Whew! Hurricane Sandy

Whew! Hurricane Sandy

Whew! Swarthmore College and the Scott Arboretum reopened today to minor damage from Hurricane Sandy. After two days of emergency closure and 4.5 inches of rain, we only lost one major tree. Most of campus was only littered with small branches and leaf debris.


Our only major casualty to Hurricane Sandy, a sugar maple near Ashton House. photo credit: R. Robert

The one large tree we did lose was a large sugar maple outside of Ashton House, the college guest house. At this time, it appears to not have caused damage to the college house itself. See a collection of storm images on our Facebook page.


Gardeners clear the fallen branches and needles from underneath the Metasequoia Allee as students return to classes today. photo credit: R. Robert

Gardeners have been working to clear pathways and garden spaces of debris for visitors, students, faculty, and staff. While our maple collection is largely defoliated, there is still wonderful fall color, striking berries, and tantalizing blooms in the garden. Come visit and relieve your cabin fever.


While slightly battered, Cyclamen hederifolium is still lighting up the Harry Wood Garden with its' pink blooms. photo credit: R. Robert

Our thoughts and well wishes go out to those still struggling with the effects of the storm. A big thank you to emergency responders who helped us all weather the storm safely.

Becky Robert
  • ann ainsworth
    Posted at 18:54h, 31 October Reply

    Thanks, Becky, You always do such a nice job with the things you send us….ann ainsworth

    • Becky Robert
      Posted at 07:51h, 01 November Reply

      Dear Ann,
      Thank you. We appreciate your help with clean-up this morning as well.


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