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Lifecycles: Trametes versicolor

June 4 2015 RHR 112Over the years the Arboretum has created various forms of ephemeral art using dead or dying trees (In the Shadow of Abracadabra or Bender oak sculpture.) These efforts bring attention to the complete lifecycle of trees and plants as they age and pass in landscape. The latest addition, Tsuga canadensis Pendula Purpurea, is currently showcasing how even in death a tree supports many forms of life.

John Bickel, assistant horticulist, spray painting the large branches  of Tsuga canadensis 'Pendula'.

John Bickel, assistant horticulturist, spray painting the large branches of Tsuga canadensis ‘Pendula’. photo credit: R. Robert

Last spring Josh Coceano, horticulturist, and John Bickel, assistant horticulturist, painted the deceased Tsuga canadensis

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Designing a Woodland Garden

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Last week we continued our efforts to increase the integration of the campus proper with the Crum Woods. In accordance with the Swarthmore College Master Plan, we have been planting woodland gardens to extend the edge of our natural area, the Crum Woods, and to expand our distinct sense of place.

Here are some pointers to create your own woodland garden:

Our latest woodland expansion into Parrish West Circle has two of our oldest Nyssa sylvatica as well as native Cladratis kentukea, Halesia diptera var. magniflora, and Quercus macrocarpo to mention a few that form the mature canopy. p

Our latest woodland expansion into Parrish West Circle has two of our oldest Nyssa sylvatica as well as native Cladratis kentukea, Halesia diptera var. magniflora, and Quercus macrocarpo to mention a few that form the mature canopy. photo credit:

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Deciduous Azaleas

May 13 2015 RHR 174Over the past several years we have been creating a woodland walk into our Scott Outdoor Amphitheater in order to integrate the campus proper with the Crum Woods. The stand-out plants in these gardens are deciduous azaleas.

Deciduous azaleas, like Rhododendron canescens x austrinum, make excellent ornamentals because they are easy to establish and have an extensive range of large, showy flower colors.

Deciduous azaleas, like Rhododendron canescens x austrinum, make excellent ornamentals because they are easy to establish and have an extensive range of large, showy flower colors. photo credit: R. Robert

Deciduous azaleas make excellent ornamentals because they are easy to establish and have an extensive range of large, showy flower colors. They offer blooms in spring with some cultivars even opening in the …

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