The Arboretum's streamsides are home to many creatures, including the aquatic bullfrog. Lorraine Vail's sculpted bullfrog is unmoved by our presence as he surveys the world through narrowed eyelids. The artist skillfully captured both his likeness and distinctive personality, as if he had sat for his portrait. Vail rendered him in a gigantic scale, "to give the viewer a 'small' feeling in the environment," After sculpting the form in clay, and creating a plaster mold, the sculptor made this unique cast from polyester resin, fiberglass, and bronze grindings.
The lower portion of the Rose Garden will be closed due to renovations to the turf after a long, hot, dry summer with record attendance. The top gate will be open to allow for visual access, just not foot traffic. While we will hope to reopen quickly, some variables are unpredictable. We look forward to welcoming visitors back on our newly restored Rose Garden turf soon.
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.