Morris Arboretum

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Research

Botanical Consulting

The expert, professional staff of the Pennsylvania Flora Project is available as consultants to provide biological surveys, research, and other specialized services. We have conducted such work for municipalities, state agencies, and conservation organizations.

In 2007, the staff of the Botany Department completed the Montgomery County Natural Areas Inventory Update. The main purpose of this project was to identify sites that still harbor intact communities of native plants and animals. Work on the Natural Areas Inventory Update focused on 13 conservation landscapes throughout the county. The resulting 400-page report covered a total of almost 75,000 acres or 24% of the area of Montgomery County, and identified landscapes of several thousand acres each in which important ecological functions can be preserved or restored, and outlined management strategies needed to promote the continuation of those essential ecological functions.

The Botany Department has completed a Natural Areas Inventory Update for Bucks County. This project follows an original Natural Areas Inventory of the county completed by Drs. Rhoads and Block in 1999. The emphasis of the project focuses on the conservation of larger natural areas required to assure that critical ecological functions such as groundwater recharge, nutrient cycling, wildlife habitat, and oxygen production continue without disruption.

The Botany Department has also completed biological inventories for a number of Pennsylvania's State Parks, and created a new approach to state park resource management referred to as "Critical Resource Areas". Research efforts identified park areas where development should be limited and special efforts made to preserve intact ecological systems.

The Morris Arboretum is a unique institution with an unprecedented combination of botanical experience, technical expertise and access to field data. Today, the Botany department continues to carry out the mission first laid out by John and Lydia Morris of providing excellence in research, education, public service and stewardship.


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Alerts & Updates

The Arboretum’s paths are clear but due to icy conditions some features may be closed.

Advance Tickets Required for All Visitors (Including Members)

The Morris Arboretum is excited to be open! We have instituted new policies as required by the government of Pennsylvania in order to keep the public safe while visiting. Please review the policies below before your visit.

  • The City of Philadelphia mandates that all visitors age 2 and older wear face coverings.
  • If you feel sick, stay home.
  • The Visitor Center, the Shop, and Compton Café are temporarily closed, but picnicking will be permitted in certain areas.
  • 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.
Reserve Tickets

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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