Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

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Japanese Overlook

Please Note: The Japanese Overlook Garden will be closed for renovations starting April 10, 2014.

Built in 1912, this area is a fine example of an English rock garden and a Japanese garden. John Morris, Frank Gould (who trained at Kew Gardens in England), and the Morris’ Japanese gardener, Mr. Muto, designed this garden. The mountain-like trail with zigzag paths, metal railing and numerous flowering plants are Victorian elements in the garden, The rock work is Japanese along with the Fudo stones, pine trees, moon lanterns and other symbols in stones, tree and water. Fudo means “immovable” in Japanese and is the name of a Buddhist deity. Today mature Japanese maples, conifers, and ericaceous (acid-loving plants) create a beautiful garden experience.

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Construction Notice:

Parking Lot Closed September 21, 22 and 23.

Morris Arboretum’s parking lot is being repaved 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 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.