100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Phila.
Open all year, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. April through October: 10am-4pm weekdays, November through March: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. every day. Thursdays in June through early October, open until 8:30pm. Garden Railway: see website for dates. Free to members. Students, faculty and staff of the University of Pennsylvania are admitted free with a valid Penn Card. Nonmembers (effective 4/30/05): Adults $10.00; Seniors (65+) $8.00; Students (13-18 or with ID) $5.00; Children (3-12 ) $5.00; Children under three and members free. Admission includes free parking. Call 215-247-5777 X157 for more information on handicap assistance.
The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is not just acres of magnolias, roses, trees, local and historic flora, and sculpture, but also a full laboratory for botanic research by the university. As the official arboretum of Pennsylvania, it offers tours and classes. Though the Chestnut Hill terrain can be rugged in spots, the gardens are handicap accessible, and Morris provides free wheelchairs when requested. In the summer and fall, there is a large outdoor model train display, running through a landscape of miniature Philadelphia landmarks. Bruno’s restaurant is open daily 11-2:30 p.m. from April 30 through October 31, and longer hours in the summer. And, of course, there’s a gift shop, but there’s also an annual Spring Flower Sale every May, where rare plants from the Morris’s grounds may be purchased, with free advice and lectures from the arboretum’s horticulturists.