AWBURY Arboretum

A Nature Sanctuary in the
Heart of Germantown

Tucked away in the historic Germantown neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia, Awbury Arboretum is a vibrant landscape with a rich history. Once the private enclave of an extended Quaker family, Awbury Arboretum has been open to the public free of charge as a public park and arboretum for over 100 years. Its 56-acre historic landscape now stands as a green oasis in a densely populated urban environment.

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. Click here to learn more about hours and admission.

Francis Cope House - Awbury Arboretum - Philadelphia, PA

The Francis Cope House

The Cope House is home to Awbury’s administrative offices, as well a social event venue, workshops, dinners, wellness classes, and other community programs.


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 at Awbury.

Wetlands at Awbury Arboretum | Philadelphia, PA

Pond & Meadows

Having undergone a complete restoration over the past three years, Awbury’s ponds reflect the plan of landscape architect Arthur Cowell and connect to the Wingohocking Creek to create a wetland habitat.

New Membership Benefits at Awbury

Visiting Awbury

Upcoming Events

Holiday Greens Sale

Sunday, December 4th 

Noon – 4 PM

Come make natural holiday wreaths, sit by the fire with friends and family, and sip hot chocolate! Buy pre-made wreaths, swags, and centerpieces, or buy greens by the piece and create your own.

Birding at Awbury Arboretum: Past and Present

Tuesday, December 13th, 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Join us at our final Year of Birds event of 2022. We’ll begin with a light supper and then Bill Reaume, Awbury’s resident birder, will share birding lists from Awbury’s archives and tell us a little about the 134 bird species observed this year at Awbury as well as some of his Awbury birding highlights.

The Beauty of the Birds

November 4th – December 23rd

The Cope House Galleries

We invite you to view the works of Ron Tarver, Bill Reume, Troy Bynum, Robert Fry, and Tom Kelly- in a special birding exhibition. This art show will showcase the beautiful photography of local birders.

Restorative Yoga and Soothing Sounds of Crystal Singing Bowls

Tuesday, December 6th

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Join Megan and Ariel at Francis Cope House for 90 minutes of relaxation. Megan will guide you through a restorative yoga class and Ariel will play crystal singing bowls and serenade you with a sound bath that will leave your body feeling relaxed yet rejuvenated.

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.


Maps Of Awbury Arboretum

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