Morris Arboretum

PGMS Philadelphia Branch Visits Morris Arboretum

Twenty-five members of the Philadelphia Branch of PGMS were treated to a behind the scenes look at Morris Arboretum this October. Morris Arboretum Education Coordinator, Jan McFarlan, described the scope of the arboretum’s programs and highlighted the educational programs Morris offers to professionals in the Green Industry. Scott Guiser, Sr. Extension Educator from Penn State, provided an update on seasonal pests. After lunch, we toured the arboretum grounds, lead by Jason Lubar, Directory of Urban Forestry, Louise Clarke, Horticulturist and Tony Aiello, Director of Horticulture.

A highlight of the tour was being “Out on a Limb.” This feature of the arboretum allows visitors to walk among the tree tops more than 50 feet above ground and get a tree-top view of the world. It was quite windy that day and we were amazed to see the trunk movement of a 250 year old oak from that height. Other highlights included the Dawn Redwood Grove, which has some of the first Redwood plantings in the U.S., established in the late 1940′s.
Thanks to Kevin O’Donnell, Grounds Superintendent from Villanova University and past PGMS President, for arranging this excellent event. Morris Arboretum should be on every grounds managers “to do” list. To get more information about the arboretum and their educational programs go to: morrisarboretum.org. Jan McFarlan can be reached at 215-247-5777 ext 156.