Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

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January 29, 2015 Susan Crane (215) 247-5777 x121

Witchhazel is your favorite at Morris Arboretum?

On Saturday, February 14, 1-3pm grab your family and head over to the 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 orange to 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 craft. This event is free with regular admission and registration is not required.

New this year – on the second Saturday of February and March (2/14, & 3/14) at 1pm, knowledgeable guides will lead visitors on tours throughout the garden, searching for witchhazels. Tours start from the Widener Visitor Center at 1pm and are free for members or with regular admission. Registration is not required.

Come and enjoy the witchhazels all month. The scavenger 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

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