aul W. Meyer, The F. Otto Haas Executive Director of the Morris Arboretum will retire from his position in spring 2019. This page captures memorable moments from Paul’s 43-year legacy. Enjoy photographs, interview excerpts, and an interactive timeline which highlight the many accomplishments from this extraordinary tenure. Be sure to register below to join us in bidding Paul farewell during a special public reception!
Please join us as we pay tribute to
Paul W. Meyer, The F. Otto Haas Executive Director,
upon his retirement from the Morris Arboretum.
A special program and reception will
take place to honor Paul's 43-year legacy
on Sunday, March 31, 2019, from 3:00-5:00pm
at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (Cherokee Campus):
8000 Cherokee Street
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Advance Registration is required.
Help to ensure that Paul’s lifetime of work on behalf
of the Arboretum can be sustained in perpetuity.
Consider making a donation to the Arboretum in honor of Paul.
If you prefer to register by phone, please call Oanh Whalen
in the Development Office at 215-247-5777 ext. 131.
1981 First plant collecting trip to China.
1985 Widener Education Center opened.
1986 New Arboretum entrance drive and parking opened.
1988 Step fountain restored.
1991 Paul Meyer appointed Arboretum Director.
1992 Oak Allée reconstructed and planted.
1994 Fernery restored.
1995 Log cabin restored.
Accessible pedestrian loop path completed.
F. Otto Haas Director’s Chair endowed.
1998 Garden Railroad opens – attendance doubles.
2000 Plants of Pennsylvania published.
2004 Endowed The Alice and J. Liddon Pennock Flower Walk opens.
Long Fountain restored.
Gayle E. Maloney Garden opens.
2007 Dick and Nancy Ryan entryway opens.
2009 Out on a Limb opens – Attendance exceeds 100,000 for the first time.
2010 Platinum LEED Horticulture Center opens.
2013 Widener Center entrance and Edith Dixon Terrace dedicated.
2014 Elizabeth McLean Mercury Loggia endowed.
2017 Philadelphia Trees published.
2018 Arthur Hoyt Scott Medal awarded.
What started as a single plant exploration trip by Paul and several colleagues has led to an international collaboration that may well protect and preserve our landscapes for years to come.
Paul Meyer's sabbatical at the University of Edinburgh was the inspiration for the staff development program he established and, with his wife Debbie, have endowed over the years.
Paul Meyer describes the genesis for the Arboretum's internship program, which now serves as a national model.
Paul Meyer reflects on the emergence of a new idea in the Arboretum's stewardship thinking. Rather than focus on deferred maintenance, why not focus instead of historic preservation.