Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Travel with Morris Arboretum

Travel with Morris Arboretum

December 1st through December 8th, 2018

Panama ranks as one of the world’s top bird-watching sites, with more than 900 species of resident and migrant birds … more than the U.S. and Canada combined. Join the Morris Arboretum and Ruth Pfeffer for an incredible birding trip in a tropical paradise! Panama is a vibrant crossroads of the Americas. Discover its abundant birding and rich variety of mammals as we explore lush rainforest alongside the Panama Canal.

This well-paced tour stays mainly at one hotel, the delightful Gamboa Rainforest Lodge, adjacent to Soberanía National Park and the scenic Chagres River. Many of our outings are close to the lodge; on one day we drive to a mountain area for a different view. We plan afternoons for some free time to enjoy the pool and grounds, pursue photography, enjoy the amenities of the lodge, or to visit the lodge’s orchid facility, the reptile house, or the new sloth rescue facility. There are also kayaks for rent and trails to explore.

Please see the travel brochure below for the full itinerary and price. If you have any questions, please contact Jan McFarlan, at or (215) 247-5777, ext. 156.

For more information view the brochure.

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Gardens, Wine, and Wilderness
A Tour of New Zealand
January 11th through February 2nd, 2019

With Richard Lyon, R.L.A. and Paul W. Meyer, The F. Otto Haas Executive Director, Morris Arboretum

Imagine...the trip of a lifetime. Under balmy skies, you will visit some of nature’s most spectacular scenery, interspersed with wonderful examples of New Zealand culture showcasing its gardens, architecture, artistic creations, fine cuisine, and wine. Learn the history and culture of a land from those who love and care for it.

Imagine...a carefully designed itinerary developed with passion, just as a great piece of music or a celebrated garden. The concepts of sequence, contrast, surprise, rhythm, repetitions, theme, and variations apply equally to music, gardens, and travel.

For more information view the itinerary.

Trip Booking and Contact Information:
Contact Richard Lyon, Garden Adventures, Ltd.
Phone: (610) 637-8592

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Alerts & Updates

COVID-19 Response

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: 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

Annual Membership
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

Planned Events
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

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.

Center for Disease Control (CDC):
University of Pennsylvania’s dedicated Coronavirus 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.