Tribute gifts are a unique way to recognize family, special friends, or business colleagues. Celebrate a special occasion - a wedding, anniversary, birthday, or retirement - or remember a loved one with an enduring tribute gift. Your gift makes a lasting contribution to The Morton Arboretum, ensuring a greener future. We offer Tribute trees, benches, two sizes of brick pavers, library books, and customized dedications. Click here to contribute to a Tribute dedication. If you are interested in making a dedication of a tree, bench, or brick, please contact the Development Office at at 630-725-2027 so we may provide the best service possible to meet your unique need.
Dedicate a tree in honor or memory of someone special. Choose from a list of existing trees that the Arboretum makes available for dedication. Tribute trees vary in species and location on the grounds. All Tribute trees are marked with engraved tree tags, stating that the tree stands in honor or memory of a special friend or family member. Tribute gift donors of $1,500 or more receive a complimentary one-year Morton 4 membership.
- Tree located in Central Landscape: $2,500
- Tree located in Living Collections: $1,500
The intent of The Morton Arboretum is to maintain Tribute trees for their full life span. However, tree longevity varies with the species and environmental conditions. The Morton Arboretum will replace failed trees up to ten years after a dedication.
A Tribute bench is a wonderful way to honor a special friend or family member. Our Tribute benches complement garden settings and trail walkways and create an opportunity for visitors to sit and enjoy the surrounding beauty. An engraved name-plate dedicates a specific bench in honor of your friend or family member. Tribute gift donors of $1,500 or more receive a complimentary one-year Morton 4 membership.
- Bench located in Central Landscape: $5,000
- Bench located in Living Collections: $3,000
Dedicate a Tribute brick to commemorate a special person or life event. Bricks are installed in the Tribute Walkway in the forecourt of the Visitor Center. Sheltered by an ivy covered sugar maple and a stately London plane tree, the bronze-colored tribute bricks are located on the south side of the entrance circle - a prominent place near the main entrance to the Arboretum. Tribute bricks are placed twice a year, spring and fall.
- Walkway Brick 8" X 8"
$500 (4 lines of personalization)
- Walkway Brick 4" X 8"
$250 (2 lines of personalization)
- Library Book Dedication: $250