The Morris Arboretum Plant Clinic continues to operate through the current crisis to assist you with getting answers to your plant pest and disease questions, and with plant identification inquiries. Unfortunately, as the Arboretum is currently closed, you will not be able to drop off specimens for diagnosis. You can, however, fill out our Plant Clinic Form and attach it to an email with your questions to email@example.com.
To assist with diagnosis or identification, please attach good resolution photographs of the affected plant parts if the issue is disease- or pest-related. If the issue is plant identification, please attach photos of as many parts as are now evident, such as leaves, flowers, fruits, etc.
Plant identification questions are usually pretty easy for us to answer, but plant pest or disease questions may take a few days to resolve. We ask that you be patient. These are extraordinary times for all of us!
Diagnosis and response can take up to two weeks depending on the depth of the concern being handled.
The purpose of the Morris Arboretum Plant Clinic is to provide general information and advice about plants to the general public. This service is not intended to provide technical expertise to be used for legal or commercial purposes. The Morris Arboretum cannot endorse any third party or external agency unaffiliated with the University of Pennsylvania; please do not call to ask for recommendations for nurseries, arborists, products, etc.
In response to the unprecedented public health crisis related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), Morris Arboretum will close to the public as of March 14, 2020 until the University of Pennsylvania feels that is it safe to re-open. Learn more about the Univerisity's response on the University of Pennsylvania’s dedicated Coronavirus website: coronavirus.upenn.edu. Please know that this decision was made after careful deliberation and that our priority is to do all we can to ensure the safety and well being of our staff, volunteers, and visitors. Information pertaining to public health is rapidly evolving and, as such, it is not yet known when we will reopen. We will be vigilant in our efforts to keep our website up-to-date and we will communicate directly to members and class registrants via email with the latest details.
The following information is provided in anticipation of some of the questions you may have relative to the following categories:
Individuals who have registered for a class
It is our intention to provide a refund to individuals who have registered for a class that occurs during this temporary closure. We are working as quickly as possible to process your refunds in the manner in which you paid. If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate your patience at this time. We know that early spring is the most natural time to come out to the Arboretum for a walk in the gardens to enjoy the fresh air, but maintaining public health must be our priority. We look forward to seeing you in the gardens just as soon as we are reassured that it is safe for all of our visitors to return. We will keep you updated on any developments, but in the meantime, if you have any questions about your membership, please contact email@example.com.
Any individuals that have planned events will receive outreach directly from a staff member to discuss your options.
We will continue to update the community as soon as information is available and is consistent with the evolution of this dynamic situation. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate your understanding during these challenging times and we thank you for your support. Please stay connected with us through Facebook, Instagram, and our website.
Unfortunately, Out on a Limb will be closed on Wednesday, January 29th through Friday, January 31, 2020 due to scheduled maintenance.
The Garden Railway will not be operational from 2:00 PM Friday (July 19) through the weekend (July 20-21). The trains will open for normal operation on Monday, July 22nd. Our Train Master reported that the trains will not operate in the excessive heat, citing electrical, track and rolling stock failures.
The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.
Garden Railway trains are not running Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th due to inclement weather.
Please note: The Rose Garden is closed for maintenance every Thursday morning until noon.
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.