Gallery Winter A narrow view of the BioPond, covered in snow. Snowdrops, Galanthus elwesii, bloom through fresh snowfall. Cedrus deodara cones have beautiful radial symmetry. Petals of Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena' look like winter fireworks. Mahonia bealei getting ready to bloom. Helleborus x orientalis blooms in front of a glittering backdrop of Corylopsis spicata. A quiet spot to sit and appreciate the branches of Lagerstroemia indica. Flowers of Chimonanthus praecox 'Luteus' sparkle in the winter garden. A snowy view of the Goddard Richards building, designed by Louis Kahn. Salix gracilistyla 'Mt. Aso' blooms with fuzzy pink catkins that flower in late winter. An up close of the waterfall capped with snow. A collage showing the variety of Hellebore cv. flowers growing in the park. The seed heads of Vernonia noveboracensis look like small brown flowers. Corylus avellana flowers sway gracefully in the wind. Ilex verticillata fruits stand out on gray winter days. An up close view of winter hazel, Corylopsis spicata, flowers. An all white branch grows on the normally variegated Ilex aquifolium 'Silver Queen'. After the petals are gone, sepals remain on Hamamelis virginiana. The early flowers of Crocus 'Flower Record' stands out in the winter garden. The vibrant red petioles of Daphniphyllum macropodum contrasts with its glossy green evergreen leaves. An icy BioPond, viewed from the Woodland Garden. Winter aconite, Eranthis hyemalis, is one of the first bulbs to bloom. Ilex x 'Lydia Morris' is named after the previous owner of Morris Arboretum. Winter jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum, cascades over the walls on the Levin Plaza. A closer view of the early blooming Jasminum nudiflorum flowers. A pair of green chairs in the snow. The bell-shaped flowers of Pieris japonica's are typical for its taxonomic family, the heath family (Ericaceae). Spring Fresh foliage emerges around the BioPond. The flowers of Camellia japonica 'April Kiss' steal the show. Erythronium americanum flowers look like springtime stars. Azaleas (Rhododendron spp.) line the Pond pathways. Narcissus 'Barrett Browning' blooms at the base of a red oak. A spring view looking down the Main Path. Our stand of Neviusia alabamensis, Alabama snow wreath, is over 100 years old! Spring sunshine illuminates the new leaves of Cercidiphyllum japonicum. Chionodoxa forbesii blooms amongst the roots of Fagus grandifolia. Mertensia virginica cascades down a hillside at the pond. Newly emerged spring foliage transforms the park into a study of green. Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis, blooms in the Woodland Garden. Davidia involucrata (the dove tree) has unique flowers; its white bracts flutter gracefully in the breeze. Petasites japonicus carpets the Woodland Garden. A tapestry of Tiarella cordifolia and Maianthemum stellatum thrives in the shade. The delicate flowers of Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin' are inscribed with lines and polka dots. A mixture of native plants, Delphinium tricorne, Mertensia virginica, and Stylophorum diphyllum, bloom in front of a backdrop of azaleas. The intricate flowers of Viola sorroria show the subtlety of spring. Hydrophyllum virginianum grows under the dappled shade of a flowering dogwood. Species tulips, like this Tulipa saxatilis, grow in the Goddard Garden. A detailed look at Crocus 'Pickwick'. Azaleas, Rhododendron spp., frame the Fernery on a clear spring day. A lungwort, Pulmonaria cv., blooms at the Pond. Tulipa 'Antoinette' happily contrasts with the delicate flowers of Brunnera macrophylla. Flowers of Cornus florida are illuminated by April sunshine. The dynamic, twisting flowers of Uvularia perfoliata hang down from newly emerged stems. A closer view of the unique flowers of Lamprocapnos spectabilis. Summer Summer greenery frames the BioPond. Franklinia alatamaha gets it's name sake from Penn's founder Ben Franklin. Mature trees provide dappled shade along the Main Path. Gaillardia pulchella blooms scramble through Erigeron philadelphicus. Physostegia