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Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Photograph © Tie Guy II
The garden was started by John and Lydia Morris, wealthy Quaker eccentrics with the time and money to travel in Europe. They built a summer home on Chestnut Hill and laid out the garden in the Mixed Style. It is now managed as a garden and arboretum by the University of Pennsylvania and retains its European flavor. There is a Mercury Temple and a Fernery. The Rose Garden was created in 1888.

Morris Arboretum, University of Pennsylvania, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, PA 19118

All year. Daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. Open 10am to 4pm (5pm from April to October and 8:30pm on Thursdays June to August).

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  • almost 7 years by Minh 5 / 5

    Besides the fact that it is quite a long bike trip, let alone a walking trip, from the city, the arboretum is definitely a must see for anyone visiting Philadelphia. The arboretum runs themed-trains that chug along tracks surrounding replicas of some of the city's most beautiful architectures. The rose garden far out shadows the more famed Rose Garden on Pennsylvania Ave, and a surprise lurks around for people who have never seen a giant conglomerate of twigs. Check out my website for photo previews of what you'll see!
  • over 7 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    This lovely and historic garden is the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and has an outstanding collection of trees, including some of the oldest, rarest and largest in Philadelphia.
    Morris is more than a collection of trees, however. It has beautiful gardens, water features, walking trails, and a spectacular rose garden that also features a planted stone wall that is a must-see.
    Visitors also should not miss the whimsical Stumpery garden or the exquisite Victorian Fernery, which is the last freestanding Victorian fernery in America. This one was restored in the mid-90s, and is a little gem of a garden that is particularly appealing when it's cold outside.
    And, if you should be visiting the Philadelphia area in spring, check out the annual Morris plant sale on Mother's Day weekend. This sale offers a wonderful array of plants for sale, many rare or hard to find, including some great woodies.

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