Morris Arboretum Horticulture Center Dedication

Penn's Morris Arboretum recently dedicated its new $13 million Horticulture Center at Bloomfield Farm on October 5, 2010 with Penn President Amy Gutmann, Penn Board of Trustees Chair David L. Cohen, Philanthropist Dorrance Hamilton, Advisory Board Chair Ann Reed, and Arboretum Director Paul Meyer attending the rainy day ceremony.

"For an outstanding example of what can be achieved when respect for nature, love of education, and dedication to the future are combined, one can do no better than to visit the Morris Arboretum," said President Gutmann in her remarks.

The Horticulture Center Complex is the first new building to be constructed on the property since the founding of the Morris Arboretum in the early 1900s, and was designed to receive Platinum LEED certification, the highest possible. If obtained, the complex would become Penn's first Platinum-certified structure.

Environmentally friendly design features at the new Horticulture Center include an efficient ground-source heat pump that will provide heat and air-conditioning for the building, photovoltaic panels that will provide on-site generation of renewable energy and other sustainable elements, including geothermal wells to help keep office temperatures comfortable, green roofs that showcase drought-tolerant plants and cisterns that catch rainwater and make it available to be used to irrigate the landscape. Learn more about the new building at

Photos Courtesy of Morris Arboretum