Sunday, July 18, 2010

A Trip through Nature

Yesterday we visited the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia. And it was more beautiful than I had imagined. The outside gardens has more than 17 types of trees, plants from over 27 countries and 33 beautiful displays of nature and it's glory. From  Swan Pond, The Garden Railway to Out on a Limb,just to name a few, you can see beautiful gardens, rolling ponds, swans, butterflies and beautiful architecture built solely from nature's inspiration. We enjoyed the gardens as much as the children did, laughing, running and walking through the trails, seeing nature at it's finest. The Arboretum, part of the University of Pennsylvania, offers many events throughout the year such as Yoga classes, guided tours, and concerts series for kids, just to name a few. And here's a money saving tip: Purchase the Beech membership at just $115 a year and get access to all the events happening at the arboretum. If you work for the Penn Health System or attend the University of Pennsylvania, bring your Penn Card, you get in for free. Looking for a place for lunch after your stroll? The Arboretum is located in the residential heart of Chestnut Hill, which features many shops and restaurants. Our on way home we stopped at a little ice cream shop called Nonnies, they not only have ice cream, but sorbet and gelato. Yum! Admission is $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 3-17, children 2 and under are free.
I took over 200 pictures and had so much trouble deciding which ones to share, if only there were room for them all (check back on Wordless Wednesday for more), but here are some pictures from our favorite spots. Enjoy.

The view from the bridge leading to Out on a Limb.

The bird's nest.

The suspension bridge to the bird's nest.

George watching James at The Garden Railway.

The Garden Railway contains intricate buildings, bridges and train crossings fit for the finest train enthusiast.

Sophia and cousin Thomas waiting to see Thomas the Tank Engine.

 The wooden chairs outside the Log Cabin.

 The chairs had beautiful inscriptions on the back. This was my favorite.

The kids lunging in the chairs, the perfect spot.

 Cooling off with the water fountain, fist Sophia.....

Then Thomas and George.

 The Summer Palace, made entirely of tree branches and twigs.

 The entrance to the Summer Palace.

The beautiful Rose Gardens.


  1. What a beautiful way to an afternoon! It reminds me of a place I used to visit with my husband and son many years ago. Such a lovely place!

    SITS visiting. Peace. ;)

  2. Wow, Danielle, you got some awesome pics. I feel like I was a part of your outing. Thanks for sharing. I'll definitely check back on wordless Wednesday. -EW

  3. Thanks guys! I love the comments! We had a great trip. When we woke up this mornging the first thing my three year old asked, was "When are we going back to the Arboretum?" lol! I think a yearly membership is in order.

  4. How beautiful is that park. I could get lost in there for days. Seems like the little ones had a good time, especially at that water fountain. :D Great shots.

  5. Love the inscription on those chairs! I want those on my front porch!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner

  6. I was thinking the same thing when I took that picture. They all had great quotes, that one was my favorite!!


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