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Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, The

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United States of America - Pennsylvania - Swarthmore

Institution Code: SWC

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: Yes

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About the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, The

“The endowment fund to establish the Scott Arboretum has been given to Swarthmore College to hold in trust and to use for the encouragement of horticulture in its broadest sense. The founders have wished to make possible a dream of Mr. Scott’s to help horticulture by visual demonstration. They have believed that the dream can be best realized by the planting in a public place of such trees, shrubs, and flowers as can be used by people of average means living in the Philadelphia suburban area.

… The original thought of Mr. Scott was to call to the attention of the casual visitors who come there the plants which can be grown outdoors in eastern Pennsylvania. He wished to make it possible for a beginner in gardening to visit Swarthmore and see plants suitable for his own conditions, rather than to see merely a beautiful picture.”

Main Address:
Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, The
500 College Avenue
Pennsylvania 19081 United States of America

Telephone: (610) 328-8025
Fax: (610) 328-7755
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Claire Sawyers, Director
    Curator's Name: Mary Tipping, Curator & Plant Recorder
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 15
    Educational Staff Number: 2
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 8

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1929
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 121 Hectares
    Latitude: 39.9065520
    Longitude: -75.3518800
    Altitude: 51.14 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 50
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 30000
    Number of Volunteers: 100

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 5194
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 3230
  • Special Collections:Betulaceae, Caprifoliaceae, Ericaceae, Fragaceae, Hamamelidaceae, Leguminosae, Oleaceae, Pinaceae, Rosaceae, Cedrus (3 spp., 4 taxa), Ilex (24 spp., 234 taxa), Magnolia (20 spp., 44 taxa), Malus (19 spp., 71 taxa), Paeonia (13 spp., 125 taxa), Pinus (22 s

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes