Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

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Rental FAQs

May I bring my wedding party to Morris Arboretum for picture-taking?

As long as you have rented the arboretum for your wedding, you are welcome to shoot your wedding photos on the grounds.

May I hire any caterer of my choosing?

You must choose your caterer from a list of approved caterers that offer you a broad range of menu options, styles and pricing. We have carefully pre-screened our caterers to assure that they are thoroughly familiar with the Arboretum's facilities and policies, while offering you the highest quality of support and service. The preferred caterers can be contacted at the numbers below:

Birchtree Catering

Company's Coming

Feast Your Eyes

Jeffrey Miller

Joshua's Catering

How can I reserve a date at the Morris Arboretum?

In order to secure a date, you must sign a contract. At that time we ask for a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the rental fee. The Morris Arboretum does not hold dates without a contract. The final rental payment is due 90 days before your event.

May we serve alcohol?

Yes. The caterer's bartender must serve all alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverage service must not exceed four hours, and service must end one hour before the end of the party.

Besides caterers, does the Morris Arboretum require the use of specifc vendors?

Any florist, band, DJ, or officiant is welcome to service your event at the Arboretum. However, all vendors will be required to follow all Garden policies and procedures, including load-in and load-out procedures.

What is the maximum number of guests that can be accommodated for a sit-down reception?

175 is the maximum that can comfortably be seated in our tented reception area attached to the Widener Visitor Center carriage house. Within the Widener Visitor Center, the Upper Gallery can accommodate 65.

Can I hold my ceremony and/or reception in the Rose Garden?

Under certain circumstances and times of the year, the Rose Garden can be made available for a ceremony at an additional fee. Please inquire if you are interested.

Are the grounds and reception area wheelchair accessible?

Yes. Please visit our Accessibility page for additional information.

In the case of inclement weather, what happens to an outdoor wedding?

As a back-up, the Upper Gallery or the Side Tent of the Widener Visitor Center are alternatives, in the event of inclement weather. You can work with your caterer on a rain plan set-up. All approved caterers are prepared to make the switch quickly should the need arise.

Is there a parking fee for our guests?

We have ample, free parking.

Are there lodging options conveniently located nearby for my guests?

Yes, there are bed and breakfast accommodations and an inn in nearby Chestnut Hill, and hotels close by in the Ft. Washington and Plymouth Meeting areas of suburban Montgomery County. Below is a list of nearby accomodations:

Chestnut Hill Hotel
8229 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
Contact: (215) 242-5905

Double Tree Suites
Germantown Ave and Hickory Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA
Contact: (610) 834-8300

Spring Hill Suites
430 Plymouth Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA
Contact: Russell Banks
(484) 213-8687

Courtyard by Marriott
Germantown Pike and Hickory Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA
Contact: Russell Banks
(484) 213-8687

Hampton Inn
Chemical Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA
Contact: (610) 567-0900

Holiday Inn
Pennsylvania Ave and Bethlehem Pike
Fort Washington, PA
Contact: (215) 643-3000

Hilton Garden Inn
530 W. Pennsylvania Avenue
Fort Washington, PA
Contact: Amy Aldred
(215) 646-4637 x103

Hyatt Somerfield Suites
501 E. Germantown Pike
East Norriton, PA
Contact: (610) 313-9990 x601

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Rental Specials

Invite 400 Guests!
Saturday, June 4, 2016 use our big tent, which holds up to 400 people. It includes clear tops, stage, dance floor, and lighting. Available 6:00 - 11:00pm for $7,500. Available 6/4/16 only.

April Spring Special
For a limited time, receive 25% off of the rental fee for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday weddings in April 2016.

For more information about these specials or to book, contact:

Penn Sunday Special
Part of the Penn family? Come celebrate with us! We are happy to offer a 10% discount on rental fees for Sunday events to all those with a valid PennID (students, alumni, staff and faculty).

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Unusual, exclusive, memorable...

Morris Arboretum's Out on a Limb is a striking walkway that soars 50 feet above the ground providing your guests with a bird’s eye view of the forest, for a truly memorable event.

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Weather Update:

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.