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Swarthmore College: Swarthmore, PA

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Swarthmore College: Swarthmore, PA

Just southwest of Philadelphia, Swarthmore’s Scott Arboretum nurtures idyllic gardens of hydrangea, lilacs, and tree peonies and a courtyard devoted to fragrant trees and shrubs. The highlight is its outdoor amphitheater, a series of cascading lawn-covered stone tiers shaded by tulip trees and surrounded by Crum Woods and its holly and rhododendron collections.

Photo-op: The Dean Bond Rose Garden has 200-plus varieties and views of stately Parrish Hall in the background.

To-Do List: Gardening classes and tours at the arboretum; topics range from growing maples to the benefits of green roofs. —Ratha Tep

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