The Barnes Arboretum is one of Saint Joseph’s University’s hidden gems that many people on campus are not aware of. If you would like to learn more about the background on this pretty establishment, visit this article. It is located on the Merion side of campus along Lapsley Lane and has a lot to offer to a stressed college student.

Flowers in the garden. Photo by Rob Focht, ’19.

On the grounds, there is a beautiful multi-level garden with many different species of vibrant flowers that one can explore and learn about due to their species tags. However, the Barnes Arboretum is more than a spot to go for a pretty walk in the garden. There are many areas to hang out or do homework or set up a hammock to relax under the changing foliage.

Arch leading into the garden. Photo by Rob Focht, ’19.

There are also open lawn areas where you can put a blanket down to picnic or throw a frisbee. Picnic tables are scattered around the grounds that are perfect for relaxing and doing work.

Picnic tables under changing trees on the Barnes Arboretum campus. Photo by Rob Focht, ’19.

When walking through the arboretum, there is an overwhelming feeling of peace and tranquility, especially at this time of the year. There are beautiful trees on the lawn and flowers in the garden that contribute to the serenity felt in the atmosphere. This time of year is a perfect time to check it out if you want a break from studying.

Changing foliage at the Barnes Arboretum. Photo by Rob Focht, ’19.

If you’re looking to get outside more or to find a new study spot, or even just to go for a walk with beautiful scenery, the Barnes Arboretum is the place to visit.


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