The Morris Arboretum


We’ve been having some fantastic early-fall weather for most of the past 2 weeks or so, if a bit on the warm side for October. Yesterday in fact was one of those days for which we occasionally have to dust off the word “glorious”.  The air was crisp and in the high 50’s for most of the day.  A brilliant blue sky was generously painted with puffy cumulous clouds that allowed ample sun to warm the body and soul and to bring out the still-rich green of the grass.  This in contrast to the many shades of the changing and falling leaves made for a great day to be outdoors in the countryside.


It was the perfect day for a visit to the Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill, PA, which is about 30 minutes from Le Chateau Working Stiff. We are members, having paid something like $75 for the year, so are able to come and go all year with no additional charge.  You can also pay a per-visit fee if you prefer, and it is certainly a good cause to support.


The Morris Arboretum of The University of Pennsylvania consists of 92 acres of landscaped gardens, lawns, and forested areas and is actually the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The gardens had their beginnings back in 1887 as Compton, the summer home of brother and sister John and Lydia Morris.  They worked to surround the home with a grand plant collection and complimentary landscapes.  Please look at the Morris Arboretum website for further information.

The gardens are easy to get to from Bethlehem Pike and Rt. 309 and parking is plentiful. You can easily spend a few hours strolling along the many paths or relaxing on one of the weathered teak benches tucked away here and there.  Yesterday we wandered around for about 90 minutes and felt like we had a good visit but were not worn out at all.  There is a fine gift shop, a café with some lunch and snack basics, and ample restrooms.  Pick up a map (included with your visit) and start wandering!

When we went yesterday there was a special exhibit of hand-made scarecrows all lined up in a corner of the park. The theme of the scarecrows was famous artists at work and/or some of the iconic works of those same artists.  They were very creative and very fun to see and I will gather pictures for a subsequent blog entry devoted to them!  (The Scarecrow Walk will be on display through October 25th.)


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