Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

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Group Visits to Morris Arboretum

Group Visits

The Arboretum welcomes organized groups for visits, please contact Lisa Bailey at baileyL@upenn.edu or 215.247.5777 x157 to make arrangements. For opportunities available for student groups, field trips, and scout tours, please visit our Education section.

Tours for parties of 10 or more can be arranged with 3 weeks advance notice.

Groups may select from among the following group tours:

Art in the Garden Group Tour

Duration: 60 minutes

The Arboretum is home to an outdoor collection of classic and contemporary sculpture. Explore the garden’s works of art, both intimate and grand, seamlessly integrated into the designed landscape. The Madeline K. Butcher Sculpture Garden features changing exhibits of emerging artists. The length of time and areas covered can be adjusted for each group.



After B. K. S. Iyengar
by Robert M. Engman


Bloomfield Farm and Historic Springfield Mills Tour

Duration: 60 minutes

Springfield Mills and the Miller’s Cottage date back to 1760 and are the oldest architectural features at the Morris Arboretum. Springfield Mills contains the most complete inventory of original mill works and related machinery of any mill in the area. The content of the mill provides a unique opportunity to interpret 19th and early 20th century agriculture and milling.


Garden Highlights Tour

Duration: 60 minutes

The Morris Arboretum is a living museum featuring plants, sculpture and ideas collected from around the world. Visit some of the Arboretum’s most beloved attractions like the Fernery, the Rose Garden, and the Log Cabin, which visionaries John and Lydia Morris developed more than 100 years ago.


Japanese Elements Tour

Duration: 60 or 90 minute options available

A Japanese garden speaks to all the senses, providing a place for rest, repose, meditation and pleasure. Explore the many locations throughout the Arboretum where traditional Japanese elements meld into the Victorian landscape created by John Morris. Long and short tours are available depending on time constraints.


LEED Horticulture Center and Green Roofs Tours

Duration: 60 minutes

The Horticulture Center supports the Arboretum’s daily operations in a healthy and environmentally friendly facility. It has been awarded Platinum Level LEED® Certification, setting an example for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design on a local, regional, and national level. Green roofs, geothermal wells, constructed wetlands, recycled materials, energy efficient buildings and solar panels are some of the demonstration features. Tours are from the ground only.


Native Trees Tour

Duration: 60 minutes

Evidence suggests that native tree species support the rich diversity of fauna within forest ecosystems. Take a group tour of the native trees at the Arboretum and learn about the many ways native trees can support increased biodiversity when planted in a variety of non-forest settings, too.


Outstanding Trees Tour

Duration: 60 minutes

The Arboretum is over 75 years old and so are many of our trees. Many trees in our living collection are recognized as significant examples of their species, and some are the oldest in the area. Plan a guided tour to see our prized collection of mature stately trees. Our most exceptional specimens are highlighted on this tour, including several current or former state champions, as well as many trees of extraordinary size and beauty.


Victorian Garden Tour

Duration: 60 minutes

In the Victorian tradition, this tour showcases historic buildings, garden architecture, fountains and statuary. Compton, the private estate of the wealthy Quaker siblings John and Lydia Morris, is a living testimony to the horticultural vision of this enlightened and well-traveled, 19th-century pair.


Winter Walk

Duration: 60 minutes

Experience the garden in winter and it may become your favorite season. Few views are more dramatic than evergreens punctuating a snowy landscape. The sculptural quality of deciduous trees is revealed best at this time of year, accented by winter fruits and interesting bark.

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Renovation of the George D. Widener Education & Visitor Center


Accessibility
Renovations began in January on the George D. Widener Education & Visitor Center. The project includes the expansion of the building’s main entrance, and the installation of automatic front doors that will comply with ADA standards for accessible design. The entrance will also be more stroller friendly, making it easier for families to navigate the building.

Visitor Center Plaza
In addition to the improvements being made to the building itself, the surrounding plaza will also be enlarged and enhanced.A new 30x30 area will provide a larger gathering space for tours, and will help reduce congestion on high visitation days. The larger terrace will also feature sitting walls and benches toprovide additional seating.

Membership Kiosk
The membership kiosk will be relocated within the plaza and will be expanded to enable staff to welcome visitors more efficiently. New plantings will be added. When finished, the area will provide a pleasant, relaxing space for visitors to gather and linger.

Closure and Visitor Access
The Shop at Morris Arboretum will remain closed until construction is completed toward the end of March. Visitors and those enrolled in classes may encounter inconveniences which we apologize for in advance. The Visitor Center remains open for programs (like classes) and conveniences. Look for signage indicating an alternative entrance.

Special Thanks
Morris Arboretum wishes to thank longtime Arboretum friend, Edith Dixon for making these enhancements possible. This attractive new area will allow the Arboretum to accommodate a broader audience and its improved functioning will enhance the experience of every visitor.

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Alerts & Updates

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.

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