This past May, rhododendron and azalea enthusiasts from across the globe traveled to Philadelphia for the American Rhododendron Society convention. This annual convention featured many of the country’s great gardens including Longwood Gardens, Mt. Cuba Center, Chanticleer, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Tyler Arboretum, Morris Arboretum, and others, including several significant private gardens. Of course, with one of the most extensive collections of azaleas and rhododendrons in the country, Jenkins hosted an evening of wining,
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Smarr as the new Executive Director of Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens. Tom will succeed Dr. Harold Sweetman, who grew the garden from the ground up and served as Jenkins’ Executive Director for 33 years. Tom Smarr comes to Jenkins with over two decades of experience in horticulture, conservation, botanic gardens and public parks. He holds a master’s degree in urban horticulture from the
April 26, 2019 – Arbor Day was celebrated at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens by the Community Garden Club at Wayne. This long-standing club event honored Dr. Harold Sweetman, Jenkins’ Executive Director. Terry Boyle, club liaison to the Arboretum, presented Dr. Sweetman with a lifelong membership in the club, a gag gift of a license plate declaring “retired”, and a tree for his farm.  Sharon Simson, Club President, presented the Club’s annual gift of a tree for
In 2003, Jenkins introduced its Green Ribbon Native Plant® selection program as a way to share the uses and merits of native plants in the landscape. Each year, three plants, typically a tree, a shrub, and a wildflower, are selected. To receive this recognition, plants must be native to eastern North America, adaptable to a wide range of environmental conditions, and have horticultural appeal in a variety of landscape situations. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing,
March 1, 2019 – Be among the first to receive America’s Garden Capital Passport, an exclusive guide to exploring the region’s 36 public gardens, including Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens, on Sunday, March 10 at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show. Featuring a custom map, garden activities, links to online garden itineraries, and pages to collect garden “travel” stamps, personal sketches and thoughts, the Passport is your guide to experience the area’s garden power. Stop by the America’s Garden