Archive for May 2010

Rosa ‘Swarthmore’

Rosa 'Swarthmore' photo credit: R. Robert

This week we are preparing for our graduation tradition of pinning roses on seniors’ gowns. Often at this time of year, we are nervous about having enough roses in bloom to accommodate the graduating class. Because of our warm spring, the Dean Bond Rose Garden is looking spectacular and is overflowing with blooms.

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Rosa 'Swarthmore' in bloom in the Dean Bond Rose Garden. photo credit: R. Robert

An arresting hybrid tea rose named after Swarthmore College currently blooming in the garden is Rosa ‘Swarthmore’. Registered in 1963, ‘Swarthmore’ exhibits the traditional characteristics of a hybrid tea rose. This shrub produces …

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American Yellowwood

Cladrastis kentukea photo credit: S. Keitch

It is dubious to make a claim that something is your favorite plant, but when someone asks me what my favorite native tree is, I can narrow it down to a few.  At the top of that short list is the American yellowwood, Cladrastis kentukea.  I have the tendency to point out a plant every five minutes and claim that it is my new favorite, so when I have a definitive answer, it is after great consideration. Without hesitation, I can say that the Yellowwood is my favorite native tree. Right now there are several large ones putting on …

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Plant Conservation Day

Flowers of Magnolia macrophylla subsp. ashei photo credit: ML Gessel

Today is Plant Conservation Day! It was started in 2001 by the AZH, Association of Zoological Horticulture and expanded in 2006 by partnering with the BGCI, Botanic Gardens Conservation International.  In 2008, Plant Conservation Day celebrations were held in the United States and Europe.  Through a grant in 2009, activities were expanded worldwide.

The Scott Arboretum is not defined as a conservation-based organization, however, our collections do include many specimens from across the globe which are on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.  This list provides taxonomic, conservation status, and distribution information on plants that are facing a high …

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