The internationally known ceramic artist Toshiko Takaezu has often created clay vessels that mysteriously rattle when shaken. In the 1980s, she began making bronze bells to further explore sound as a component in her sculpture.
The Hawaiian-born artist researched Japanese bell designs and learned to thicken the instrument's rim and top, to enhance sound quality. The simple wooden support evokes a Shinto shrine, dedicated to the traditional spirits of the natural world.
A tree is down blocking our main path between Out on a Limb and the Rose Garden. Guests must use the path behind the Visitor Center to access the Arboretum. This path is steep and may be difficult for guests with wheelchairs or strollers.
Our system is having an issue recognizing memberships at this time. We are working as quickly as possible to resolve the issue.
All guests, including members, are required to reserve advance tickets for admission. Parking is included with your advance ticket.
Guests are not required to wear face coverings outdoors, but face coverings must always be worn indoors.
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.