Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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John and Lydia Morris

Creator: Michael B. Price (American, b. 1940)
Material: Everdur silicon bronze
Year: 1981
Gift of Philip and Muriel Berman

Over a hundred years ago, the horticulturists and civic leaders John T. Morris and his sister Lydia T. Morris established a garden and summer home here. To ensure that future generations would have access to the site and its botanical treasures, they willed these 166 acres to establish a public Arboretum. In 1981, Philip and Muriel Berman commissioned sculptor Michael Price to create posthumous portraits of its founders. Price first researched historical photos to determine the Morris's appearances. Next he created their likenesses in full-size clay figures. To create these bronze statues, he used the classic lost-wax process of metal casting.

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Alerts & Updates

As part of our commitment to historic preservation, the beloved Log Cabin flooring is being replaced this week, and the Log Cabin will be closed from Wednesday, October 3 - Friday, October 5.

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

Garden Railway trains are not running Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th due to inclement weather.

Please note: The Rose Garden is closed for maintenance every Thursday morning until noon.

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.