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By Phran Novelli

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – We’re lucky to have lots and lots of lovely gardens and arboretums in our area and while some do close for the winter, the Scott Arboretum, which covers the 300 acres of the Swarthmore College campus, is open year-round.

It’s free, and a great place for you to see trees, shrubs and perennials that thrive in the Delaware Valley, to help you decide what to plant at your place. (And even an outdoor amphitheater, as you see in the photo here).

Coming up this weekend and next, they have some special events, including a Fall Festival Sunday, October 20th with a free lecture at 4 pm about alpine plants, at the Lang Music Building. And everyone’s welcome to the reception that follows.

Then on Saturday, October 26 from 3 to 4:30 pm, weather permitting, you’re invited to enjoy a free guided tour (which starts at the Scott Arboretum office) and is a great way to get to know the place or to learn more about specific plants you might be interested in.

To find your way to the Scott Arboretum and learn more about these and other events in their garden of great ideas, visit ScottArboretum.org.

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