Plant Picks: The Dean Bond Rose Garden

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.

This is the second installment of the Daily Gazette’s new feature, Plant Picks. Last week readers were asked to figure out the following clue: Here is a place always associated with Graduation but not First Collection; go here at night to find a Blushing Knockout.

Katie_roses_plant_picksThe winner of this week’s contest, Katie Bates ’08, relaxes in the rose garden.

Katie Bates ’08 correctly identified the Dean Bond Rose Garden. Right answers were also received from Zach Rhinehart ’09 and Uma Nagendra ’09.

The Dean Bond Rose Garden was dedicated in 1958 and is named for Elizabeth Powell Bond, Dean of Women at Swarthmore College from 1890 to 1906. The garden contains over 660 roses with at least 213 types. The history of the garden stretches back to Robert Pyle, superintendent of grounds and buildings, who planted roses at that spot in 1898. Pyle was instrumental in the formation of early Scott Arboretum and was an avid collector of roses. In the early history of the garden, seniors were allowed to cut roses to have in their rooms. The clue referred to the current tradition of giving seniors each a rose cut from the garden to wear on graduation. The beautiful gates which open into the Dean Bond Rose Garden are known as Josephine’s Gates and were installed in 1966. The rose garden continues to be an icon of Swarthmore College, included in publications nearly as often as the Scott Amphitheater.

This weeks clue reads: This summer border garden can be found beside rebuilt social justice. Despite having oak leaves and tree-like shapes, these plants sit calmly in the shade of larger trees.

E-mail all guesses to myles [d o t] dakan [a t] gmail [d o t] com.

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