Archive for July 2011

Five Perfect Picnic Spots

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Last week our fellow public garden Winterthur was featured on ABC’s Bachelorette as the most romantic spot for a picnic. Well not to brag, but Scott Arboretum boasts some wonderful picnic locations as well. Check out our top five locations. Some are well known, while others are hidden gems.


Parrish Lawn on a relaxing fall afternoon. photo credit: R. Maurer

5. Parrish Lawn – The large swath of lawn in front of Parrish Hall is ideal for those who enjoy people watching. Located in the heart of Swarthmore College campus, picnickers enjoy the comings and goings of campus and arboretum …

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Plants of the Week – July 25

Rudbeckia nitida 'Herbstsonne' in Nason Rudbeckia nitida ‘Herbstsonne’ is one of several coneflowers growing in the Nason Garden. Sturdy stems support numerous yellow flowers. The hardy perennial can reach heights of 7’ and is a favorite nectar source of Monarch butterflies.  Site in full sun and divide clumps every 3 years to retain vigor. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Ginkgo biloba 'Saratoga' (1) JWCGinkgo biloba ‘Saratoga’ is a male cultivar with a distinct central leader. ‘Saratoga’ produces deeply lobed foliage which turns a vibrant golden-yellow in the autumn. Two espalied specimens are growing against the northern wall of Parrish Hall.  Photo credit: J. Coceano

Cissus discolor Wister Center (2) JWC Grow Cissus discolor where you can …

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Plants of the Week – July 18

Podophyllum hexandrum fruit (1) JWCThe Himalayan mayapple, Podophyllum hexandrum, produces large umbrella-like leaves and a single rosy-white flower which is typical of the genus. The drama continues beyond spring with the ripening of a single, egg-sized, scarlet-red fruit suspended between the leaf axils. P. hexandrum may be slow to establish but will form large colonies over time. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Quercus acutissima (1) JWC

A magnificent Quercus acutissima commands attention on Pearson Hall lawn near the lilac collection. The sawtooth oak is noted by Michael Dirr for exceptional heat and disease tolerance. Lustrous dark green leaves bear bristle-like serrations that closely resembles Castanea (chestnut). Photo credit: …

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