When visitors drive in the Arboretum front gate, the recently developed area on the right, across the stream, is the Arboretum's recent project in natural lands management and restoration. In the early 1900s John Morris installed drainage tiles in the meadows so he could better graze cattle. The recent restoration project has re-created the pre-existing wetland as a demonstration of best management practices for our floodplain.
Funded by state and federal agencies, local foundations and generous individuals, the area has been planted using suitable native plants. It has become a sanctuary for plants, wildlife and nature lovers.
The lower portion of the Rose Garden is closed due to renovations to the turf. The top gate is open to allow for visual access, just not foot traffic. We hope to reopen quickly.
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.