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Weddings at Morris Arboretum

Sites and Locations

Ceremony Locations

Magnolia Slope

Rolling hills are the backdrop to a colorful sunset view from this hillside vantage point.

Magnolia Slope

Two Lines

The highest point in the garden, the Two Lines sculpture marks the location where the original mansion once stood, with incredible views into the garden valley.

Two Lines

Widener Lawn

Available July-Sept Only

A large grassy area with a striking view of the garden valley below, this area is located closest to the reception tent.

Widener Lawn

Azalea Meadow

A wide open field surrounded by flowering azaleas, rare evergreens and several modern scultpures.

Azalea Meadow

Baxter Memorial

A round, brick patio overlooking the meadow garden, tucked between the rose garden and the swan pond.

Baxter Memorial

Rose Garden

Available June-Sept for ceremony and/or cocktail hour for an additional fee

The garden gem of the Arboretum is a stunning location for a ceremony and/or cocktail hour. Limitation of 20 chairs for seating.

Rose Garden

Pennock Walk

Available April-Sept for ceremony and/or cocktail hour for an additional fee

This romantic, gated garden provides a lovely setting for a ceremony and/or cocktail hour and includes two beautiful water features.

Pennock Walk

Cocktail Hour Locations

Out on a Limb

Available April-Nov for additional fee

A striking walkway that soars 50 feet above the ground this treetop experience provides your guests with a bird’s eye view of the forest, for a truly memorable event.

Out on a Limb

Widener Plaza

Widener Plaza is adjacent to the historic stone carriage house and overlooks a large green lawn.

Widener Plaza

Reception Locations

Reception Tent

The tented reception area, with optional side flaps for inclement weather, can accommodate up to 175 guests for a sit-down dinner. Tables and chairs are included.

Reception Tent

Carriage House Rooms

Several interior rooms off the reception tent accommodate essential party features, including: a bar, dessert station, photo booth, etc. Wheelchair accessible restrooms are available indoors and out.

Carriage House Rooms

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Magnolia Slope

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Two Lines

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Widener Lawn

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Azalea Meadow

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Baxter Memorial

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Rose Garden

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Pennock Walk

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Out on a Limb

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Widener Plaza

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Reception Tent

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Carriage House Rooms

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Vendors

Caterers

You must choose your caterer from a list of approved caterers that offer you a broad range of menu options, styles and pricing. We have carefully pre-screened our caterers to assure that they are thoroughly familiar with the Arboretum's facilities and policies, while offering you the highest quality of support and service. The preferred caterers can be contacted at the numbers below:

Seedling & Sage
215.885.2037

Catering by Brunos
267.240.5624

Company's Coming
610.247.4353

Feast Your Eyes
215.634.3002

Jeffrey Miller
610.622.3700

Joshua's Catering
215.224.1800

Tent Ceiling Décor

If you are interested in decorating the ceiling of the reception tent, you will be required to work with Philadelphia-based Wild Stems. They offer several innovative tent installations featuring floating linen fabrics, string lights and/or paper lanterns in a variety of colors. For more information contact:

Photographers, Bands, DJs, Florists, etc.

All other wedding vendors are your choice and don’t require Arboretum approval.

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Rental Availability

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Rental Rates

2021 Friday          Saturday     Sunday       
April $2,900 $3,700 $2,700
May SOLD OUT SOLD OUT $4,700
June SOLD OUT $6,500 $4,800
July $3,400 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
August $3,400 SOLD OUT $3,100
September SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
October SOLD OUT SOLD OUT $4,400
November* $3,400 $4,400 SOLD OUT
2022 Friday          Saturday     Sunday       
April $3,100 $3,600 $2,700
May $5,200 $6,600 $4,700
June $5,100 $6,600 $4,700
July $3,500 $4,300 $3,100
August $3,500 $4,300 $3,000
September $5,200 $6,600 $4,800

*First weekend in November only.

Monday - Thursday Weddings are $2,400

Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends
For these weekends, Saturday rates will apply on Sunday and Sunday rates will apply on Monday.

Booking Info

Rentals include:

  • A choice of several ceremony and cocktail hour sites
  • On-site Photographs after the gardens close to the public
  • Reception space for up to 175 guests
  • Tent with side flaps and space heaters
  • Chairs for ceremony; tables and chairs for reception
  • Golf cart and driver for 3 hours (additional cart can be rented if desired)
  • Weekend (Friday - Sunday) rental duration from 6:00 - 11:00pm; Weekdays from 6:00 - 10:00pm

Check our availability. Deposit is due with the signing of the Facility Rental Agreement. The requested date and facility will not be confirmed until the deposit is paid and the agreement is signed. A $750 Security Deposit is due 90 days before the wedding date.

Ceremony Only - 2 Hours, starting after garden closes. Limited to 75 people.

Designated areas around: Rate
Garden Ceremony Locations $1,400
Rose Garden or Pennock Garden $1,700

Ceremony-only events cannot be booked more than 6 months in advance (subject to availability).

For more information, contact Rentals and Information at 215.247.5777 x158 or email rentals@morrisarboretum.org.

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Rental Specials


Big Tent Wedding June 2022
One weekend only, you can host your one-of-a-kind Garden wedding with up to 400 guests. Dance and dine under the stars in a clear-topped big tent, while saying "I Do" in our gorgeous garden. Lighting and dance floor included. This special tent is available June 4 and 5 only. Saturday, June 4, 2022: $8,900. Sunday, June 5, 2022: $7,900. Contact the Rentals Team for more details.


Penn Sunday Special
Part of the Penn family? Come celebrate with us! We are happy to offer a 10% discount on rental fees for Sunday events to all those with a valid PennID (students, alumni, staff and faculty).


For more information about these specials or to book, contact: rentals@morrisarboretum.org

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Rentals at Morris Arboretum






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Alerts & Updates

Saturday, October 24th advance tickets are sold out! Get your tickets for Sunday, October 25th now!

Due to the weather and flooding, the Arboretum is closed today Tuesday, August 4th.

Advance Tickets Required for All Visitors (Including Members)

The Morris Arboretum is excited to be open! We have instituted new policies as required by the government of Pennsylvania in order to keep the public safe while visiting. Please review the policies below before your visit.

  • The City of Philadelphia mandates that all visitors age 2 and older wear face coverings.
  • If you feel sick, stay home.
  • The Visitor Center, the Shop, and Compton Café are temporarily closed, but picnicking will be permitted in certain areas.
  • The Fernery and the Log Cabin are temporarily closed.
  • Restrooms are open and sanitized regularly.
  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout the Arboretum.
  • Bring your own water and snacks.
  • Library passes and RAP reciprocal admissions are not accepted at this time.
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Unfortunately, Out on a Limb will be closed on Wednesday, January 29th through Friday, January 31, 2020 due to scheduled maintenance.

The Garden Railway will not be operational from 2:00 PM Friday (July 19) through the weekend (July 20-21). The trains will open for normal operation on Monday, July 22nd. Our Train Master reported that the trains will not operate in the excessive heat, citing electrical, track and rolling stock failures.

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.

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