Shade Trees of Summer Tour & Mandela Day Tree Planting



Laurel Hill East

July 18, Nelson Mandela’s birthday, is an international UN General Assembly-recognized holiday celebrating Mandela’s lifetime of revolutionary activism and commitment to peace and justice. Each year on this day, trees are planted around the world to honor Nelson Mandela and inspire local changes that benefit whole communities.

At this special tour of Laurel Hill East, take in and learn more about our beautiful trees and gardens in the cooler evening hours with Aaron Greenberg, Laurel Hill’s Arboretum Manager and master arborist. Following the tour, we will plant a new fruit tree in the cemetery to honor the living legacy of Nelson Mandela’s impact, and reflect together on actions that we can take to ignite fruitful change in our communities.

More information about Nelson Mandela Day.  


  • $17/General Admission (Ages 13 and up)
  • $15/Seniors (Ages 65+) and Students with ID
  • $12/Members of the Friends of Laurel Hill
  • $8.50/Youth (Ages 6-12)
  • $1.90/Access Card Holders (can purchase up to 4 tickets) **
  • Free/Ages 5 and under

** Access Card + Valid Photo I.D. must be presented at check-in.

Please note – youth and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Advanced ticket purchases are strongly encouraged!


This tour departs from Laurel Hill East’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Information on directions, parking, and visiting guidelines are linked here to better plan your visit.