Fall Classes at Morris Arboretum Now In Session

This fall, get into the spirit of back-to-school and sign-up for a class at Morris Arboretum.  Now is the perfect time to expand your knowledge and feed your curiosity with courses in Horticulture, Trips (led by experts), Creative Expressions, and Botany, just to name a few.  With more than 75 classes available, you’re sure to find one, or two, that piques your interest.


  • Twilight Garden Stroll, September 13, 6:30 to 8:30pm

Take this rare opportunity for an evening visit to the Arboretum as twilight comes and passes into night. Arboretum Assistant Education Directors, Liza Hawley and Jan McFarlan, will lead the tour and point out some of the interesting and seldom visited locations in the lovely 92-acre garden.

  • Kids Click on Six Tuesdays starting September 13 from 4 to 5:30 pm

This six-week photography workshop, with previous students pictured here, offers kids 8-12 years old the opportunity to get out in nature, be creative, and have fun while capturing Morris Arboretum’s changing fall landscape.  Kids will learn the basics of lighting, color, texture, composition, and depth of field.  The last session will be an on screen presentation of each child’s body of work, assignments that they chose.

  • Birding at the Arboretum: The Wetlands and Bloomfield Farm, Tuesday, September 20, 8 to 11am

Beginning and experienced bird watchers are invited to visit the Arboretum’s natural areas for this morning adventure. The wetlands, meadows and woodlands along the Wissahickon Creek provide a great habitat for resident birds as well as migrating raptors, sparrows, and warblers.  The class will also have a chance to bird at Bloomfield Farm, an area not normally open to the public.

  • Containers for all Seasons, September 20, 10am to 12noon

Planting containers for the garden can be a seasonal activity, one that changes, develops, and enhances your landscape throughout the changing of the seasons. During this one-hour lecture, certified horticulturist Paul Orpello will discuss the keys for successful container planting in any season. Paul will cover proper siting, selection, and various themes for all conditions. After the lecture, Paul will demonstrate several different installations and styles of container gardening.

  • Illustrated Nature Journaling, September 28, 1 to 3pm

The illustrated nature journal is a work as unique and expressive as the individual who creates it. Whether it is crafted as a record of one’s experiences, a workbook of nature study, or for sheer creative joy, journaling can be a powerful tool as well as a rewarding hobby. Working within the beautiful setting of Morris Arboretum, discover the art of illustrated journaling. Materials will be provided, or bring your own.

For a complete list of courses, class times and costs, check the website, https://online.morrisarboretum.org/classes or call 215-247-5777, x125 for more information.

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. The arboretum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also the official arboretum of Pennsylvania. A 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.  Open weekdays 10am-4pm and weekends 10am-5pm (Apr-Oct).  Open late on Wednesdays in June, July, and August until 8pm.  For more information, visit www.morrisarboretum.org.

Photo Credit:  Arnold Winkler

Photo Caption:  This fall, get into the spirit of back-to-school and sign-up for a class at Morris Arboretum.  Kids Click-Kids Photography Workshop, with previous students pictured here, is just one of more than 75 courses offered this fall.  Check out the complete list of courses at https://online.morrisarboretum.org/classes.  You’re sure to find one, or two, that piques your interest!AW_7253 Photography Class-fall medium sized