Congratulations, Scott Arboretum!

USA Today recently listed Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College as one of the top ten destination gardens in the country!

Here’s what they had to say:

“There are nearly 600 public and botanical gardens nationwide, according to the American Public Gardens Association, and many are big, well-known attractions. However, others – like these 10 gardens – are smaller and lesser-known, yet equally travel-worthy.

Free to the public, the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College focuses on the horticultural diversity of the Delaware Valley. Collections of cherry, crabapple, holly, hydrangea, magnolia and peony create a colorful show throughout the year. There are more than 4,000 varieties of flora on display, most labeled with their scientific and common names.”



The mission of the Scott Arboretum is to delight and educate all visitors and inspire them to enjoy the  many benefits of horticulture. Our “gardens of ideas” features varieties that perform well in this region, encouraging wise stewardship as well as the cultivation of plants to sustain the body, enchant the eye, and soothe the spirit.

The Arboretum’s collections and gardens demonstrate how botanical, horticultural, and landscape
aspects can be combined successfully. Plants are labeled with their scientific and common names and often grouped in collections to make easy comparisons. They represent the horticultural diversity of the Delaware Valley region (Zone 6-7), serve as a living museum for homeowners seeking ideas for their gardens, and provide an attractive landscape for the college community. Our mature trees and shrubs can help homeowners determine the right plants for their landscaping needs.

The Arboretum grounds are open every day dawn to dusk; admission is free. The Arboretum Offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to noon and 1:00 to 4:30 pm.

For more information, please call the Arboretum Offices at 610-328-8025

500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081
scottarboretum.org