Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

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Visitor Center Exhibit

Upper Gallery
Close to the Land: Images of rural China by Charlotte Temple

This photography exhibit of 24 images is open regular hours except during special events in the Visitor Center.


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In her photography, Charlotte Temple aims to document communities living as close to the land as they had a thousand years before, as well as the changes that have marked them. Fascinated by the beauty and contradictions of the country, she began this project thirty years ago and continues this work today.

Morris Arboretum’s modern plant exploration and research efforts in China cover a similar period of time. Our work studying plants and preserving diversity complements Charlotte’s goals for her project. Charlotte became a friend of Morris Arboretum after joining an Arboretum tour in 1995.


Lower Gallery
People, Plants & Place: The Story of Morris Arboretum

People, Plants & Place: The Story of Morris Arboretum

This exhibit will take you on a historical journey of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, from its beginnings as a summer estate to the present day as an institution that brings people, plants, and places together.

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Alerts & Updates

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

Please note that weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.

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