Chicago and its seven surrounding counties have more than 150 million trees – trees that make our communities healthier, more sustainable and more beautiful. Yet Chicago-area trees are under threat, with one of every five parkway trees likely to soon be destroyed by the emerald ash borer beetle.
This year, The Morton Arboretum celebrated its signature holiday, Arbor Day, with a host of exciting events.
Trees need champions every day. How can you stand up for trees? Here are some concrete suggestions for how you can help the trees in your yard, your neighborhood, and your community.
Trees need our help to live long and strong. As we look forward to Arbor Day on Friday, April 24, here are a few things you can do to help the trees in your yard and your neighborhood.
The Morton Arboretum has a long and storied history. Originally the estate of the Morton family, owners of Chicago-based Morton Salt Company, the Arboretum is a place where scientists, architects, artists and others have left lasting impressions, helping to carry the Arboretum forward in its mission to protect, care for and plant trees. “With our new display, The Arboretum Store is recognizing those who influenced the Arboretum and helped shape it to what visitors see today,” said Jacque Fucilla, store manager.
March 20 marks the first official day of spring. As ice melts and soil thaws, the Arboretum’s horticulturists ready for the growing season.
You won't need the luck of the Irish in the kitchen for this tried-and-true receipe from the Arboretum's Executive Chef Danny Ovanin.
Signs of spring at The Morton Arboretum may be subtle, but they’re here. Some plants, such as vernal witch-hazel (Hamamelis vernalis) and winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima), may bloom while we're still in winter boots, said Doris Taylor, plant information specialist at The Morton Arboretum.
Nature is the ultimate muse. Visitors look for inspiration in the Arboretum’s landscapes and at this time of year, they find it in a forest blanketed in sparking snow or in the light from a mid-morning sun as it peeks through bare branches.
The Sterling Morton Library is a treasure trove. Discover all it has to offer as well as these staff recommended titles the next time you’re here.