Archive for May 2012

Plants of the Week – May 28

Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet' in flower (2) JWCPropagules of Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’, propagated last summer in the Wister Greenhouses, were shared with the Swarthmore College class of 2012 following graduation. The suckering shrub is in full flower, emitting a lightly sweet scent. The cultivar, introduced by the Scott Arboretum in 1982, is particularly prolific in the production of pendulous white flowering racemes. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Allium christophii in Nason (5) JWCAllium christophii, seen here growing amongst Nasella tenuissima in the Nason Garden, is an ideal bulb to grow amongst companion plants. Neighboring plants help mask the sparse and often browning foliage allowing the flowers to shine unobstructed. Photo credit: …

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Artful Gardens Part II: Scott Outdoor Amphitheater

Gardeners setting up chairs for the commencement ceremony in the Scott Outdoor Amphitheater. photo credit: D. MattisAs we near the end of May, Swarthmore College is diligently preparing for its most sacred ceremony, commencement. This celebration is held in our masterpiece of artful gardens, the Scott Outdoor Amphitheater. Watch the latest addition in our Artful Garden series and learn how integral this majestic space is in sending our graduates into the world.

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First-year students of Swarthmore College gather in the Scott Outdoor Amphitheater for first collection. photo credit: E. Kostans

The Scott Outdoor Amphitheater is also where each class holds its first collection. Thus, this unique space provides continuity with both students’ first and last ceremonial …

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Treasures from the Members Plant Exchange and Sale

Members Plant Exchange and Sale underway. photo credit: C. SawyersWe had a great time at the Members Plant Exchange and Sale this weekend. Thank you to the 72 members who contributed plants and the 102 members who participated. 2,708 plants were exchanged.

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Plant dropoff was held on Friday evening and Saturday morning. photo credit: C. Sawyers

Check out Heidi Sentivan’s post on her “haul” from the exchange and how she is using all her new treasure in her garden.…

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