Awbury Arboretum

Awbury Arboretum offers 55 acres of green space in dense East Germantown. Originally created as a country estate for the family of Quaker shipping magnate, politician, and philanthropist, Thomas Pym Cope, successive generations of that family engaged important local architects to design their houses, including Thomas Ustick Walter, Addison Hutton, Cope & Stewardson, and Duhring Okie & Ziegler. To adapt the surrounding farmland into picturesque English gardens, they engaged a succession of noted local landscape designers. That surrounding landscape was entrusted to the public in 1915 with the founding of the Arboretum.  The tour will feature both architecture and landscape history, and end at the Farm at Awbury, an active community hub for non-profits that focus on urban agriculture, including the Philly Goat Project, the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild, and Food Moxie.

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