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

Currently undergoing an exciting restoration, Awbury’s wetlands reflect the plan of landscape architect Arthur Cowell and connects to the Wingohocking Creek.
Visiting Awbury

Upcoming Events

MLK Day of Service in the Awbury Landscape

Monday, Jan 17th,
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Help the landscape crew at Awbury Arboretum battle the weeds during this year’s MLK Day of Service.

Ornitherapy: Birds, Wellness, and You

Saturday, Jan 29th, 2 PM

Learn from professional birding instructor Holly Merker how to use the observation of birds to embark in a healthier lifestyle.


Herbal Aid Ed

Sign up now for this 9-month course, which will meet April – December 2022.  Celebrate herbal community wisdom through growing and producing plant medicines to serve collective care.


Wild Wisdom

Sign up now for this 9-month course, which will meet March – November 2022 – a unique outdoor & online series covering ethical wild food foraging, medicine-making, and craft!

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

New signage made possible by a grant from the PECO Green Region Open Space Program, Administered by Natural Lands.