A Nature Sanctuary in the Heart of Germantown

Awbury Arboretum is a vibrant landscape with a rich history in historic Germantown neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia. Once the home of a prominent Quaker family, the Arboretum has been free and open to the public for over 100 years. The grounds feature planned gardens, historic buildings, AdventureWoods, and the Farm at Awbury.

Nature, history, and community intersect at Awbury, and the Awbury Arboretum Association is committed to stewarding the relationships between these three pillars of our mission, and continuing to tell its story.

Please take some time to explore the Arboretum online, and then come experience it in person. We know you’ll be glad you did.

The grounds of Awbury are free and open to the public every day, dawn to dusk.

Arboretum Features

Francis Cope House - Awbury Arboretum - Philadelphia, PA

The Francis Cope House

The Cope House is home to Awbury’s art gallery, programming, event space, and administrative offices.

AdventureWoods

AdventureWoods is a natural materials playground space located in Awbury’s Secret Garden.

The Farm at Awbury

From gardening to goat walks, festivals, workshops, cooperative farming, and much more, there’s always more to discover at The Farm.

Wetlands at Awbury Arboretum | Philadelphia, PA

Pond & Meadows

Awbury’s ponds reflect the plan of landscape architect Arthur Cowell and connect to the Wingohocking Creek, creating a wetland habitat.

What Is An Arboretum?

An arboretum is a type of botanical garden dedicated to the collection and study of “woody” plants (trees and shrubs). We like to tell the children who visit for our educational programs to think of an arboretum as a “tree museum.”

To be more specific, an arboretum is a place that has intentionally preserved specific trees and shrubs for educational and scientific purposes. At Awbury Arboretum, visitors are welcome to view and study the specimens in our plant collection at any time during open hours, free of charge. Awbury also provides educational classes and events for all ages with a mission to connect our community to the Arboretum’s landscape.

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Maps Of Awbury Arboretum

Support for Arts Programming and General Operations made possible
by a grant from the
Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

Support for Awbury Arboretum’s tree canopy renewal made possible by a grant from PECO Green Region