Perennial Plant Conference

Friday, October 19, 2018

Lang Performing Arts Center, Swarthmore College


Longwood Gardens websiteLongwood Gardens

The Garden of a Lifetime.  A Century in the making.

Longwood Gardens is a feast for the senses! As the world's premier horticultural display garden, Longwood boasts over 1,000 acres of majestic gardens, natural woodlands, and colorful meadows. Twenty spectacular outdoor gardens transform with the seasons, while indoors, four acres of heated conservatories contain amazing garden settings that change throughout the year.  Featuring more fountains than any other garden in the United States, Longwood delights visitors with magnificent water displays while showcasing dynamic concerts and performances, and offering extensive educational programs for every level of interest.  Longwood really is America's ultimate garden treasure.

Chanticleer website Chanticleer

Chanticleer was the estate of Christine and Adolph Rosengarten, Sr., head of the pharmaceutical company Rosengarten and Sons.  Their son Adolph Jr. left the property to be enjoyed as a 35-acre public garden.  The garden has been open to the public since 1993.

The Washington Post called Chanticleer “ of the most interesting and edgy public gardens in America.”  The garden focuses on plant combinations, containers, textures, and colors, often relying on foliage more than flowers. 
Tens of thousands of bulbs clothe the ground in spring, followed by orchards of flowering trees with native wildflowers blooming in the woods. A vegetable garden complements a cut-flower garden. Courtyards are a framework for unusual combinations of hardy and tropical plants. Vines grow in nooks and crannies, trailing and twining. A serpentine of cedars, boulders, and agronomic crops undulates through a mown hillside. A woodland garden carpeted with Asian groundcovers and full of rarities leads to a water garden surrounded by exuberant perennials. A ruin plays with indoor/outdoor relationships and contrasts the light and dark sides of gardens.  Sculptures, homemade seats, benches, wrought iron fences, and bridges highlight the uniqueness and personal nature of the garden.

Chanticleer is indeed a pleasure garden, offering an escape from the rush of every day life and a place where one can feel like a personal guest of the Rosengarten family. 

Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore Collegewebsite Scott Arboretum

The Scott Arboretum is an educational garden of ideas and suggestions. Covering more than 300 acres of the Swarthmore College Campus and exhibiting over 4,000 different kinds of plants, the Arboretum displays some of the best trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals for use in the Delaware Valley. Established in 1929 as a living memorial to Arthur Hoyt Scott, the Arboretum is open to the public year-round free of charge, from dawn to dusk. Adam Levine in the November/December 2002 issue of Garden Design magazine described the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College as "the most beautiful campus in America." Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please call the Arboretum Offices at 610-328-8025.

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society website

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1827. Under the leadership of Drew Becher, PHS provides great events, activities, and publications for novice gardeners, experienced horticulturists, and flower lovers of all ages.

Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Chapter website

The Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Group is a not-for-profit volunteer organization for gardeners in the Mid-Atlantic region. They encourage gardeners – from beginners to professionals – to learn more about horticulture and to share skills, knowledge, and plants with each other.

Members gather informally throughout the year to visit gardens and nurseries in the Delaware Valley. They sponsor seminars and lectures about plants – both hardy and tender – as well as ecology, design, propagation, and conservation.

They also hold sales featuring choice and unusual plants and garden accessories, and co-sponsor other events with leading area horticultural institutions. Many members enjoy helping with HPS/MAC programs and activities, but there are no membership requirements.


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