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American Rose Trials for Sustainability

American Rose Trials for Sustainability

Since 2012, the Scott Arboretum has been participating in American Rose Trials for Sustainability (ARTS). This program conducts trials in 15 different locations throughout the United States evaluating on resilience, disease-resistance, drought tolerance, heat/cold tolerance, and soil and nutrient adaptability. After two seasons worth of data, they have announced their first winning roses, all seven for 2018.

The trial requires regimented spacing and no maintenance except mulching and weeding. as seen here. photo credit: R. Robert

The trial requires regimented spacing and no maintenance except mulching and weeding, as seen here. photo credit: R. Robert

From the trial, we have moved two into the Dean Bond Rose Garden. The trial requires regimented spacing and no maintenance except mulching and …

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Restoring the Crum Woods

november-3-2016-rhr-473The complication of the SEPTA Viaduct brings to a close a five-year period of construction in the Crum Woods. Seventeen acres of upland forest and wetland were clear-cut for the SEPTA Viaduct construction. Nine different plant communities are part of the restoration plan ranging from lowland meadow to a red oak mixed hardwood forest.

At 2.55 acres, the tulip tree-beech-maple forest planting is the largest restoration community with woody plants in the mix. photo credit: R. Robert

At 2.55 acres, the tulip tree-beech-maple forest planting is the largest restoration community with woody plants in the mix. photo credit: R. Robert

At 2.55 acres, the tulip tree-beech-maple forest planting is the largest restoration community with woody plants in the mix. As the name implies, …

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Chimaphila maculata

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As we reach fall foliage peak here in the Delaware Valley, it is a great time to take a walk in our native woodland the Crum Woods. While exploring the trails, you may discover the native gem Chimaphila maculata, spotted wintergreen, tucked under the colorful fallen leaves.

This small evergreen perennial is conspicuous during this time of year with its white and green mottled leaves against the yellows, reds, and browns of fall. This delicate groundcover is often found in dry oak-heath forests.

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Here you can see the brown capsules that persist until the next flowering season. photo credit:

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