Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day at Morris Arboretum

I finally made it to the Morris Arboretum in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. It is a beautiful set of gardens and meadows. The azaleas, dogwoods, viburnum, and alium were really colorful today. Wild roses were just beginning to pop...the official rose garden is probably a month off. It was breezy but not cold. Hazy but still sunny. It was lovely walk.

According to the official website (

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania began in 1887 as "Compton," the summer home of John and Lydia Morris, brother and sister. The I.P. Morris Company, an iron-manufacturing firm founded by their father and later run by John Morris, was a source of family wealth.

Through the stewardship and vision of the Quaker family, Compton became the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania in 1932. Listed on The National Register of Historic Places, it is an interdisciplinary resource center for the University, and is recognized as the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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