This rustic summerhouse was built in 1899 by Pringle Borthwick, who did all the fine stonework at Compton. The name comes from the orange terracotta banisters and railings that bordered the summerhouse. Its perch on a hillside offered sweeping views across the estate and neighboring pastures and hills. In the early 1900s this garden area was described as an Italian Villa Garden. Balustrade, terrace, and hillside gardens are all prominent features in Italian Renaissance landscapes, as are Etruscan urns and fountains. Extensive flower beds and shrubs lined the paths from the Orange Balustrade to another formal rose garden once located near the Swan Pond.
Parking Lot Closed July 27 - 31, 2015. Garden Open.
Morris Arboretum’s parking lot is being repaved the week of July 27, 2015. Our parking lot is a demonstration lot for its sustainability. Installed 25 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 the week of July 27, 2015. 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.
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.