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Group Visits to Morris Arboretum

Group Visits

The Arboretum welcomes organized groups for visits, please fill out our Group Tour Request Form and a member of our staff will contact you to arrange a date. 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.

Due to safety considerations, masks are required of all participants while on guided tours. Visiting groups are limited to 25 people or less.

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.

Art in the Garden Tour

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


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.

Garden Highlights Tour

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.

Japanese Elements Tour

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.

Native Trees Tour

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.

Outstanding Trees Tour

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.

Victorian Garden Tour

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.

Winter Walk Tour

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For the safety of our visitors and to preserve the structural integrity of our tree collection, climbing or sitting on the limbs of trees is not permitted. Thank you!


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COVID-19 Response

In response to the unprecedented public health crisis related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), Morris Arboretum will close to the public as of March 14, 2020 until the University of Pennsylvania feels that is it safe to re-open. Learn more about the Univerisity's response on the University of Pennsylvania’s dedicated Coronavirus website: coronavirus.upenn.edu. Please know that this decision was made after careful deliberation and that our priority is to do all we can to ensure the safety and well being of our staff, volunteers, and visitors. Information pertaining to public health is rapidly evolving and, as such, it is not yet known when we will reopen. We will be vigilant in our efforts to keep our website up-to-date and we will communicate directly to members and class registrants via email with the latest details.

The following information is provided in anticipation of some of the questions you may have relative to the following categories:

Individuals who have registered for a class
It is our intention to provide a refund to individuals who have registered for a class that occurs during this temporary closure. We are working as quickly as possible to process your refunds in the manner in which you paid. If you have questions, please contact education@morrisarboretum.org.

Annual Membership
We appreciate your patience at this time. We know that early spring is the most natural time to come out to the Arboretum for a walk in the gardens to enjoy the fresh air, but maintaining public health must be our priority. We look forward to seeing you in the gardens just as soon as we are reassured that it is safe for all of our visitors to return. We will keep you updated on any developments, but in the meantime, if you have any questions about your membership, please contact members@morrisarboretum.org.

Planned Events
Any individuals that have planned events will receive outreach directly from a staff member to discuss your options.

We will continue to update the community as soon as information is available and is consistent with the evolution of this dynamic situation. Questions may be directed to info@morrisarboretum.org.

We appreciate your understanding during these challenging times and we thank you for your support. Please stay connected with us through Facebook, Instagram, and our website.

Resources
Center for Disease Control (CDC): cdc.gov/coronavirus
University of Pennsylvania’s dedicated Coronavirus website: coronavirus.upenn.edu

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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Member Dividend Plant Distribution!

Thursday, September 17 - Wednesday, September 30
Fernery Plaza
Advance Tickets Required for Member Dividend Plant Pick Up

Members, we are excited to share Arboretum plants with you! That's right - a free plant for being a member. New (like so many things) this year, there are two locations and two timeframes for picking-up your member dividend plant:

The plant selection will be varied throughout the distribution dates. Dividends are from the Arboretum's collection of propagated plants from our greenhouse. This is your opportunity to bring a piece of the Arboretum to your home garden or neighborhood!

Individual, Dual, Family, Beech, and Chestnut members may select one plant per membership. Holly, Oak, Laurel, and Collectors Circle member may select two plants per membership.  Reserve tickets now.

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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.
Reserve Tickets Now

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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