The historic Ambler Arboretum of Temple University has been a beloved site for students, professors and visitors from throughout the region and well beyond. of horticulture and landscape architecture for over 100 years.
On September 1, 2021, the Ambler Arboretum was drastically impacted by Hurricane Ida, which spawned an EF2 tornado that devastated the campus and surrounding communities. As the Arboretum and Temple University continue a dramatic recovery, the tornado has created new opportunities within the Arboretum to consider how to best support the needs of students and visitors moving forward.
The Arboretum and Donald Pell Gardens have developed five new and re-envisioned gardens — the Woodland Garden, Honor Grove, Climate Resilient Garden, Sustainable Wetland Garden and Campus Heritage Garden — that reflect the impacts on regional conditions wrought by climate change, explore the rich history of the gardens and campus and honor those who have been such an essential part of that history.