Morris Arboretum

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Planned Giving

Planned Giving

In her will, Lydia Thompson Morris donated her estate, Compton, to the University of Pennsylvania and provided an endowment for the newly-created Morris Arboretum. Since it first opened to the public in 1933, generations of Arboretum members and visitors have continued to benefit from Lydia’s legacy.

Planned gifts enable donors to make significant gifts to the Morris Arboretum in ways that complement their personal financial planning. Such gifts provide for endowments and internships, for new or renovated landscapes and gardens, and for new programs critical to the Arboretum’s mission of education, outreach, research and horticultural display. Properly constructed gifts can help donors reduce or eliminate capital gains or estate taxes, obtain significant income tax deductions and provide annual income.


Bequests

Bequests or gifts made by will are one of the Arboretum’s most important sources of individual support. Bequests can be made in the form of a specific gift of cash, securities or other property, or a percentage of the remainder of an estate. Retirement assets or life insurance may be included in a bequest.


Life Income Gifts

These planned gifts may generate immediate tax deductions and may also provide lifelong income to the donor while naming the Morris Arboretum as the eventual beneficiary of the gift. From the simplest form of gift annuity to the more complex forms of charitable trusts, planned gifts can be of help in providing for individual needs and for the future of the Morris Arboretum.


The Lydia Morris Legacy Society

Once you have informed the Morris Arboretum in writing of your intention to remember the Arboretum with a bequest or a planned gift, you are invited to become a member of the Lydia Morris Legacy Society. You will be invited to special Arboretum events held for donors; your planned gift will be acknowledged in the Annual Report.


For more information please contact:
Mira Zergani, Director of Development at mzergani@upenn.edu.


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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.

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