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Morris Arboretum & Gardens goes Mesazoic

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Visitors to Morris Arboretum & Gardens may feel like they’re traveling back in time with two new exhibitions: “Plants in the Age of Dinosaurs” and “Garden Railway: Dinos!” running from May 25 to Sept. 30.

The former is a self-guided exhibition where visitors will learn more about plants that go back to prehistoric times. They can learn more about nonflowering plants like conifers, which dominated the landscape for millions of years, and about the flowering plants that fostered part of the huge boom in numbers and types of dinosaurs.

The latter is a dinosaur exhibition in the Garden Railway, in which patrons will view Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops and Velociraptor, all made from natural materials such as bark, nuts, leaves, seed pods, and twigs — nestled within one of the largest outdoor model train displays in the United States.

Dino-themed events and programs will accompany the exhibits.

The Morris Arboretum & Gardens is a 92-acre horticultural display garden that also offers educational programs and is a leader in botanical and horticultural research. It is located at 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia, and online at morrisarboretum.org.

“Garden Railway: Dinos!” runs from May 25 to Sept. 30 at Morris Arboretum & Gardens in Philadelphia.


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