Archive for January 2010

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

By: Barbara Kingsolver

Well-known novelist Barbara Kingsolver takes us on a different journey in her memoir Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. Kingsolver and her husband and two daughters move from their Tucson, Arizona home of many years to a farmhouse in the southern Appalachians. One of the main reasons for their relocation was their desire to live in a place that could sustain them. The family decided to spend the following year trying to the best of their ability to grow everything that they eat and if they can’t, buy it only from a local farmer.…

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Named 100 Great Sites for those who like to Garden

A View into the Terry Shane Teaching Garden. photo credit:D. Mattis

The Scott Arboretum’s Garden Seeds has been named in the top 100 great sites for gardeners by XRAY Technician Training. While this not a traditional gardening blog, we are listed with the garden blog giants like Garden Rant, A Way to Garden, and Sustainable and Urban Gardening. Let us know what you would like to read more about on Garden Seeds.…

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American Elms at Scott

Ulmus americana on a foggy fall day. photo credit: R. Robert

While the Arboretum was founded over 80 years many of the most fantastic tree specimens at the Arboretum were planted by the early founders of Swarthmore College.  On the campus there are nine remaining  specimens of the American elm, Ulmus americana which pre-date the Arboretum (founded in 1929).  Many of these were class trees in the late 1800’s.  One of the finest of these elms resides just outside of the Terry Shane Teaching Garden behind McCabe Library.  This elm is the class tree of 1875.

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Ulmus americana of the orginal planting in front of Parrish Hall. photo credit: T. Zetterstrom

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