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Let those leaves lie

The leaves are falling! It’s time to start the arduous process of raking and bagging leaves, or hire someone to do “fall cleanup” to make the yard tidy.

Perennials for pollinators

What’s the big buzz in gardens today? Planting for pollinators—the bees, butterflies, moths, and other creatures that spread pollen from bloom to bloom. Most flowering plants can’t reproduce without this help from animals. The pollinators depend on a ready food supply, and you can help by planting with them in mind. September is a good time to plant or divide perennials. Try these pollinator-friendly plants, found at the Arboretum but just as much at home in your garden.

We'll drink to that: Learn how to grow plants used for making wine or beer

The flavors of fine wine aren’t just the province of vineyards, although you’ll find some superb flavors at the first-ever Wine and Art Walk, August 27 and 28. Many of the tastes and aromas of the beverages we enjoy come from plants that we can grow in Midwestern gardens.

Pick a new spot to plant a new tree

When a tree has been removed, it may seem obvious to plant a new one in the same place. That’s not a good idea, says Meghan Midgley, soil scientist at The Morton Arboretum: “That’s not likely to be the best place for your new tree to succeed.”

Go easy on the fertilizer

Want to do a little less work in the garden? Reconsider how much you fertilize, says Todd Jacobson, head of horticulture at The Morton Arboretum. Many plants, including trees, shrubs, and most perennials, will usually be fine without it.

Father's Day gift guide

Stumped on what to get your dad this Father's Day? Treat him to one of several great finds available at The Arboretum Store.

Living billboard highlights the importance of trees in our communities and world

Look at the tree one way, and it’s barren and lifeless. Walk a few feet and look at it from another angle, and its leaves become green and lush. What can you do to help trees grow green and thrive? How can you be a tree champion? That’s the question asked by the 10-by-27-foot tree art you can see in Arbor Court this summer.

President of The Morton Arboretum receives Arbor Day Foundation's highest honor

This Arbor Day, Dr. Gerard T. Donnelly, President and CEO of The Morton Arboretum, was recognized with the J. Sterling Morton Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Arbor Day Foundation, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees.

Pro tips for a great garden design

Working on a new garden this spring? Before you buy a bevy of plants, take a step back and look at the big picture. That’s what professional landscape designers do, according to Susan Jacobson, FASLA, landscape architect at The Morton Arboretum.

Woodland wildflowers are springtime’s dainty treats

Take a walk on the wilder side of The Morton Arboretum in spring for a once-a-year delight: ephemeral wildflowers. Seizing their moment in the sun before the trees’ leaves open to shade the forest floor, flowers twinkle and shine along paths and roadways all around the Arboretum.

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