News

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
 
December 3, 2018 – Three talented botanical artists, Carol Ashton-Hergenhan, Deborah Keyser Dion, and Susan Mintun (Jenkins Board Member), have partnered with Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens to complete a florilegium comprised of approximately 36 artworks. Over the next two or three years, the artists will individually create paintings or drawings from the flora in Jenkins’ plant collection. The Florilegium will have many benefits: it will document the history of the garden, can serve as reference