Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

Notice: The garden will open late April 10 at 1:00pm


2014 Annual Plant Sale

Spring is here! After a long winter, it’s finally time to garden. As usual, the Morris Arboretum Plant Sale will have a fabulous selection to satisfy all your planting needs. Unusual annuals, new perennial cultivars, fabulous woody plants and heirloom roses will make this Plant Sale one you won’t want to miss!

Arboretum staff offer expertise you won’t find anywhere else. Professional horticulturists will be on hand throughout the sale to answer your questions and make recommendations for your home garden. Look for the folks in the red aprons!

Download the 2014 Plant Sale Catalog


Plant Sale Luncheon (Oak Members and above only)

THURSDAY, MAY 8 | 12:30 - 3:00pm

Oak level members ($500) and above are invited to a lunch with Paul Meyer, The F. Otto Haas Executive Director. Following lunch, they will have the first opportunity to make purchases from a wide variety of plants at this year’s sale. Advance registration is required, contact Kristen Casalenuovo at 215.247.5777 x418 or email kcasal@upenn.edu.

Plant Sale Preview (Chestnut Members and above only)

THURSDAY, MAY 8 | 5:30 - 7:30pm

Chestnut level members ($165) and above will enjoy a casual evening of shopping. Morris Arboretum experts will be on hand to help you choose the perfect plants for your garden. Light refreshments will be served. Wagons from home are welcomed and encouraged. Advance registration is required, contact Kristen Casalenuovo at 215.247.5777 x418 or email kcasal@upenn.edu.


Plant Sale Members Only Day

FRIDAY, MAY 9 | 10:00am - 7:00pm

Bring your membership card, wallet and wagons. Shop early for the best selection. All members save 10% on their entire Plant Sale purchase and choose a free dividend plant. Holly members ($250) and above receive two dividend plants and Katsura members ($2,500) receive a special plant chosen by the curator of the living collections.

Click here for a list of this year's dividend plant choices.


Plant Sale Public Sale

SATURDAY, MAY 10 | 10:00am - 3:00pm

Plant sale is open to all members of the public.

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2014 Dividend Plant Selections

This year’s dividend plants cover a wide range of plant types from trees to houseplants. We have been very fortunate to find a new supplier and have even snagged a plant we haven’t given away in years!

Polystichum polyblepharum (Japanese Tassel Fern)

One of the most prized garden ferns, it provides interest almost all year long. Newly emerging fronds are covered in scales and as they develop, the tips fold backward to make ‘tassels.’ Lustrous shiny green fronds add an elegant look to shaded gardens. This plant is resistant to deer and rabbits, likes part to full shade, and grows to a height and spread of 1.5-2' x 1.5-2'.

Syringa oblata var. dilatata ‘Cheyenne’ (Cheyenne Early Lilac)

This wonderful lilac blooms 7 to 10 days earlier than common lilacs and forms a symmetrical plant with pink buds that open to single, light blue flowers that are very fragrant! It is one of only a few lilacs that exhibit significant fall color, with broad oval leaves that turn burgundy or bronze in autumn. The size at 10 years is 10 feet tall by 6 feet wide.

Camellia sinensis (Tea of Commerce)

Did you know that most of the tea thatwe drink is derived from the camellia plant? This camellia is a beautiful evergreen shrub that blooms in the fall with fragrant, white 7 to 8-petaled flowers with yellow stamens. It will thrive in a variety of soils, prefers partial shade and grows to a height and spread of 4-6 x 4 -6 feet.

Ocimum basilicum (Columnar Basil)

We have been offering this basil for years now due to its popularity. It is very upright and doesn’t need to be staked. It has tender, small leaves and usually doesn’t flower. Makes wonderful pesto. Grab yours fast – it’s a Plant Sale favorite!

Connoisseur Plants

Once again, we are also excited to offer some very unusual “Surprise!” Dividends this year. Most of the plants were grown from wild-collected seed from collecting trips over the years. Some of them you have never heard of. Numbers of each species are very limited, so plants will go quickly. Come early for the best selection!

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