Destination PA: Morris Arboretum | pahomepage.com
(WHTM) – Nestled in Philadelphia’s quaint Chestnut Hill neighborhood is 92 acres of paradise. The Morris Arboretum is home to beautifully manicured hiking trails, lush gardens, colorful flowers and even wildlife.
“Watching the swans, watching the geese. It’s just a fun place you never really know what to expect and there are always flowers in bloom, always tall trees, everything is awesome and fun,” he said. said Education Director Bryan Thompson-Nowak.
You could spend the whole day getting lost in the grounds of the arboretum, but if you only have an hour or two to spare, these are the must-sees, like stopping to smell the roses in the rose garden of one acre.
“We have approximately over 700 individual plants and over 210 varieties of roses here,” said Erin Conley, rosary at the Morris Arboretum.
The best to see the roses is when they bloom in June and when they burst open in September.
Another highlight, especially if you’re bringing the whole family, is the Garden Railway with model trains and Philadelphia landmarks.
“It’s a huge hit with the kids,” Thompson-Nowak said. “There’s over a quarter mile of model trains on the tracks.”
Kids might also enjoy helping out some of the residents of the arboretum’s fairy grove.
“We have very secretive fairies who live here, they don’t come out when we are here during the day but at night they need houses to stay in so we ask our visitors to build little houses for them so they have a place to stay warm in winter and dry when it rains.
Another arboretum staple is Fern, a tropical paradise with a stream and farms.
Morris Arboretum is open year-round and there’s never a bad time to visit. In the spring they display spring bulbs and tulips, and in the fall the seasonal colors arrive with different displays.
“Almost every season has something happening here at the arboretum,” Conley said.