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.

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 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.

Visiting Awbury

Upcoming Events

2023 MLK Day of Service at Awbury Arboretum

January 16th, 9:30 am -12:30 pm 

MLK Day of Service participants will assist Awbury Arboretum staff with cutting
back invasive vines in the Adventure Woods section of the Arboretum.

Registration required

Grand Trees of Philadelphia

Sunday, January 22nd, 2023 at 2pm

2023 is the Year of Trees at Awbury Arboretum, and to start off the year, local tree expert and arborist Ken Leroy will help us get to know some of the Grand Trees of Philadelphia. Light refreshments will be served!

Interconnected Art Show & opening reception

Wednesday, January 4th, 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM

Interconnected reflects upon each artist’s relationship with the more-than-human world.

Some works are based on close observation of nature; others are inspired by natural forms and systems. Many incorporate foraged and natural materials. Through a variety of styles and media, Interconnected is a creative meditation on the web of life.

Community Planning Committee Meeting

January 4th at 6 pm 

Meeting via zoom 

We invite you to meet the new Executive Director of Awbury, discuss Awbury’s upcoming Farmers Market and more!

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.