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“Beautiful laid-back garden experience”
Review of Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum
Ranked #33 of 462 things to do in Philadelphia
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Owner description: Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is a historic public garden and educational institution. It promotes an understanding of the relationship between plants, people and place through programs that integrate science, art and the humanities.
Reviewed May 30, 2014

We visited the Morris Arboretum for the first time last weekend, as a nearby alternative to Longwood Gardens. We really enjoyed our visit and the arboretum has a lot to offer. I will note, for any party which includes someone in a wheelchair - the parking lot, near the gift shop and cafe, is at the top of a hill, so your visit starts with a sharpish trot downhill into the gardens, and you spend the rest of your visit winding your way back uphill. If you are not in good shape, pushing a wheelchair through Morris Arboretum is a serious challenge. In general, they are not particularly accomodating to handicapped visitors, although the main paths are paved, and there is a bathroom for disabled visitors at the cafe. The shuttle bus from the lower parking lot didn't look feasible for the wheelchair, but we were lucky enough to get a space at the upper lot. Many of the gardens (rose garden, log cabin, fernery, among others) are not accessible. However, as noted, we did enjoy our visit, and there is still much to see. The Garden Railway is a real gem (no paved path, but accessible if you can push your wheelchair on the dirt path).

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Reviewed May 29, 2014

Morris Arboretum is a beautiful and unique garden with 12,000 labeled plants from around the world. That place is truly amazing with Out on a Limb forty feet bird-eye canopy walk, Garden Railway, and birdhouses collection. Great place for a family trip. Will definitely become a member and invite my friends to explore the arboretum.

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Reviewed May 28, 2014

As a member, I visit the arboretum in all seasons to enjoy the ever-changing plants and flowers. Visiting friends and family have all enjoyed their visits, from the walk out among the tree tops to the little bridges, the miniature railroad, and the amazing planting.

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Reviewed May 25, 2014

Meandering Morris Arboretum”

4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Magnificent manicured grounds mark off this former late 19th century estate on the outskirts of Philadelphia. There are thousands of plants carefully labeled along with fountains and gardens to take in on its 92 acres. There is a free map available at the visitor center to help traverse the paved paths that meander through its hills and meadows. Restrooms and water fountains are located throughout the arboretum because there is a lot of walking involved. Don't miss the Garden Railway with its miniature trains and world attraction models or their new Out On A Limb walkway if you're bringing children. Admission isn't cheap, but we did enjoy a beautiful horticultural day.
Our return visit and this review still holds true. This time we went on a holiday weekend and although there were many more people the grounds are large enough that we didn't feel crowded. There were new exhibits about the arboretum and in the Garden Railway. Bring a lunch, your family and enjoy the day.

Thank Barry S
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Reviewed May 24, 2014

i had the opportunity to tour a lovely arboretum this week just outside of Philadelphia. the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is a 166 acre historic public garden that began as a private estate in 1887. it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The garden is arranged in landscape plantings, where the plants are integrated into the overall garden design. the rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias were in full bloom during our visit. The American Holly Society recognizes this arboretum as the Official Holly Arboretum since 1948. I saw a Katsura tree that was planted in the 1900's. I saw a cedar of Lebanon tree from 1915.

There were also oaks, buckeye, beech, and redwood trees. Sculpture, garden features, a spring house, a rose garden, a swan pond, and so much more to see. there was a garden of working trains, a pump house, a log cabin, a tree adventure, a marble fountain, a rock wall garden, an English park, and even a wetland. it was lovely. i would recommend a visit if you happen to be in the Philadelphia area. we also admired the feature exhibit of birdhouses, created by many artists.

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