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Swarthmore in Delaware County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

An Original Landscape

 
 
An Original Landscape Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2019
1. An Original Landscape Marker
Inscription.  To the right, you will find the Benjamin West House, the birthplace of American painter Benjamin West (1738-1820). Best known for his paintings The Death of General Wolfe (c.1771) and The Treaty of Penn with Indians (1772), he lived in Europe for much of his life, served as a painter under King George III, and influenced the development of historical paintings in both Britain and America. In 1966, the house was designated a historic landmark. Today, it serves as Swarthmore College's Visitor Information Center.

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.

Magnolias
Of the world's 304 wild magnolia species, over half
Marker detail: Benjamin West House image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Benjamin West House
are threatened with extinction. A beloved ornamental group of shrubs and trees that emit sweet fragrances from blossoms of white, yellow, pink, red, and purple, magnolias can be found in North America, Central America, South America, and eastern Asia. Among the oldest flowering plants, magnolias are used in various cultures for medicinal purposes.

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);
Marker detail: <i>Magnolia virginiana var. australis</i><br>'Henry Hicks' image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Magnolia virginiana var. australis
'Henry Hicks'
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.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicHorticulture & Forestry
 
Marker detail: Magnolias image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Magnolias
Look for yellow magnolias such as Magnolia `Lois' near the bell tower of Clothier Hall.

Magnolia macrophylla ssp. ashei (Ashe magnolia) has large (2-foot-long) leaves with citrus-scented white blooms in the summer.

Magnolia ‘Elizabeth' (hybrid magnolia) displays the typical yellow fall color of magnolias.

The evergreen leaves of southern magnolias (Magnolia grandiflora ‘D.D. Blanchard') have an attractive, rusty-brown underside for winter interest.
An Original Landscape Marker • wide view<br>(<i>Magnolias & Benjamin West House in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2019
5. An Original Landscape Marker • wide view
(Magnolias & Benjamin West House in background)
Benjamin West Birthplace (<i>view from marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2019
6. Benjamin West Birthplace (view from marker)
 

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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 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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