Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

University of Pennsylvania

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Sculptures

Sculptures

Cotswold Sheep

Creator: Charles Layland (American, b. 1928)
Material: cor-ten steel
Year: 1980
Gift of Philip and Muriel Berman

When viewed from a distance, these Cor-ten steel Cotswold sheep seem startlingly alive. They were fabricated at 125 percent of life-size, to avoid appearing diminished by the vast meadow. Historically, garden parks like the Arboretum sometimes included ornamental farms with livestock. Not only did sheep trim the lawn, but as picturesque counterpoints to the cultivated landscape, they provided a reference to an agricultural past.

Cotswold Sheep

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Alerts & Updates

Grist Mill Demonstration Day (Sunday, August 18th) has been cancelled due to excessive heat.

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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