Swarthmore in Delaware County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
An Original Landscape
Magnolia virginiana var. australis 'Henry Hicks' is a cultivar selected by John Wister, the first director of the Scott Arboretum. It is named after Long Island nurseryman Henry Hicks and was selected for its tendency to remain evergreen in winter. The species is one of the few magnolias that grow well in marshy and poorly drained soils. It is native to the coastal plains and can be identified by its single, white, spring-to-summer blooms; its dark-green, glossy upper leaf; and its pale, glaucous underside. It thrives in full sun.
Of the world's 304 wild magnolia species, over half
Here and scattered around campus, the Scott Arboretum's magnolia collection contains close to 150 types of magnolias and is recognized by the Plant Collections Network as a Nationally Accredited Plant Collection. Species include M. denudata, M. stellata, M. grandiflora and M. virginiana.
Erected by Scott Arboretum, Swarthmore College.
Location. 39° 54.304′ N, 75° 21.076′ W. Marker is in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, in Delaware County. Marker can be reached from Visitor's Center Road west of North Chester Road (Pennsylvania Route 320), on the right when traveling west. Marker is located on the Swarthmore College Campus, directly in front of the Benjamin West House, which now houses the Swarthmore Visitor Information Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore PA 19081, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Benjamin West (within shouting distance of this marker); J. Edgar Thompson (approx. one mile away); Rose Valley Historic District (approx. 2 miles away); Minquas’ Path (approx. 2 miles away); The Great Trail (approx. 2 miles away); Mildred Scott Olmsted (approx. 2 miles away); Leiper Railway (approx. 2 miles away); John Morton (approx. 2.3 miles away).
Regarding An Original Landscape. National Historic Landmark (1965). National Register of Historic Places #66000662 (1966).
Also see . . . Benjamin West Birthplace. Benjamin West was born in this house in 1738. He was one of the first American-born artists to be trained in Italy, and settled in England in 1763, where he embarked on a successful career as a painter. (Submitted on September 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.