Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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The 28th Annual Landscape Design Symposium

Analyzing the Wild, Designing the Garden

Date and Location:

Thursday, January 19 — Friday, January 20, 2017
Science Center Auditorium,
Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA

Natural landscapes are inherently complex, shaped by intricate ecological processes and past human activity. A designer’s ability to succeed in the middle of this complexity can be greatly enhanced through careful examination of relevant ecological research and analysis. Join us at our two-day conference as highly accomplished ecologists and designers explore the synthesis of sophisticated analysis and creative design.

Featured Speakers:

CEUs available for landscape architects, APLD members, arborists, and horticulturists. Click here for more info.

To sign up on-line click here or call 215-247-5777, ext. 125

Complete Agenda

For a printable PDF of the Agenda click here.

For a printable PDF of the Brochure click here.

Sponsored by
New Directions in the American Landscape (developed by Larry Weaner Landscape Associates)
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
Connecticut College Arboretum

Co-sponsored by
PA/DE Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects

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Register Today!


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Courtyard by Marriott for a group rate of $109/night (not including taxes). To book a room using the group rate, call (215-699-7247) and mention the group name, “Landscape Design Symposium,” . Reserve before December 23, 2015 for discounted rate.


Click here to download a printable PDF of directions to the conference »

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Alerts & Updates

The lower portion of the Rose Garden will be closed due to renovations to the turf after a long, hot, dry summer with record attendance. The top gate will be open to allow for visual access, just not foot traffic. While we will hope to reopen quickly, some variables are unpredictable. We look forward to welcoming visitors back on our newly restored Rose Garden turf soon.

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.