Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Saint Francis

Creator: Madeleine Butcher (American, 1920 - 2004)
Material: bronze
Year: 1985
Gift of Madeleine K. Butcher

Saint Francis, the founder of the Franciscan order, was born in Assisi, Italy over eight hundred years ago. A humble and compassionate man, Francis regarded all living things as his brothers and sisters.

According to tradition, the gentle Francis once preached a sermon to the birds. In this bronze sculpture, Madeline Butcher shows the Saint's head tilting upward, as if to greet the winged inhabitants of the Morris Arboretum.

In 1980, Pope John Paul II proclaimed Saint Francis of Assisi the patron saint of ecologists.

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Alerts & Updates

Monday the Arboretum's driveway was repaved. Today it is still drying, parking is limited, but we are open!

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.