Come see our historic landscape.
Awbury Arboretum, located in Germantown in the Northwest section of Philadelphia, is a 55-acre property that includes walking trails, historic homes and an agricultural village. The property was once the year-round residence of the extended Cope and Haines families, beginning with merchant Thomas Pym Cope in 1849. The landscape reflects the English Picturesque Landscape style with extensive lawns and meadows, rolling hills, and open vistas framed by groves of trees and shrubs. It was specifically designed to look “natural” by several prominent landscape architects, including William Saunders. The property also includes a pond and watercourse area and a walled garden that is now referred to as the Secret Garden. The homes, other than the Francis R. Cope House, currently used as the Arboretum Headquarters, are privately owned and are not open for viewing.
Visitors are welcome to walk the property free of charge and can pick up a walking tour in the Arboretum Headquarters Monday – Friday from 9 to 5pm – or view a digital version here.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Arboretum can be visited but there is no access to the building.
The Arboretum also welcomes individuals and groups for guided tours. During weekdays, the Arboretum’s assistant landscape manager is available to give tours. On weekends, we can arrange for our landscape manager or a docent to lead a tour. Both options require advance notification.
Guided tours on weekdays: $5 person, up to 15 people (min. charge of $25)
Guided tours on weekends: $100 for up to 15 people
The tour can begin with a power point presentation on the history of the Cope family prior to the landscape tour. We can accommodate larger groups, pricing varies by the size of the group and the type of tour requested.