Witchhazel is your favorite at Morris Arboretum?

On Saturday, February 25, 1-3pm grab your family and head over to Morris Arboretum for a day of outdoor fun and garden exploration.  Follow the prepared scavenger hunt map to discover more than 70 varieties of colorful and fragrant witchhazels growing at the Morris Arboretum. Ranging in color from yellow and orangeto pink and red, witchhazels are some of the first harbingers of spring, and the Arboretum’s witchhazel collection is unparalleled in the area. The scavenger hunt invites visitors to compare the different varieties’ beautiful flowers and take in their heady scent. After the hunt, visitors can stop back at the Visitor Center to make a fun witchhazel craft and to enjoy a sample of freshly cut witchhazels. An Arboretum expert will be available in the Upper Gallery from 1-3pm to answer questions on the variety and cultivation of witchhazels. This event is free with regular admission and registration is not required.


Back by popular demand – Winter Witchhazel Tours!  On two Saturdays,February 18 and 25 at 2pm, knowledgeable guides will lead visitors on tours throughout the garden, searching for witchhazels.  Tours start from the Widener Visitor Center and are free for members or with regular admission.  Registration is not required.

Come and enjoy the witchhazels all month.  Thescavenger hunt map will be distributed at the Visitor’s Center every day in February and is also available to download from the website from the witchhazel page.

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 permanent nationally award winning exhibit, Out on a Limb – a Tree Adventure adds to Morris Arboretum’s allure by transporting visitors 50 feet up into the treetops on a canopy walk that requires no climbing.  Open weekdays 10am-4pm and weekends 10am-5pm.  Open late on Wednesdays in June, July, and August until 8:00pm.  For more information, visit morrisarboretum.org.

Photo Credit:  Marie Ingegneri

Photo Caption:  At Morris Arboretum, witchhazels’ spicy, sweet fragrance is irresistible to Jack, Ellie & Addie O’Malley.  Enjoy a winter day in the garden with your family at the “Witchhazel is your favorite at Morris Arboretum?” event on February 25, 1-3pm.  Delight in these colorful harbingers of spring during the event and all month long!  For more information, visit morrisarboretum.org.