Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival

Two weekends of traditional Japanese cultural activities April 9th & 16th, 2016.

The history of the Morris Arboretum is rich with Japanese influences. Join us in April as we celebrate this history and experience the beauty of Morris Arboretum’s cherry tree collection in bloom. Both Saturdays will feature traditional Japanese cultural activities. All events are free with garden admission.


The Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival has been chosen as a Mommy Poppins Philadelphia GoList Pick for April!

Cherry Blossom Bloom Time: With the early spring this year, as Punxsutawney Phil predicted, many Yoshino cherries may be at the end of their bloom period during the celebration. However, the Arboretum’s vast cherry collection includes trees with varying bloom times, and their season can last up to three weeks. This should ensure that Arboretum visitors will enjoy flowering cherries during the festival. Morris Arboretum is generally about 8-10 days behind DC. To learn more about official bloom times, you can refer to the National Park Service’s website for DC: www.nps.gov/cherry/cherry-blossom-bloom.htm.

Follow the Festival: Can't make it to the festival? Follow along on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for photos of the magnificent blooms with our very own hastag, #cherriesatmorris

Take a Virtual Tour of Our Cherry Collection



Saturday April 9
Saturday April 16

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Alerts & Updates

The Holiday Garden Railway is not running today due to the rain.

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.

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