Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

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Log Cabin

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.

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Construction Notice:

Parking Lot Closed Thursday, August 27 (Rain Date Friday, August 28), September 21, 22 and 23.

Morris Arboretum’s parking lot is being repaved Thursday, August 27 (rain date Friday, August 28), September 21, 22 and 23. Our parking lot is a demonstration lot for its sustainability. Installed 25 years ago as one of the first of its kind, the parking lot has filtered into the earth about 31,863,304 gallons of precipitation from the Wissahickon watershed. But the time has come for it to be renewed.

The entire parking lot will be closed Thursday, August 27 (rain date Friday, August 28), September 21, 22 and 23. Auxiliary parking will be available at the bottom of the hill (near the kiosk) and shuttle service will be provided to the top of the hill. ADA access will be limited. No buses will be permitted beyond the kiosk.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are committed to keeping our parking lot sustainable and our visitors safe. Thanks for your patience.

The Arboretum is open as usual. 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.