Morris Arboretum / Scarecrow Walk


The event was held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

The official Arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Morris Arboretum began in 1887 as Compton, the summer home of brother-and-sister John and Lydia Morris, whose father was a wealthy industrialist. The 92-acre grounds offer interesting architecture, large and small sculptures throughout the property, and of course trees galore which hopefully will be in full fall color. A photographic bonus for our visit is the annual October tradition of the Scarecrow Walk: this year’s theme is Famous Musicians. Artists and other participants create and place scarecrows ranging from fetching to fearsome along a tree-lined lane (image from the web)

Regular features include Out on a Limb (a walkway 50 feet up in the trees); the small-scale Garden Railway (this year’s theme is Great American Lighthouses); the small but intense Dorrance Hamilton Fernery; if still standing, the whimsical/creepy (in bright light/low light) Patrick Dougherty stickwork sculpture Loop de Loop in the Butcher Sculpture Garden; plus ponds, streams, wetlands, and a host of other surprising details.

Ample parking available near the entrance. An ADA-approved paved walking path winds through the property; walking off path can be challenging in selected areas.

The Morris Arboretum home page is here.

A downloadable map of the Arboretum is available here. 

Photographic guidelines for the visit are here (the extra charge for > 6 photographers will not apply per my explaining that we will not travel as a group within the venue). 

Admission to the Arboretum is $20 ($18 for 65 or older); students with ID pay $10. There are restroom facilities at the venue, and food is available at Compton’s Café near the entrance, which will be open from 10:00a-2:30p in October, serving salads, paninis, veggie burgers, etc.

Carpoolers will depart from the Exton Panera (151 East Swedesford Rd, Exton, PA) at 9:30 am. If you drive to Morris Arboretum directly use 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia, PA in your GPS. We’ll all meet up inside the venue entrance at 10 am. Please let Dean Grantham know ( cell: 484-888-8768) if you plan to go, and indicate whether or not you’ll be carpooling. 

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