In the coming New Year, expand your knowledge and discover the connections between people to our natural world!  Enjoy a winter lecture at Morris Arboretum designed take you on journeys into the world of the arts, humanities, sciences, exploration and sustainability.


 Meet Dr. Ari Novy, Executive Director, U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, February 1 at 2 pm for his talk, “The Critical Role of Plants in the Urban Landscape.”  In this lecture, Dr. Ari Novy will explore using ecology and agriculture to teach people about the importance of plants.  As more people around the world move into cities, fewer and fewer of them have regular contact with natural or agricultural landscapes. Yet, our success and survival as a society relies on our ability to effectively steward the open spaces in our cities as well as those that are often far away from our urban centers.  Learn more about what Dr. Ari Novy and the staff at the U.S. Botanic Garden have done to teach the public about the aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic, and ecological importance of plants to the well-being of humankind.

Lectures are supported in part by the Klein Lecture Endowment given in memory of Dr. William M. Klein who served from 1977-1990 as the Arboretum’s first full-time director, the Laura L. Barnes Lecture Endowment of The Philadelphia Foundation, given in memory of Laura Barnes by students and alumni of her school of horticulture, and the Byron Lukens Lecture Endowment, given in memory of educator and Arboretum volunteer, Byron Lukens and his wife Elizabeth.


Lectures will be held at Morris Arboretum’s Widener Visitor Center at 2pm.  A reception with refreshments will follow each talk.  The cost for each lecture is $15 for Arboretum members and $20 for non-members, which includes admission to the garden.  Advanced registration and payment are required.  To register, please visit or call 215-247-5777, ext. 125.

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is located at 100 East Northwestern Avenue in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia.  The 92-acre horticulture display garden features a spectacular collection of mature trees in a beautiful and colorful landscape. The Arboretum includes numerous picturesque spots such as a formal rose garden, historic water features, a swan pond, and the only remaining freestanding fernery in North America. A new permanent nationally award winning exhibit, Out on a Limb – a Tree Adventure Exhibit adds to Morris Arboretum’s allure by transporting visitors 50 feet up into the treetops on a canopy walk that requires no climbing.  The Morris Arboretum’s new Horticulture Center Complex has received Platinum Level LEED® Certification, the highest sustainability rating of the U.S. Green Building Council. For more information, visit