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Scarecrows October at Morris Arboretum

Join us this month for our 13th Annual Scarecrow Walk, Halloween nighttime events, fall colors, online classes, and more!
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13th Annual Scarecrow Walk
Discover a Fairy Tale themed scarecrow around every bend throughout the garden from October 3 through November 1. More than 50 scarecrows on display!

Halloween Nighttime events

New this year! Morris Arboretum has more ways to celebrate Halloween beyond its month-long Scarecrow Walk. Learn more at

Garden Railway

There are only two more weekends to catch the Garden Railway (until it returns for the holidays). Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, closing on Columbus Day (Monday, October 11th).

Advance tickets are required for all visits.

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Check out Virtual Classes offered this month

The Past Preserved: An Exploration of Plants and Archaeology From the Garden to the Laboratory: Philadelphia’s Botanical Past
Friday, October 9 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
This class will provide participants with a behind-the-scenes look into the Penn Museum’s Archaeobotany Lab where 200-year-old plant evidence from historical Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia is currently being analyzed. With Chantel White. Register now.
Fruits to Nuts: Collecting, Cleaning and Sowing Your Own Seeds
Wednesday, October 14 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am
This workshop, led by Morris Arboretum Executive Director Bill Cullina, will cover the basics of seed collection and cleaning followed by seed sowing and overcoming dormancy, and a live-streamed demonstration using representative trees, shrubs, and perennials. Register now.
Shrubs & Hedges: Important Additions to Your Landscape
Tuesday, October 20 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pmShrubs are important plants that provide color, shape, and a dramatic line in your garden. In addition, they can be low maintenance and help with stormwater and erosion control. With Eva Monheim. Register now.
Getting to Know the Delaware Botanic Gardens
Wednesday, October 21 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
One of America’s newest gardens is nestled inland of the Atlantic coast on the banks of Pepper Creek in Dagsboro, DE. Learn about the history and vision for this new garden as well as all the unique plants and gardens you will only see at the Delaware Botanic Gardens. With Dr. Brian Trader, Deputy Executive Director and Director of Horticulture. Register now.
Lift Every Voice!
Friday, October 23 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pmBlack Americans have always been trailblazers, leaders, and visionaries in the world of horticulture. Join in as we celebrate the incredible career paths they have taken. With Abra Lee, owner of Conquer the SoilRegister now.
Courses for Tree Care Professionals

Tree Canopy Series: Building Environmental Resilience
Tree Equity: Focusing Urban Forestry for Climate Action, Climate Justice and Economic Recovery
Thursday, October 15 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
This is the first in our Tree Canopy Series. Trees and forests in cities have never been more important in our perfect storm of COVID-19, climate change, and searing social and racial inequities. But a map of tree canopy in any city is also a map of income and race, denying the healing benefits of trees to many neighborhoods. That’s why maximizing the power of trees to address these issues must use the right strategic lens: Tree Equity. Register now.

Maintaining and Enhancing Tree Health
Two Wednesdays, October 21 & 28 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This two-session, online class is for tree care professionals and interested homeowners/property managers looking to expand their knowledge about the biological and structural components of trees and how these components interact with each other and their surroundings. We will present various techniques to increase the tree’s lifespan and preserve their natural beauty and landscape functionality. Register now.

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