Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Hardy Fern Garden & Stumpery

Edward Cooke created the first sumpery at Biddulph Grange in Staffordshire, England, sometime around 1856. Cooker created his stumpery after being inspired by the rooteries created in previous years. Rooteries were piles of roots and soil in which plants were grown. Cooke took the idea of rooteries to the next level when he created a ten-foot wall of stumps, roots, and stems on either side of a path within the garden.

For our stumpery in the new Hardy Fern Garden we took uprooted tree stumps and used them to form a seated arbor along with a few free standing sculptural pieces. These stumps provide the perfect woodsy setting for the main feature in the garden, which is the hardy fern planting. The garden, which was planted Spring 2006, features over 30 different kinds of ferns that are hardy in the Delaware Valley Region.

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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.