Morris Arboretum Celebrates 40 Years of Moonlight & Roses


This year marks the 40th anniversary of Moonlight & Roses. Join in the virtual celebration at 7pm on Friday, June 4th.  The event will look back at 40 years of this iconic gala, take you behind the scenes with Arboretum horticulturists in the Rose Garden, and showcase the garden in full bloom. All virtual attendees will receive a curated gift bag that can be picked up at the Arboretum. Proceeds will support all areas of the Arboretum and ensure that the garden continues to be a resource for our community throughout the pandemic and beyond.

Because the 2020 gala was cancelled, the Arboretum is delighted that 2021 will celebrate the honorees named last year, Susan and Robert (Bob) Peck, longtime residents of Chestnut Hill, as well as an institutional honoree, TreePhilly, a program of the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy.

Chairing the 2021 Moonlight & Roses Planning Committee is Gabrielle Baugh, a Philadelphia native and a longtime member of the Moonlight and Roses committee, and Honorary Chair Lee Laden, who resides nearby at The Hill at Whitemarsh. Lee first became involved with the Arboretum more than three decades ago.

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Morris Arboretum is one of more than 30 Philadelphia gardens in America’s Garden Capital. This 92-acre horticultural display garden features a spectacular collection of mature trees in a beautiful and colorful landscape.  The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania offers educational programs for many audiences ranging from youth to professional and is a leader in botanical and horticultural research.  Morris Arboretum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  For more information, visit:

Photo caption: Morris Arboretum will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Moonlight & Roses virtually on Friday, June 4th at 7pm. The event will take visitors behind the scenes with Arboretum horticulturists in the Rose Garden and look back on 40 years of Moonlight & Roses magic. Tickets can be purchased at