Morris Arboretum

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Moonlight and Roses Gala

Moonlight & Roses Gala

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2014 Moonlight & Roses Gala! It was a huge success and we look forward to 2015!

Save the Date for 2015

Next year’s gala will be held June 5, 2015.

How the event helps the Arboretum

Moonlight & Roses is the Morris Arboretum’s annual fundraising gala that raises money for the arboretum’s annual operations. Funds raised through this year’s event will support all aspects of Morris Arboretum and will ensure continued excellence in direct support of our mission.

History of Moonlight & Roses

What could be better than a magical night of dining and dancing under the stars, surrounded by the lush beauty of roses in bloom? As a longstanding Arboretum tradition, the Moonlight & Roses Gala, which always takes place in early June, is unsurpassed.

In 2011 we celebrated our 30th anniversary of Moonlight & Roses and 650 guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at in the glorious Morris Arboretum Rose Garden and 360 guests stayed for dinner under the moonlit tent.

The lively garden party we now know as Moonlight & Roses has had a colorful evolution. In the early 1970’s, it was dubbed the Spring Fling, and was held on the lawn behind Gates Hall. The late Jane O’Neill was instrumental in the success of the gala in those early days.

In the 1980’s, patrons and contributors donned their garden party attire for the event that was rechristened Moonlight & Roses. The evening traditionally begins with cocktails served in the Rose Garden, while dinner, served by a very professional catering staff, is held in a festive tent atop the hill near the Widener Visitor Center, music and dancing round out the evening of friendly conversation and gourmet dining.

Moonlight & Roses has always provided and intimate setting unique to Philadelphia charity events, and is enjoyed by a capacity crowd each year. While we always order perfect weather for this wonderful evening, not even a passing summer shower can dampen the warm enthusiasm of those in attendance, who simply bring umbrellas so they can still view our fabulous rose garden in full bloom. The Morris Arboretum's annual fundraising gala, Moonlight & Roses, has become a tradition among friends, families, and colleagues in the Delaware Valley.

Become a Corporate Sponsor

Morris Arboretum would be happy to provide you with more information on the Corporate sponsorship benefits of Moonlight & Roses and the many effective ways to tap into the loyalty and buying power of the over 2,000 households who receive the invitation each year, the 10,000 constituents who subscribe to the Morris Arboretum e-newsletter and the over 200,000 people that visit our website each year.

To become a corporate sponsor, please contact Kristen Casalenuovo at 215.247.5777 x418 or

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Weather Update:

The Arboretum is open as usual.
Please note that winter 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.