Temple University is focused on ensuring the health and safety of our community members and campus and Arboretum visitors. The university is taking several measures to keep everyone safe amid the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Due to Covid currently we are not offering group guided tours at this time. Please add yourself to our mailing list to be alerted when we are offering guided tours again.
Guided tours can be arranged by contacting Arboretum Director Kathy Salisbury at 267-468-8400 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For the guided tour there is suggested minimum donation of $5 per person.
The following guided tour options are available:
Native Plants Walk – A guided walk through the gardens highlighting the native trees, shrubs and perennials with seasonal interest.
Resilient Plants – The plants that have proven to be able to stand up to tough conditions – deer, drought etc. – in the Ambler Arboretum.
General Garden Tour – An overview of the Ambler Arboretum and its history and a stop into many of the garden spaces.
Conifer Tour – Featuring the Colibraro conifer garden and a walk around the grounds, discussing conifers for home landscapes.
Winter Interest Tour – Explore the Arboretum with winter in mind any time of the year.
Edible Plants Tour – Highlighting native edible plants learn what you can plant that is beautiful and delicious!
Four Seasons of Interest Tour – From buds to blooms to bark and berries, these plants show all year-round.
Invasive Plant Identification Management and Control – Take a walk through our wild woodlands, learn how to identify invasive plant species and some tips or prevention, management and control.
Around the World in 20 Trees – Take a walk around the campus and around the world through our tree collection.
Ecological Anomalies – Take a trip back in time as we learn about the Arboretum plants with a prehistoric story. Learn the reasons some of our plants have giant pods, fruits and thorns. Some of our most ancient plants may surprise you.
Insect Investigation – Take a walk around the gardens looking for insects and other invertebrates. Learn how to tell beneficial insects form those who may be a garden problem. From aphids to Zebra Swallowtails, we will discuss each insect we encounter, learning more about the diversity of the gardens and the role these small animals play in our lives.
The Ambler Arboretum Rocks! Tour – Sure we have a lot of trees and a lot of flowers, but we also have a lot of rocks on campus too! In this walking tour of campus designed by Geology Professor Dr. Natalie Flynn, we examine the different types of rocks found through out campus.
Teachers: We encourage bringing your students here for directed learning. Pre-registration is required. Please contact Arboretum Director Kathy Salisbury, to discuss options and requirements.
Self Guided Tours
You are welcome to come any time during the day to take self-guided tours of the Ambler Arboretum. View the map and garden descriptions.
Large groups are asked to pre-register by contacting Kathy Salisbury at 267-468-8400 or email@example.com with the number of people and contact information for the group.
Visit the Hilda Justice Artifacts Collection
Open by appointment. The Hilda Justice Building is the site of the artifacts collection at the Ambler Campus. Dedicated on November 6, 2011, to mark the 100th Anniversary, this collection reflects the rich history of the site.
The first students arrived in 1911 when the school was founded as the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women. In 1958 it merged with Temple University. The artifacts collection contains images, tools, awards and banners from the school and from the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association that was founded at the Ambler Campus in 1914. Learn more about the Hilda Justice Artifacts Collection.