Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Saint Francis

Creator: Madeleine Butcher (American, 1920 - 2004)
Material: bronze
Year: 1985
Gift of Madeleine K. Butcher

Saint Francis, the founder of the Franciscan order, was born in Assisi, Italy over eight hundred years ago. A humble and compassionate man, Francis regarded all living things as his brothers and sisters.

According to tradition, the gentle Francis once preached a sermon to the birds. In this bronze sculpture, Madeline Butcher shows the Saint's head tilting upward, as if to greet the winged inhabitants of the Morris Arboretum.

In 1980, Pope John Paul II proclaimed Saint Francis of Assisi the patron saint of ecologists.

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Alerts & Updates

As part of our commitment to historic preservation, the beloved Log Cabin flooring is being replaced this week, and the Log Cabin will be closed from Wednesday, October 3 - Friday, October 5.

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.