Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with a Blooming Bash! Bring afriend and celebrate spring at the Scott Arboretum with acomplimentary garden reception on Friday, May 6 from 4 to 7 pm.
Enjoy beverages and light fare in a lovely outdoorsetting. Enjoy free a free family tour at 4:30 pm and a curator's tourat 6 pm.
Discover our inspiring gardens, part of “the mostbeautiful campus in America,” free to the public 365 days a year! Also,learn about the robust programming and fun opportunities the ScottArboretum offers.
Join us for a relaxing evening in the Terry ShaneTeaching Garden. In the event of rain, our reception will be movedinside our Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)certified building, the Wister Center.
The eighth annual National Public Gardens Day,scheduled for May 6, 2016, is a national day of celebration thatinvites communities to explore the beauty of their local green spaceswhile raising awareness of the important role public gardens play inpromoting conservation, education, and environmental preservation.Annually scheduled on the Friday preceding Mother’s Day weekend,schools, families, garden enthusiasts, and visitors are invited to visitpublic gardens in their local community for special events andactivities.
Tour our stunning and ever-expanding Tree Peony Collection at thepeak of bloom. Explore the collection with experts from the Mid-AtlanticPeony Society and stay for a reception with like-minded gardeningenthusiasts.
The tour will begin at the Scott Arboretum Offices and is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the tour will be canceled. For more information, please call the Scott Arboretum Offices at (610) 328-8025.
The 21st annual Members Plant Exchange & Sale iswhere members of the Scott Arboretum come together to donate andexchange plants from their own gardens. For every three plants a memberdonates, a plant of their choosing is received in exchange.
During the sale portion of the event, members can buy mostplants for only a dollar. Over 3,000 plants exchange hands at thisannual event, which allows gardeners to increase their plantcollections for a fraction of the potential cost and divide their ownovergrown plantings. Learn more here.
Our two stops for the day were created by self-taught, motivatedindividuals. The first extraordinary garden belongs to Gail Gee. In2001, inspired by the work of landscape designer and author GordonHayward, Gail began to completely transform her 3-acre, mostly clay,suburban yard into colorful borders with perennials and bulbs, rareshrubs and trees, decorative arbors and gazebos, patios, stone paths,bright trellises bowered with clematis, and a stunning collection ofseveral hundred peonies including intersectionals (we hope to visitnear peak bloom!).
The entire garden is maintained organically. Our second stop willbe to Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton, Maryland for a guided gardentour. Harvey S. Ladew (1887-1976) created 15 thematic “garden rooms” on22 acres of his 250-acre Maryland property. It is a wonder thatHarvey, with no formal training and very little outside help, createdsuch a magnificent, living masterpiece. He also transformed the oldwhite farmhouse into the stately Manor House we will also tour. Travelby coach with Jeff Jabco and Julie Jenney. Bring your own lunch to haveon the bus. Limit 30.
Members: $99 Non-members: $139
Register online or call 610-328-8025.