virginiana thrives in the moist soils of the Rain Garden. An eastern black swallowtail caterpillar, Papilio polyxenes, munches on fennel stems. Dramatic late afternoon shadows cross the South Lawn. The small flowers of Thalictrum rochebruneanum create a purple cloud along the Main Path. A new addition to the garden, Campsis grandiflora 'Morning Calm' will grow along Guardian Drive. A tropical container display welcomes visitors to the park. The yellow anthers of Rhexia virginica shake softly in the wind. Lily flowers (Lilium cv.) fill the summer garden with their perfume. A great blue heron, Ardea herodias, stops along its route to cool off at the pond. Bumble bees, Bombus spp., gather nectar from the flowers of the common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca. Early flowers of Echinacea purpurea are highlighted by a ray of sunshine. An aerial view of the Rain Garden can be seen from Lynch Labs. The neon orange flowers of Ligularia dentata brightens a shady corner of the park. A mixture of Asteracece flowers shows the diversity of the aster family. Hydrangea season arrives at the park. Here H. paniculata and H. quercifola frame the pathway. The shocking pink blooms of Callirhoe involucrata stand out amongst a green backdrop. Corylus avellana flowers develop into hazelnuts in the summer and fall. The geometric flowers of the globe thistle, Echinops bannaticus, add an architectural element to the Goddard Garden. Agapanthus 'Storm Cloud' survives Philadelphia's cold, wet winters in a protected corner of the garden. The Goddard Garden comes alive with color in the summer months. A young green frog, Lithobates clamitans, sits on top of a Caribbean spider lily leaf. Pontederia cordata, pickerel weed, grows along the edges of the BioPond. Honey bees, Apis spp., visit the large, fragrant flowers of Magnolia grandiflora. Autumn Light filters through the canopy at the Pond. Every color of the rainbow is represented in the foliage of Fothergilla major. This bench is in the perfect spot to soak up the sun and enjoy the fall color of Hamamelis mollis. Fall color of Polygonatum commutatum envelops an American beech, Fagus grandifolia. Raindrop covered flowers of Camellia sasanqua light up a gray fall day. The foliage of Enkianthus perulatus puts on a fiery show. The hooded flowers of Aconitum carmichaelii 'Arendsii' contrasts with the yellows of autumn. Late season blooms of Tricyris formosana mingle with those of Symphyotrichum novae-angliae. Autumnal foliage is viewed from behind the silhouette of Lagerstroemia indica. Hamamelis virginiana blooms as fall comes to a close. Chrysanthemum x rubellum 'Clara Curtis' reaches for the sunlight. Foliage of Lindera benzoin and Asimina triloba are amongst the first to change color. A complex mix of plants from the aster family (Asteraceae) reaches its peak in mid-autumn. The flowers of Cyclamen hederifolium bloom before its foliage emerges for the winter. Yellow leaves of Betula alleghaniensis contrasts with the blue sky. A bumble bee, Bombus spp., visits Solidago flowers. Dappled sunlight patterns the ground on the east side of Levin. 2,500 Crocus tommasinianus bulbs were planted in the Plaza Lawn. In late winter purple flowers will bloom amongst the grass. Citrus trifoliata is a hardy member of the citrus family that reliably survives Philadelphia winters. A profusion of Symphyotrichum cordifolium blooms add to the floral tapestry of fall. While most other leaves have fallen, Acer palmatum foliage is starting to change color. Flowers of Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert' are illuminated by fall sunshine. The fall color and long lasting flowers of Hydrangea quercifolia makes this native shrub a fall stand out. Fall is an excellent time to plant perennials and deciduous woody plants in the garden. The fall color of Ulmus americana and Liriodendron tulipifera are amplified as they are reflected on the pond's surface. Now at the tail end of its bloom time, the small flowers of Osmanthus heterophyllus have a strong sweet fragrance. Caryopteris x clandonensis catches the autumn light.