the bus, walk up the hill (College Ave.) to the Arboretum Offices on your left.

Parking

Street Parking

  • Cedar Lane
  • College Avenue

Event Parking

Scott Arboretum signs will be posted before the events start.

They will direct visitors to the appropriate parking lot and walking signs to the correct building.

Check out the Swarthmore College Campus Map

The interactive map provides information on trails, offices, and parking.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Arboretum

Explore the gardens before you arrive. Explore by:

  • season
  • collections
  • gardens

Guided & Self-guided tours available

The Scott Arboretum offers regularly scheduled staff led tours. Groups of 10+ interested in a guided tour should contact the Offices:

phone: 610-328-8025 | email: scott@swarthmore.edu

We’re not your garden variety Arboretum

The mission of the Scott Arboretum is to delight and educate all visitors and inspire them to enjoy the many benefits of horticulture. All of our gardens feature plant varieties that grow well in this are and encourage wise stewardship. We want to share our knowledge about:

  • sustainable gardening
  • year round garden interest
  • creating a garden for everyone to enjoy year round