Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Internship Program at Morris Arboretum

Internship Program at Morris Arboretum

Plant Propagation


The Plant Propagation Internship covers the whole range of traditional plant propagation skills and production schemes. The intern receives hands-on training in field nursery management, management of the Arboretum's state-of-the art greenhouses, and maintenance of the Victorian Fernery. Emphasis is placed on the refinement of skills and developing the protocols for the propagation of a wide range of plants, with a concentration on woody plants.

Emily Conn

Emily Conn
2019-20 The Martha J. Wallace Endowed Plant Propagation Intern

Duties and Responsibilities


Work Environment

A typical day begins with checking environmental data reports on the computer, watering in the glasshouses and outdoor areas, and preparing for the volunteers. The propagation and management calendars are consulted for scheduled activities. As the calendar progresses, these can range from covering outside hoop houses with plastic for the winter, grafting witchhazels, planting in the nursery, taking holly cuttings, weeding pots, researching protocol for the seed propagation of newly wild-collected seed, or releasing beneficial insects as part of the IPM program.

Past Project Topics

Click here to read the 2011-2012 Propagation Intern Report.
Click here to read the 2010-2011 Propagation Intern Report.

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Alerts & Updates

Advance Tickets Required for All Visitors (Including Members)

The Morris Arboretum is excited to announce that is reopening to the public on Thursday, June 18th. Members may reserve tickets starting Monday, June 15th with non-member tickets available Wednesday, June 17th. Please know that we are working to keep you as safe as we possibly can.

  • The City of Philadelphia mandates that all visitors age 2 and older wear face coverings.
  • If you feel sick, stay home.
  • One-way circulation on paths to facilitate social distancing.
  • The Visitor Center, the Shop, and Compton Cafe are temporarily closed, but picnicking will be permitted in certain areas.
  • The Garden Railway, Out on a Limb, the Fernery and the Log Cabin are temporarily closed.
  • Restrooms are open and sanitized regularly.
  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout the Arboretum.
  • Bring your own water and snacks.
  • Guest passes, Library passes, and RAP reciprocal admissions are not accepted at this time.

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.