A romantic Victorian landscape garden
New Permanent Exhibit
Click here to discover Out on a Limb, the new Tree Adventure exhibit at the Morris Arboretum.
Stroll through the classical English landscape structures and sculpture gardens at Morris Arboretum, a 92-acre Victorian arboretum in the Northwestern corner of Philadelphia.
Watch for birds as you enjoy the elegant beauty of the 19th-century grounds, complete with a formal rose garden, majestic old trees and unusual plants from North America, Asia, Africa and Europe.
Kids love the garden railway, which trundles through a miniature landscape, and delight in the hidden tunnel underneath the Mercury loggia. On some summer evenings, adults can bring a blanket and a picnic, pick a lush spot on the lawn and enjoy a soothing evening of live jazz.
The Arboretum is a beautiful place for adults and children alike — and it’s especially beautiful when the buds of Spring begin to bloom.
Click here to view a full list of Springtime events including workshops and outdoor dinner parties.
In 1887, siblings John and Lydia Morris built Compton, their summer home. Over barren hillsides, they created a splendid landscape devoted to Victorian ideals of beauty and knowledge, and featured plants collected on their extensive travels. When the University of Pennsylvania acquired the property in 1932, it became the Morris Arboretum. Today, it’s the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is an interdisciplinary center that integrates art, science and the humanities. Thousands of rare and lovely woody plants, including many of Philadelphia’s oldest, rarest and largest trees, are set in a romantic 92-acre, Victorian landscape garden of winding paths, streams, flowers and special interest gardens.
The Mother’s Day weekend plant sale featuring rare plants, scarecrow making and apple carving in the fall, and, from April to October and during the Christmas season, the Garden Railway’s model trains trundle through a miniature landscape made from natural plant materials.
In the cold winter months, duck into the charming little Fernery, a period glass greenhouse beloved by Victorians, for a warming glimpse of lush, green growth. The Rose Garden peaks in June.
Support Morris Arboretum
The Arboretum could not accomplish all that it does without the help of its members and volunteers, both of whom play an integral role in the organization. Membership to the Arboretum is a great way to enjoy the serenity and beauty of the garden as many times as you wish, while supporting an institution dedicated to preserving and improving our environment. There are also several volunteer oportunities.
Youngsters love to visit Ariel and Titania, the pair of resident Royal Swans at the pond, hunt for the dinosaur in the Fernery and visit the creek-side log cabin.
A treasured site for horticulturists, the Morris Arboretum now includes an excellent collection of outdoor sculpture, including works by such well-known artists as George Rickey, Scott Burton, George Sugarman and Richard Torchia.
100 Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118
In the neighborhood
Museums & Attractions
Restaurants & Dining