Explore Our “garden of ideas”

Walk our gardens to admire nature or cultivate ideas for your own garden. We have fresh ideas for every season!

We can teach you what we practice

The Scott Arboretum cultivates a variety of plants that create some of the region’s most intimate, authentic, and accessible horticultural experiences.

Tours and educational programs are available for budding and seasoned horticulturists.

Visit the Scott Arboretum

Take a guided or self-guided tour to explore the extensive plant collections that make up the beautiful gardens across Swarthmore College campus.

One of the most beautiful college campuses in America

The idyllic 425-acre arboretum that makes up the Swarthmore College campus is often named one of the most beautiful in the country. Located just 11 miles from Philadelphia, the rolling hills, flowering trees, and hiking trails offer a nature escape on the edge of a busy metropolis.

How we started

The Arboretum is a living memorial to Arthur Hoyt Scott (Swarthmore Class of 1895). Mr. Scott’s family made a generous donation to found the Arboretum in 1929.


Learn horticulture through application

The Scott Arboretum offers a variety of programs that give you hands-on experience in the gardens. Programs are available for novice and advanced horticulturists, Swarthmore College students, and volunteers.

Our programs include:

  • Hands-on workshops, lectures, and classes
  • Community Gardening
  • Volunteering
  • Swarthmore College Student Employee Program
  • Internships

Become a Scott Associate

Since 1971, the Associates of the Scott Arboretum have supported the goals of the Arboretum. By becoming a member, you will enjoy many benefits including:

  • Hybrid, the Arboretum’s quarterly newsletter
  • Discounts and free admission to Arboretum programs
  • Members only shopping hours during all three Scott Arboretum Selections Sales
  • Discounts at regional nurseries and garden centers

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