The Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia was Andropogon’s first project and remains a special place where we go to celebrate, to learn, and to recharge. Andropogon’s 1978 master plan and many implementation projects have guided the institution through 40 years of growth. In 1978, the site was visited by over 25,000 people a year. Today, it attracts 130,000 visitors annually. According to the arboretum’s most recent strategic plan, “adhering to an overarching vision has enabled the Arboretum to transform itself from a sleepy, overgrown private estate to a first class botanical institution.” All of our work at the Morris Arboretum has focused on the user experience, integrating art and science at the scale of human experience to reveal our critical relationship with our environment.
Our contributions at the Morris Arboretum include developing a natural and cultural inventory; renovating historical landscape features; creating an overall circulation system with new pedestrian paths, a new entrance road, and environmentally responsible parking lot; designing new gardens; and restoring habitat. Most recently, Andropogon worked with Overland Partners to design the LEED™ Platinum Horticultural Center at Bloomfield Farm.