Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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2015 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!

View the 2015 Plant Sale Catalog

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BYOW: Bring Your Own Wagon!

Wagons at the Plant Sale are in limited supply. If you have a wagon or cart, you should bring it to the plant sale for your own usage. There are lots of great things to load up your wagon!

Plant Sale Luncheon (Oak Members and above only)

THURSDAY, MAY 7 | 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 Chelsea Melvin at 215.247.5777 x155 or email

Plant Sale Preview (Chestnut Members and above only)

THURSDAY, MAY 7 | 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 Chelsea Melvin at 215.247.5777 x155 or email

Plant Sale Members Only Day

FRIDAY, MAY 8 | 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 9 | 10:00am - 3:00pm

Plant sale is open to all members of the public.

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2015 Dividend Plant Selections

This year we are offering a great plant for your garden, plus many surprises from our surplus of native and exotic plants from wild-collected seed. Our featured dividend plant this year is:

Ruby Spice summersweet clethra - Clethra alnifolia ‘Ruby Spice’

Ruby Spice clethra is the darkest red of all the clethra varieties. The sweetly fragrant, bottle-brush flowers appear in late summer, attracting butterflies, bees and other insects, and in autumn the handsome, glossy green foliage turns butter yellow and rich brown. The seed capsules form an interesting display for the winter. 1998 Gold Medal Plant Award by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Clethra alnifolia is native to eastern North America and is an excellent choice for use in a mixed border.

This deciduous plant prefers full sun to part shade, is very easy to grow, and tolerates a wide range of conditions. It will mature to 4 feet wide x 4-6 feet tall.

Surprise Dividends

As always, plant connoisseurs eagerly anticipate the plant sale every year to pick among the rare and unusual plants that we offer that are surplus from the greenhouse inventory. To whet your appetite, among other items, we will have common spicebush (Lindera benzoin), and an Asian jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema consanguineum). Please keep in mind that supplies of these are very limited so that when they’re gone, they’re gone. Come early to the members’ preview for the best selection.


Weather Alerts

Some trails and paths may be closed seasonally for safety or maintenance. Please observe protective barriers or posted notices. Click here for hours.

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.