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Excursion: Private York Estate and North Star Orchard
Start Date: 10/26/2017Start Time: 7:00 AM
End Date: 10/26/2017End Time: 7:00 PM

Event Description:
Departs from Wister Center.

The first stop of the day will be to a private estate in York where we will take a two-hour walking tour amidst beautiful fall color. The property comprises 50 acres and features a wide variety of environments.

It has been in the hands of the present owners for over 40 years. Highlights include (but are not limited to) an extensive planted area on a hillside featuring a secret garden with a stone bridge, overlook, pond, herb steps, and gazebo; a pinetum with a great variety of labeled conifers; a perennial path containing many varieties of plants, trees, and shrubs; the whimsically named House at Pooh Corner; and the Tower Ruin.

The property also includes a conservatory/pool house, a carriage house, and an amazing variety of antique garden tools. We will enjoy our lunch at this estate after the tour.

Our next stop will be to North Star Orchard in Cochranville for a signature apple-tasting event. North Star Orchard ( specializes in growing over 300 varieties of apples, from heritage to brand-new. We will enjoy an introduction and tasting of 30 apple varieties presented by their resident apple experts, learning about each variety’s notable characteristics and various flavors from floral to spicy, citrusy to berry-like.

The tasting will be in an indoor classroom adjacent to the farm store which will open after our tasting. Please note: there will be a lot of walking at the first garden which has hilly terrain. Bring your own lunch. Limit 27.

Members: $85                   Non-members: $125

Register online or call 610-328-8025.

A terrific incentive to become a member! Excursions with the Scott Associates are member benefits; the non-member fee reflects the member cost of the trip plus a $40 one-year Individual Membership.

Cancellation Policy:

  • The Scott Arboretum retains the right to cancel any program due to lack of enrollment or unforeseen problems. Please provide us with your email so we have a way to notify you regarding scheduling changes.
  • No refunds are available for day bus trips.
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Wister Center
Contact Information:
Phone: (610) 328–8025
Event Sponsors
Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College
Open To
The Public

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