Morris Arboretum Launches Collection Connection

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania has launched its Collection Connection website, part of its Awaken the Senses Initiative to develop a series of online and onsite interactive guides and resources is available to enrich the Arboretum visitor experience.

You can reach the Collection Connection page here.

Paul Meyer, Morris Arboretum Executive Director stated:

“As a former curator, perhaps my favorite tool is the “Collection Connection.” This tool gives access to the Arboretum’s plant accession records and electronic mapping system. For example, visitors who want to learn more about the Metasequoia (dawn redwood) can search with either the botanical or common name. A list of accessions will come up, along with a map showing where each accession is located. Photos are also posted that show botanical details or what the species looks like throughout different seasons.

Those with broader interests can search, for example, Acer (maple) and see what species are represented by the Arboretum’s 160 accessions, and where they can be found. This will be useful not only to casual visitors, but also to staff, volunteers, and researchers. This is the first time our plant collections database is so widely and easily accessible.”

Other tours are available too, online and in the garden from your mobile device.  From Architecture to Trees to Sculptures to Creative Expressions inspired by specific parts of the garden, it’s a new way to experience the Morris Arboretum. Try one on your next visit!

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.