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Tree Protection Zone

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“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” –Warren Buffet

photo credit: R. Robert

Chain link fences surrounding trees can be seen encircling the BEP construction site. photo credit: R. Robert

As we undergo large construction projects across campus, visitors will observe chain link fences surrounding trees around the construction sites. These are creating tree protection zones to preserve our mature trees.

Trees provide natural beauty and give human scale to built landscapes. They filter air, purify water, lower heating/cooling bills, increase property values, improve social interactions, and provide habitat as well as a food for …

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4 Tips to Planning a Fabulous Garden Visit

June 4 2015 RHR 016It is garden visiting season. While it is always a pleasure to visit a garden, here are some tips to make the whole experience a delight from our trip planner extraordinaire, Julie Jenney, Education Program Coordinator for the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College.

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Make sure you plan out your route ahead of time and leave enough time to enjoy the garden, pit stops, and snack breaks! photo credit: R. Robert

1.Make sure you plan out your route ahead of time and leave enough time to enjoy the garden, pit stops, and snack breaks!

One of biggest mistakes people make is …

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Inspiration from the Turn of Century American Garden Movement

Spring is a time to be inspired. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is currently exhibiting how the Turn of Century Garden Movement (1887-1920) inspired American impressionism. As a modern gardener it is fascinating to see the plants which inspired these American artists and gardeners.

While cottage-style gardening is not often used in our modern landscapes, most modern gardeners will recognize some of the genera of plants used. Let’s explore some of the modern cultivars of the plants represented by these painters.

The Crimson Rambler by Phillip Leslie Hale c. 1908 featured the Rosa ‘Crimson Rambler’.

The Crimson Rambler

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