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National Public Gardens Day

National Public Gardens Day at The Morton Arboretum, May 8, 2015
Public gardens, like The Morton Arboretum, collect and display nature's bounty, provide information and inspiration for gardeners, and create refuge and beauty in the midst of our cities and suburbs.

National Public Gardens Day, which falls this year on Friday, May 8, is an annual opportunity to celebrate these marvelous oases. Of course, the best way to celebrate public gardens is to visit one.

The Morton Arboretum is a special kind of public garden. “Arboretum” means “a place planted with trees” in Latin, and the goal of this public garden has always been to plant, protect, and study trees. That is why we are known as "The Champion of Trees." 

The Arboretum is more than a place of beauty and calm. It's also a museum for collections of living specimens that includes magnificent trees and other plants from around the globe, including 100 rare or endangered species. Some can be seen nowhere else in the area.

Here are some sights and events to enjoy on your visit to The Morton Arboretum on National Public Gardens Day:

Vanishing Acts
7:00 a.m. to sunset
The Arboretum’s outdoor exhibit on endangered trees and how we can help preserve them. LEARN MORE
Free with Arboretum admission. 

Wheel of Curiosi-trees
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Win a prize when you answer a tree-via question!
Free with Arboretum admission.

Nature Walk
11:00 a.m.

Meet in the breezeway
Tour the Ground Cover Garden with Lindsey Smith, horticulture specialist, to learn how she plans and prepares the ground cover garden. 
Free with Arboretum admission.

 Acorn Express Adventures
11:00 a.m.

Enjoy a tram tour with a stop for crafts and exploration.
Additional fee applies. For tickets, see desk in Visitor Center.

Garden Story Time
11:00 a.m.
Children’s Garden
Visit the Children’s Garden for story time.
Free with Arboretum admission.

Tour of Gardens in the Children’s Garden
1:00 p.m.

Children’s Garden

Meet Katrina Chipman, horticulture specialist, at the entrance to the Children’s Garden for a short, informational walk.
Free with Arboretum admission.

Lovely Ladybugs
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Children’s Garden
Learn about our friends the ladybug.
Free with Arboretum admission.

And of course there will be bloom and color all through the Arboretum. Check out our Bloom report for the most up-to-date bloom information. learn more


May 8, 2015
7:00 a.m.-sunset