Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum is closed today, September 2nd, due to flooding.

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Scarecrow Walk with Morris Arboretum

14th Annual Scarecrow Design Contest and Walk


October 2nd through October 31st, 2021

Morris Arboretum’s Scarecrow Design Contest is back for its 14th year, and in recognition of those who show courage and care when faced with fright, this year's theme is Heroes! Design a scarecrow in honor of a beloved superhero character, an essential worker, or your best friend—heroes come in all forms, so use your imagination to recreate your favorite as a scarecrow for display at the Arboretum this fall!

Scarecrows will be on display throughout the Arboretum from October 2 through October 31. Visitors will vote for their favorite scarecrow online to determine the winners.  The top three scarecrows win a cash prize - top prize is $250. Sign up today.  Registration deadline is September 23rd.

September 18 through September 26.
Pick up your scarecrow frame, straw, burlap and twine at the Arboretum’s front gate during public hours.


September 28 through September 30.

Drop off your completed scarecrow at the Bloomfield Farm, the entrance to which is directly across from the entrance to the Arboretum.


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Alerts & Updates

Advance tickets are not required to visit but are strongly encourage for first time visitors.

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.

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.