Monday, October 7, 2013
Creating a family legacy takes patience and careful crafting. One good example of a family legacy is the Morris family from Pennsylvania. The family created an arboretum that preserves the devotion of the family to art and education. Despite the fact that all the direct heirs are no longer around, the arboretum accomplishes these goals. Originally, the arboretum started out as a garden.
In 1887, two siblings, John and Lydia Morris purchased the land despite the infertile ground soil. The siblings hired a landscape architect from Japan to create an new ornamental garden which was inspired from John and Lydia's travel. After death, John and Lydia opened the arboretum to the public. Now, the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania covers over 175 acres of land. It is maintained by a fund set up by the siblings. There is always something blooming, even in the cold winter months. With many different attractions such as the Squirrel Scramble, Tree Adventure, and Bird's Nest, among others the arboretum has left the Morris family legacy in education intact.
See Teresa Rivas, A Lesson in Family Legacy, Barron's, Oct. 4, 2013.
Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.