Archive for April 2013

It Takes a Team to Make a Garden: Behind the Scenes at the Scott Associates Fall Plant Sale

By Susan Mintun


Volunteer Chris Lindstrom getting signs ready for lamination before the 2011 Plant Sale

Have you ever wondered how Scott’s biennial Plant Sale is put together? You might be surprised at how much time and work is required to make a three-day plant sale go off without a hitch! More than a year before the sale, an army of dedicated volunteers begins working with the staff to organize the event. The primary goals: to make available to local gardeners a unique selection of plants; to raise money for the Arboretum; and, of course, to have fun!

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Fast Forward to Summer

It seems that the weather has been on fast forward to summer in the Philadelphia area and though the official start of summer isn’t for another two months, the weather definitely has everyone thinking about summer gardens.

Our volunteer photographer Diane Mattis has tried to capture the essence of our upcoming Unusual Tropicals and Annuals Sale with her latest scan. All of the following plants can be purchased at the sale and would be perfect together in a sunny location to add a tropical feel to a perhaps mundane garden or outdoor space.

  1. Duranta erecta ‘Cuban Gold’- This low-growing (8”-12”)

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Plants of the Week: April 8

Magnolia denudata ‘Swarthmore Sentinel’ stands a glowing harbinger of spring. The Yulan magnolia clone was selected and introduced for its distinctly upright habit. The large ivory-white flowers were touched by frost this week, but still look striking.  Photo credit: J. Coceano

Garden Location: Ben West parking lot against Bond Hall


Sky blue Chionodoxa luciliae freely naturalizes among magnolias around Mertz Hall. The bulb, also known as glory of the snow, typically blooms in late March or early April after snowdrops. Consider adding to a gravel garden or planting in sweeping masses in the woodland or along shady banks. Photo …

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