This past weekend was a weekend to myself. I like to take one weekend each month to myself, to get away from all the hoopla. With Sunday being so gorgeous, I decided to take some cucumber sandwiches, my favorite summertime staple, and a few other items, a blanket, book and my music, and just relax over at the Morris Arboretum, which is over seen by the University of Pennsylvania and is the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and is located in the beautiful section of Philly's Chestnut Hill. It was a great day to relax, and dine al fresco. I planted myself by the swan pond.
The arboretum was formerly the estate of John T. and Lydia T. Morris, a brother and sister who purchased and landscaped much of the arboretum's current site beginning in 1887. John Morris was interested in growing plants from around the world. Their mansion they lived in, no longer exists. It was demolished in 1968. It's quite the place, with over 20 special features to be seen. But I just opened the blanket, with a book and just sat for a age nibbling and drinking.
The Fernery, the largest in the county.
The arboretum contains more than 13,000 labelled plants of over 2,500 types, representing the temperate floras of North America, Asia, and Europe,
This is a special installation currently made entirely of branches and sticks by artist Patrick Doughty.
Now here it is almost Friday again! Smile!