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. i happened to photograph those that i especially liked.
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