Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

University of Pennsylvania

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Sculptures

Heart Pod

Creator: Jim Lloyd (American, b. 1944)
Material: bronze and lead
Year: 1993
Gift of Johns Hopkins in memory of Phoebe V. Valentine

In nature, pods provide a protective container for new plant or animal life. The Philadelphia-based sculptor Jim Lloyd alludes to the shape of such organic housings in this bronze sculpture. These outer swells enfold a burgeoning core, which the artist likens to a heart.

The circular bottom of Heart Pod balances on one small point. To view its changing curves, you can either walk around it or gently rotate it for 360 degrees with your hand.

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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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