Archive for May 2008

Graduation Traditions

This weekend the Arboretum is preparing to participate in one of our favorite traditions with the graduates of Swarthmore College. Prior to marching into the Scott Outdoor Amphitheater and receiving their well-earned diplomas, graduates can meet staff and volunteers from 8:15 to 9:30 am to have a fresh cut rose from the Dean Bond Rose Garden pinned on their gown.

After the ceremony and in addition to receiving roses, graduates are given an Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’, Virginia sweetspire, as a living memento of their years spent among the gardens of the campus-arboretum. ‘Henry’s Garnet’ was named and introduced by …

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The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden

By Stanley Kunitz with Genine Lentine

Twice named as the U.S. Poet Laureate, Stanley Kunitz is not only a distinguished and celebrated poet, but he was also an avid gardener up until his death at age 100. This book, a new addition to the Scott Arboretum Horticultural Library, is a collection of conversations, essays, and poetry on the topic of Kunitz’s Provincetown, Massachusetts garden. Kunitz’s poetry is intermixed with essays about his inspiration, and the similarities between the processes of writing poetry and gardening. Kunitz even explains his connection with nature from an early age, where he found a place …

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World’s Largest Garden Party

There is a month-long garden party going during the month of June. The Greater Philadelphia Gardens is celebrating gardening at 16 different gardens with over 35 events including Sunset Sippin’ at the Scott Arboretum.

It’s a celebration of all the things you can enjoy in the gardens, in addition to their natural beauty – concerts, dance performances, galas, picnics, wine and beer tastings, treehouses, children’s events, and more.

Among the highlights:

* A free outdoor Neighborhood Concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra in the beautiful grounds of Cabrini College in Radnor, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary.

* A dance performance …

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