Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

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Self-Guided Tours

Whether you are interested in a virtual visit, or want some direction during your day with us, we encourage you to explore the Arboretum via these tours. They highlight a range of areas, from art and architecture, to history, and our plant collection.

Introductory

Learn about the Arboretum’s history and be introduced to a selection of the plants and points of interest on our grounds. This 0.8 mile long route is wheelchair and stroller friendly.


Garden Highlights

This route explores most of the paved paths of the Arboretum, highlighting key trees, structures, fountains, and more along the way. Parts of the tour are hilly and depart from accessible paths. This tour is 1.25 miles long, some parts are hilly and depart from accessible paths.


Great Trees

Wander our grounds and get to know some of the finest specimens in our collection.
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Then and Now

Bring the Arboretum’s past to life with this tour that enables you to compare images from our archives with those of the current day, and provides audio context about key sites in the garden.


Garden Areas Tour

Garden Areas

Magnificent garden displays showcase the region's best horticultural practices and plant selections while also featuring fine examples of Victorian and Asian inspired landscape architecture.


Native Trees

Native trees are well suited to local growing conditions and support wildlife.
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Creative Expressions

Experience the gardens through the perspective of artists who have interpreted the grounds through musical composition, choreography, painting, and poetry.


Architecture

Built structures help tell the stories of how the site functioned historically as a farm and later as a private estate, and now as a public Arboretum.


Sculptures

Discover our many fine examples of public art which serve to complement the landscape and the plant collection.
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PDF Versions of Self Guided Tours

Guided Tours

Regularly Scheduled Tours

Every Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm • No reservations required.
Our knowledgeable guides will design a tour around the interests of the attendees. Every tour is different so come back as many times as you’d like.


Seasonally Scheduled Tours

These seasonal guided tours take the place of our regularly scheduled tours.

Hidden Gems at Morris Arboretum

SATURDAYS, APRIL 22, MAY 13 & 27, JUNE 10 & 24
11:00am
Free with garden admission.

Join knowledgeable guides for a new walking tour highlighting ‘Hidden Gems at the Morris Arboretum’. The tour is a combination of structures, sculptures, walkways, trees and vistas. See these garden gems that are off the beaten path or hidden to most visitors, plus a few that are “hidden” in plain view. Meet at Widener Terrace.


Hidden Gems


Verbal Description Tours
(For visitors who are blind or partially-sighted)

60 Minutes • Reservations required, please allow for 3 weeks notice. Contact Lisa Bailey at baileyl@upenn.edu.
Experience the Arboretum’s most beloved features with our Verbal Description Tour. Trained Guides will provide an enhanced experience for visitors who are blind or partially sighted, using vivid description and tactile opportunities that convey the magnificence of the largest and rarest trees at the Arboretum, the world class sculpture, and sweeping views.


Grist Mill Demonstration Days & Tours

2016 Mill Stone Grinding Demonstration Days:
Returning in Spring 2017.

No reservations required. Grist Mill Demonstrations are free. Donations appreciated. The grist mill is located directly across from the Arboretum’s main entrance on Northwestern Avenue.

Grist Mill Guided Tours Contact Lisa Bailey at baileyl@upenn.edu or 215.247.5777 x157 to schedule your tour.

The Springfield Mills at Morris Arboretum has been carefully restored and made operational once again by a dedicated group of volunteers. Come visit this 19th century mill and see how corn was milled for meal and flour.

Learn more about the Grist Mill »


Group Tours

Parties of 10 or more can arrange for special tours of the Arboretum with 3 weeks’ notice. Information about the opportunities available and about making reservations is available in the Plan Your Visit section.


School Groups & Field Trips

For information on student groups, field trips, or scout tours at Morris Arboretum please visit our Education section.

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Awakening the Senses

Enhance your Arboretum experience, either onsite or when planning a visit:

Arboretum Adventure, this family activity explores the grounds and shares plant science lessons along the way.

Collection Connection, search the Arboretum’s collection records to locate or learn about favorite plants.

Tours, choose from among a selection of guided pathways through the grounds.

Wi-Fi, connect with the Arboretum, or share photos on social media at hotspots located throughout the garden.


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Renovation of the George D. Widener Education & Visitor Center


Accessibility
Renovations began in January on the George D. Widener Education & Visitor Center. The project includes the expansion of the building’s main entrance, and the installation of automatic front doors that will comply with ADA standards for accessible design. The entrance will also be more stroller friendly, making it easier for families to navigate the building.

Visitor Center Plaza
In addition to the improvements being made to the building itself, the surrounding plaza will also be enlarged and enhanced.A new 30x30 area will provide a larger gathering space for tours, and will help reduce congestion on high visitation days. The larger terrace will also feature sitting walls and benches toprovide additional seating.

Membership Kiosk
The membership kiosk will be relocated within the plaza and will be expanded to enable staff to welcome visitors more efficiently. New plantings will be added. When finished, the area will provide a pleasant, relaxing space for visitors to gather and linger.

Closure and Visitor Access
The Shop at Morris Arboretum will remain closed until construction is completed toward the end of March. Visitors and those enrolled in classes may encounter inconveniences which we apologize for in advance. The Visitor Center remains open for programs (like classes) and conveniences. Look for signage indicating an alternative entrance.

Special Thanks
Morris Arboretum wishes to thank longtime Arboretum friend, Edith Dixon for making these enhancements possible. This attractive new area will allow the Arboretum to accommodate a broader audience and its improved functioning will enhance the experience of every visitor.

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Alerts & Updates

Please be advised that the Rose Garden is closed on Thursday mornings for maintenance.



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.

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