Saint Francis, the founder of the Franciscan order, was born in Assisi, Italy over eight hundred years ago. A humble and compassionate man, Francis regarded all living things as his brothers and sisters.
According to tradition, the gentle Francis once preached a sermon to the birds. In this bronze sculpture, Madeline Butcher shows the Saint's head tilting upward, as if to greet the winged inhabitants of the Morris Arboretum.
In 1980, Pope John Paul II proclaimed Saint Francis of Assisi the patron saint of ecologists.
The paths around the wetland will be closed on Thursday, September 21st and Friday, September 22nd for invasive plant management work in the area. Thank you for your patience during this time. Click here for hours.
Please be advised that the Rose Garden is closed on Thursday mornings for maintenance.
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.