Morris Arboretum’s Garden Railway Opens Memorial Day Weekend

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Media Contact:Susan Crane | | 215-247-5777 x121May 7, 2013

This summer, Morris Arboretum’s Garden Railway will transport visitors to the far ends of the earth without ever leaving Philadelphia. Spanning the globe, visitors will travel to 12 architectural wonders, astounding in their engineering achievements, cultural importance and overall beauty.  Experience magical visits to The Great Wall of China (China), The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy), Haghia Sophia (Istanbul), Tikal (Guatemala) Maachu Picchu (Peru), Petra (Jordan), the Giza Pyramid and Alexandria Light House and the Sphinx (Egypt), The Eiffel Tower and the Arch de Triomphe (Paris), and the Easter Island figures (Chile), plus Philadelphia landmarks.
Grand Opening activities will take place on Saturday, May 25 from 1-3pm.  Take part in a fun kids activity and enjoy free ice cream (while supplies last) beginning at 1pm.
With a changing theme each year, the Garden Railway display is a miniature world with a quarter mile track running through it, set in the splendor of a summer garden.  It features loops and tunnels, bridges and trestles and all of the miniature buildings are created entirely of natural materials, each meticulously detailed with leaves, bark, vines and twigs. Logs and branches are also used to create unique tunnels and overhead trestles. Nestled among woody plants, colorful annuals and perennials, the finished product is an enchanting landscape that never ceases to delight visitors both young and old. Free with regular admission. Check out for special events all summer long.
Garden Railway is open from 10am to 4pm during the week and 10am to 5pm on weekends through September 2rd, Labor Day.  Thursday evenings in June, July and August, the Arboretum is open until 8:30 pm and the trains will run until 8pm.
Pennsylvania Train Weekend  Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9, 10am-4:30pm at the Garden Railway. Celebrate Pennsylvania trains at the Arboretum!  Learn the history of the Pennsylvania railroads and see trains from lines that have run through Pennsylvania, such as B&O, Lackawanna, and the Pennsylvania Railroad as well as Arboretum and guest trains.
Train Enthusiast Night Thursday, June 13, 5pm- 8pm.  Watch train club members, artists, and train manufacturers take over the Arboretum.  Catch the enthusiasm and come visit these wonderful displays in the Upper Gallery.
Circus Week at the Garden Railway Daily Saturday, June 29 through Sunday, July 7.  The first circus was held in Philadelphia in 1793.  Come see the Big Top and the circus trains, learn the history of the circus and watch for a few surprises.
The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is located at 100 East Northwestern Avenue in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia.  The 92-acre horticulture display garden features a spectacular collection of mature trees in a beautiful and colorful landscape. The Arboretum includes numerous picturesque spots such as a formal rose garden, historic water features, a swan pond, and the only remaining freestanding fernery in North America. A new permanent nationally award winning exhibit, Out on a Limb – a Tree Adventure adds to Morris Arboretum’s allure by transporting visitors 50 feet up into the treetops on a canopy walk that requires no climbing.  The Morris Arboretum’s new Horticulture Center Complex has received Platinum Level LEED® Certification, the highest sustainability rating of the U.S. Green Building Council.