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Joint Lecture at Scott Arboretum: Humane Gardener
Scott Arboretum
500 College Ave
Swarthmore, PA 19081

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Sunday, November 19, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Category: Annual Events & Programs


A World of Discovery: How Science and Heart Can Make You a More Ecological Gardener

Speaker: Nancy Lawson


A Free Hybrid Event – In-Person at Scott Arboretrum or Virtually

Please join us for our annual lecture sponsored by a partnership of the Scott Arboretum and the Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Group.

Nancy Lawson, author of The Humane Gardener and the new Wildscape: Trilling Chipmunks, Beckoning Blooms, Salty Butterflies, and Other Sensory Wonders of Nature, will present an insightful and personal exploration into the sensory lives of animals and plants.

Our outdoor surroundings are vibrant realms, places where many languages are spoken, sometimes in sensory alphabets we’ve only just begun to decipher. Much has been written about gardening for human senses, but how do plants and animals perceive the world around them? What do we miss when we landscape for our own visual appeal but neglect the perceptive experiences of our wild neighbors? Along with conventional landscaping practices, noise, light, and odor pollution have many unintended consequences. Through science, heart, and our powers of observation, we can learn to mitigate these disruptions and create sensory refuges for the increasingly displaced flora and fauna who share our world.


When:                      Sunday, November 19th at 2:00 pm

Where:                    Science Center, Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081


                                 Virtually; a link will be provided to those who register

Event Cost:             This is a free lecture and open to the public, but registration is required.

Registration:  Registration must be done on the Scott Arboretum website. Registration is open for this lecture: 

Seed Exchange: 'Members wishing to submit seeds for the Seed Exchange can bring them to the lecture and they will be taken to the drop off site'

Book Purchase:      Nancy will have copies of her books available for purchase and autographing (cash, checks, and credit cards accepted).

Contact: Stephen Rifici [email protected]