Scott Arboretum

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Scott Arboretum
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Established 1929
Location 500 College Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081, USA
Coordinates 39°54′22″N 75°21′09″E / 39.9061°N 75.3524°E / 39.9061; 75.3524
Type Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Collection size Conifer, Witchhazel, Crabapple, Holly, Hydrangea, Magnolia, Tree Peony, Gold Medal Plants
Director Claire Sawyers
Curator Mary Tipping
Owner Swarthmore College
Website Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College

Scott Arboretum (357 acres) is an arboretum coterminous with the campus of and operated by Swarthmore College. It is open to the public daily without charge. The arboretum was established in 1929 in honor of Arthur Hoyt Scott (class of 1895), "for the purpose of enabling Swarthmore College to acquire, cultivate and propagate the better kinds of living trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants which are hardy in the climate of eastern Pennsylvania and which are suitable for planting by the average gardener."

Today the arboretum contains over 4,000 kinds of ornamental plants, labeled with scientific and common names, and grouped in collections for ready comparison. It is "celebrated for its horticultural excellence and display" and "grants Swarthmore’s 1,500 students an academic life immersed in the plant kingdom, although the arboretum welcomes visitors as well."[1]

Each year, the Scott Outdoor Amphitheater plays host to the commencement ceremony of approximately 350 graduating seniors. The amphitheater consists of eight tiers, grassed, and edged in stone. Tulip trees "rise like columns" to create a sylvan take on the Classical Greek Amphitheater.[2] Each year, the Dean Bond Rose Garden supplies the roses that are cut in full bloom and pinned to each graduation gown.

Select Gardens and Collections[edit]

  • Crum Woods - 200-acre (0.81 km2) woodland with walking trails.
  • Dean Bond Rose Garden - over 650 roses of more than 200 types.
  • James R. Frorer Holly Collection - over 350 different types of holly.
  • Pinetum - pines, spruces, firs, and other conifers.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Planting Knowledge at a Liberal Arts College," Adrian Higgins for the Washington Post, published May 25, 2016,
  2. ^ "Planting Knowledge at a Liberal Arts College," Adrian Higgins for the Washington Post, published May 25, 2016,

Further reading[edit]

  • Yagoda, Ben (2003). The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College: The First 75 Years. Donning Company Publishers. ISBN 1-57864-207-8. 

External links[edit]

39°54′23″N 75°21′07″W / 39.90639°N 75.35194°W / 39.90639; -75.35194