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National Public Gardens Day

Aerial view of the Maze Garden

May 6, 2016
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 6, 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:

Ribbit! The Exhibit
7:00 a.m. to sunset

Explore a collection of 23 larger-than-life copper frogs taking part in a variety of activities, including playing instruments, catching butterflies, and meditating on a lily pad. 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.

Visit with plant experts in our Plant Clinic
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Find the Plant Clinic office across the courtyard from the Visitor Center.
Free with Arboretum admission.

Acorn Express Tram Tours
Call 630-968-0074 for daily times

Experience the beauty of the Arboretum's 1,700 acres on a guided tram tour. This one-hour ride winds you through the Arboretum's woodlands, wetlands, and prairie while listening to a narrated tour.
Additional fee applies. For tickets, see desk in Visitor Center.

Nature Walk
10:00 a.m.
Meet in the breezeway to tour with horticulturists Katrina Chipman and Mike Butler for a guided tour through our groundcover 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.

Frogtastic Play
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Children's Garden
Hop, croak, and splash your way into imaginative play. Families can explore different natural objects to learn about frogs and their habitat as well as play games like the lillypad hop. 
Free with Arboretum admission.

Tour Arbor Court and Meadow Lake!

Meet in the breezeway to tour with horticulturist Donna Smith through Arbor Court and around Meadow Lake.
Free with Arboretum admission.

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

Children’s Garden

Meet horticulturist Kat Haberman at the entrance to the Children’s Garden for a tour of the plants and trees.
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


Enjoy discounted admission on National Public Gardens Day

$9 Adults ages 18–64
$8 Seniors ages 65+ 
$6 Youth ages 2–17

Children 1 and younger are free

Members always free

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