Scott Arboretum
Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081
(610) 328-8025

Places Nearby:
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
Museum of Mourning Art
Franklin Mint
Tyler Arboretum
Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation
More in:

Other States:

The beautiful campus of Swarthmore College is the home of the 110-acre Scott Arboretum, an extensive collection of trees and flowering plants growing in an elegant landscaped setting. The Arboretum was established in 1929 as a living memorial to Arthur Hoyt Scott through a bequest from his family.

Many of the trees at the Arboretum are quite old, including one Bender Oak that pre-dates the College itself, which was founded in 1869. A beautiful avenue of white swamp oaks was planted in 1881.

More than 5,000 different kind of plants are grown on the campus. Major plant collections include: Flowering Cherries, Corylopsis, Crabapples, Lilacs, Magnolias, Native Azaleas, Ornamental Grasses, Tree Peonies, Viburnums, and Wisteria.

Brochures and maps enhance a Self-Guided Tour. An extensive horticultural library is available. Seasonal Highlights include spring flowering bulbs, the Rose Garden, the Fragrant Garden, and the display garden surrounding the Arboretum offices.

Guided Tours can be enjoyed by groups of 10 or more, including School Groups. Students benefit from first-hand information about landscaping, horticulture and more.

Hours: Open every day from dawn to dusk. Groups by appointment.
Group Guided Tours $5.00 per person. Call to confirm.
Group Reservations: At least 2 weeks in advance.
Lunch: Nearby restaurants.
Handicapped Access: Accessible.
Directions: Rt. 1 South to Rt. 320 South. Be alert to turns on Rt. 320. College entrance is about ¼ mile after passing Baltimore Pike. Proceed to 2nd light at College Ave., turn right. Arboretum offices are 1 block on left. 30 minutes southwest of Philadelphia.

Copyright © 1996-2014 by Patrick Tadeushuk. All Rights Reserved.