Built in 1908, the Log Cabin was used by the Morrises to entertain friends. Lydia spent many hours on the porch contemplating the stream and woodlands. The building was cool in summer and provided the warmth of a fireplace in the winter. Log cabins were featured at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial and soon became popular in American estates. With its river-stone cobble chimney, this cabin was similar to the style often built in the Adirondacks – a vacation spot for the Morrises. Victorians saw log cabins as a symbol of civilization’s mastery over the wilderness. At the time, political candidates were considered more likeable if they lived in a log cabin. The Log Cabin was restored in the 1990s and remains an idyllic spot to enjoy the woodland plants in this area. Particularly interesting are spring bulbs and other ephemera and woody plants that include North American natives and their Asian counterparts.
Monday the Arboretum's driveway was repaved. Today it is still drying, parking is limited, but we are open!
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.