This summer, the verdant Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania in Chestnut Hill bursts with both leafy sights and alfresco events.
Through September, see the iconic landmarks of global travel destinations in the Garden Railway display, a quarter mile of miniature train track featuring loops and tunnels, more than a dozen rail lines, two cable cars, nine bridges and bustling model trains.
On select days this July and August, arrive for special events held alongside the railway, including a Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Weekend July 13-14 and Totally Trains August 1-3.
Through August 31, catch sight of Long Island sculptor David Rogers’ touring exhibition, Big Bugs.
The garden-wide show includes nearly a dozen immense works of art, each made from natural materials like fallen hardwood trees or willow saplings.
A number of events are on tap in conjunction with the exhibit, including Bug Crawl: Food & Drink Pairings for the 21st Century, a dinner featuring an array of insect delicacies on Wednesday, July 17.
The tasting menu whipped up by Chef Josh Hunter of Company’s Coming Catering and paired with wine and beer is set to serve up cricket fritters, teriyaki glazed hissing cockroach brochettes and silk worm pupae summer rolls.
You’ll learn about why scientists have been urging people to think of insects as the sustainable food of the future to feed the earths’ ever-expanding population and science behind this new cuisine.
Advance tickets are required for the tasting event and must be purchased by July 14. Tickets to the creepily delicious meal are available online.
The arboretum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Thursdays through August is open until 8:30 p.m.
Summer at Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
When: Daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Bug Dinner, Wednesday, July 17, 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Cost: Regular admission, $16 for adults, $7 for children 3-17; Dinner, $45 for members, $50 for non-members
More info: www.upenn.edu/arboretum