National Public Gardens Day


  • Aerial view of the Maze Garden
  • People on our open-air tram
  • a young child playing in the Children's Garden

Schedule and Location

May 11, 2018
7:00 a.m.-sunset

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 11, 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.

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