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A Garden Tour Guide is okay…

Photo/Illustration: Swarthmore College Scott Arboretum
Photo/Illustration: Swarthmore College Scott Arboretum

But I like to go at my own pace. That’s why Scott Arboretum has made my list of awesome gardens to visit. During a recent Perennial Plant Conference held at the Scott Arboretum, I received my conference packet which included a brochure asking me to “Please turn your cell phone ON.” The brochure provides a map and explains how you can take an introductory tour of the garden at your own leisure, yet still get the benefit of a knowledgeable tour guide by either dialing the number provided on the pamphlet at each designated location, or by downloading podcasts directly to your MP3 player or ipod. So, the next time you’re near Swarthmore, PA (outside of the Philadelphia area), stop in at Swarthmore College’s Scott Arboretum and take your good ol’ time touring their gardens. There’s no one to rush you along…just dial in when you’re ready.

Scott Arboretum also has two additional podcasts currently available (though winter is quickly approaching, so new podcasts will probably be available next year):

Evolution Course Tour

Featured Perennials Tour

For a virtual tour of the Scott Arboretum with curator Andrew Bunting, check out this Fine Gardening video.

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  1. TimothyBatiste 12/15/2021

    Thanks for this guide! This gives a better understanding of the course. I'd like to study this anyway, but I haven't had enough time for that yet. I'm interested in gardening, but for now, I need to finish studying animal farms, and I'm preparing a work on this topic. This source helped me a lot in this matter I found many examples of work, and it helped me with ideas and inspiration for writing.

  2. DavidAdamson22 08/16/2022

    The Scott Arboretum is a real gem! You can enjoy a walk thru their gardens on the Swarthmore College campus for free during the day.

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