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.