By Phran Novelli

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – If you’re free this weekend, there are two free events at the Scott Arboretum.

On Saturday, January 25th from 10 to 11:30 am – weather permitting – you can enjoy a free guided highlights tour. Since the Arboretum covers the Swarthmore College campus, a guided tour is a big help, so that next time you visit (maybe to see the magnolias and bluebells blooming in the spring?) you’ll know your way around. The tour’s for anyone from beginners to expert gardeners and starts at the Arboretum offices. If you miss Saturday’s guided tour, you can always enjoy the gardens any day, on your own, from dawn to dusk.

Then, on Sunday, January 26, at 2 pm, there’s a free lecture in the Science Center, room 101, followed by a reception. It’s the Joanne Walkovic Memorial Lecture for the Hardy Plant Society and will focus on ‘4-star plants’ chosen through rigorous testing at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. For nearly 25 years, the CBG has grown hundreds of different cultivars in comparative trials, so they can tell us all which plants are easiest to grow and most likely to survive, saving gardeners a lot of heartbreak.

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