Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival

Two weekends of traditional Japanese cultural activities April 12th & 19th, 2014.

April 19 Schedule:

Cherry Walk

10:15am & 12:15pm
Meet at the Garden Railway

Space is limited. Visitors are invited to discover and appreciate the variety of cherry species planted throughout the Arboretum. This 45 minute walk will be led by an Arboretum expert.



Kimono Dressing Demonstration

11:00am
Upper Gallery, Widener Visitor Center

Young and old alike will delight in the beautiful kimonos exhibited by Fumiyo Batta. As a "Cultural Ambassador" for the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, Mrs. Batta has given numerous classes and demonstrations, including seminars on the art of kimono, traditional Japanese attire, since the festival's inception in 1998, and has been considered a significant Japanese cultural asset in the Delaware county area for the past two decades. As an extensive collector of kimonos, she will talk about the history of the kimono and demonstrate how to wear them. Participation from the audience will be welcomed.



Zen Archery Demonstration

12:00pm
Lawn across from Widener Visitor Center

This archery demonstration enlightens visitors about the ancient Japanese art of archery, which was regarded as the highest discipline of the Samurai warrior. Now known as Kyudo, this exercise combines the qualities of heart and mind at the moment of the arrow’s release.



Traditional Japanese Tea Demonstration

1:00pm
Azalea Meadow

The picnic tea or Chabako is a beautiful and unique form of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Featuring traditional costumes and designed to be done outdoors, there are four distinct presentations, one for each of the seasons. Weather permitting, this demonstration will be outside.



Japanese Elements Tour

2:00 - 3:00pm
Tour begins in front of Widener Visitor Center

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.


Saturday April 12
Saturday April 19
  • The Pennsylvania Bonsai Society

    10:00am - 3:00pm
    Japanese Bell or Café Tent (rain)

    PA Bonsai Society members will be displaying trees and doing demonstrations of bonsai maintenance.



    Cherry Walk

    10:15am & 12:15pm
    Meet at the Garden Railway.

    Space is limited. Visitors are invited to discover and appreciate the variety of cherry species planted throughout the Arboretum. This 45 minute walk will be led by an Arboretum expert.



    Kyo Daiko Drummers

    11:00am
    Haha Wall

    Taiko drumming has been practiced in Japan for hundreds of years at festivals, battles, and as a means of communication over long distances. A combination of choreography and drumming, taiko drumming is physically demanding and visually compelling. Kyo Daiko, Philadelphia’s only Japanese-style drumming crew, is a community-based group, formed by collaboration between the Settlement Music School and the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park.



    Samurai Arts Group

    12:00pm & 1:00pm
    Azaela Meadow

    The River of Life Martial Arts & Wellness Center will perform the ancient Japanese swordsmanship technique, Ken Jutsu.  Used by the samurai on the battlefield, Ken Jutsu is made up of a sophisticated method of personal combat and strategy that is adapted and applied today to find harmony in one’s life.  From these ancient lessons, the practitioner finds the ability to remain calm under pressure, to face one’s fears with strength, to have clarity in the midst of confusion and to surmount obstacles with grace.



    Origami Workshops for Kids

    1:00 & 1:30pm
    Upper Gallery, Widener Visitor Center

    Limited seating.Faye Goldman of the Greater Philadelphia Paper Pholders will teach children how to construct a bird using origami, the Japanese art of paper folding.



    Japanese Elements Tour

    2:00 - 3:00pm
    Tour begins in front of Widener Visitor Center

    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.


  • Cherry Walk

    10:15am & 12:15pm
    Meet at the Garden Railway

    Space is limited. Visitors are invited to discover and appreciate the variety of cherry species planted throughout the Arboretum. This 45 minute walk will be led by an Arboretum expert.



    Kimono Dressing Demonstration

    11:00am
    Upper Gallery, Widener Visitor Center

    Young and old alike will delight in the beautiful kimonos exhibited by Fumiyo Batta. As a "Cultural Ambassador" for the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, Mrs. Batta has given numerous classes and demonstrations, including seminars on the art of kimono, traditional Japanese attire, since the festival's inception in 1998, and has been considered a significant Japanese cultural asset in the Delaware county area for the past two decades. As an extensive collector of kimonos, she will talk about the history of the kimono and demonstrate how to wear them. Participation from the audience will be welcomed.



    Zen Archery Demonstration

    12:00pm
    Lawn across from Widener Visitor Center

    This archery demonstration enlightens visitors about the ancient Japanese art of archery, which was regarded as the highest discipline of the Samurai warrior. Now known as Kyudo, this exercise combines the qualities of heart and mind at the moment of the arrow’s release.



    Traditional Japanese Tea Demonstration

    1:00pm
    Azalea Meadow

    The picnic tea or Chabako is a beautiful and unique form of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Featuring traditional costumes and designed to be done outdoors, there are four distinct presentations, one for each of the seasons. Weather permitting, this demonstration will be outside.



    Japanese Elements Tour

    2:00 - 3:00pm
    Tour begins in front of Widener Visitor Center

    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.



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Weather Update:

The Arboretum is open as usual.
Please note that winter 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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