FS-008: Morris Arboretum: Blending a Grand Historic Landscape with Sustainable Design Initiatives

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Explore the 166-acre Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, located in Chestnut Hill along Wissahickon Creek. You will experience the beauty of a grand historic estate, outstanding plant collections, Victorian fernery, unique structures/features (Out on a Limb tree canopy walk), and sustainable initiatives, including porous paving, green roofs, and geothermal wells.
Philadelphia, PA
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Historic Preservation
Health, Safety and Welfare
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1. Understanding of sustainable initiatives and practices employed by the Arboretum at Bloomfield Farm’s Horticultural Center- LEED Platinum building. Green strategies incorporate Best Management Practices and Exhibits to attract new audiences. 2. Understanding and appreciation of the Wissahickon Valley and how the public garden provides connections between the built and natural world in the most unique urban natural park of Eastern USA. 3. Understand the arboretum’s commitment to stewardship: Stormwater management BMPs demonstrated by a porous visitor parking lot, sensitive site development of the Out on a Limb – Tree Canopy Walk exhibit. 4. Understanding and appreciation of how a unique, nationally important collection of 13,000 trees and shrubs is integrated with one of the nation’s preeminent historic gardens representing late Victorian eclectic landscapes.
Barry W.. Jeffries, ASLA; Ed Landau, ASLA; Paul Meyer; Jacov Yaki. Miodovnik, ASLA; Carol L.. Franklin, FASLA
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