Visitor Info

Visit our “garden of ideas”

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


Dawn to Dusk, 365 days a year

Free and Open to the Public

Office Hours

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



Visitor Policies

We are delighted to welcome all people to explore and enjoy our grounds and gardens. For the safety of our visitors, as well as to preserve the Scott Arboretum, the following policies apply when visiting.


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/Wawa 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.


Street Parking

  • Cedar Lane
  • College Avenue

Event Parking

Scott Arboretum signs will be posted before the events start to direct visitors to the appropriate parking lot; walking signs will direct people to the correct building.

Check out our interactive map, Arboretum Explorer

Pinpoint a dedicated tree, discover another garden, locate your next favorite tree, and find campus amenities–all with Arboretum Explorer!

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:

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 area 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