Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Paul Meyer

With cases of cabin fever likely spiking off the charts after this year’s record-breaking, frigid winter, early spring is an ideal time to appreciate the fresh air and scenic flora offered by Penn’s Morris Arboretum.

Spanning across 92 acres of the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, the Arboretum is home to some of the most breathtaking views of plants, trees, and wildlife in the city. Still, it boasts more than its signature scenery; the Arboretum is also a hub for education, research, outreach, and of course, horticultural display.

The Current takes a look at the Arboretum’s many moving—and often beautiful—parts in this month’s edition of By The Numbers.


Average height in feet of the trees in the Dawn Redwood Grove.


Age Arboretum founder John Morris would be today. What’s now known as the Morris Arboretum was founded in 1887 as Compton, the summer home of John Morris and his sister, Lydia Morris.


Number of accessioned plants at the Arboretum, including maples, magnolia species, roses, hollies, and conifers.


Number of people who visited the Arboretum in 2013.


Number of wild-collected plants at the Arboretum, which are the result of more than 20 plant exploration expeditions since the late 1970s.


Number of active Arboretum members, who receive free, unlimited admission for the year, discounts at the Shop and Compton Café, complimentary guest passes, and more.


Number of hours clocked by volunteers at the Arboretum, benefiting numerous conservation, restoration, and community outreach projects.

Originally published on March 13, 2014