Over a hundred years ago, the horticulturists and civic leaders John T. Morris and his sister Lydia T. Morris established a garden and summer home here. To ensure that future generations would have access to the site and its botanical treasures, they willed these 166 acres to establish a public Arboretum. In 1981, Philip and Muriel Berman commissioned sculptor Michael Price to create posthumous portraits of its founders. Price first researched historical photos to determine the Morris's appearances. Next he created their likenesses in full-size clay figures. To create these bronze statues, he used the classic lost-wax process of metal casting.
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.
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.