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.
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.