Animals that need food to survive the winter can take a toll on shrubs and young trees, but you can take simple steps to minimize the damage. Peter Linsner, who is in charge of controlling animal damage at The Morton Arboretum, offers these tips: Check regularly for signs of damage. Voles, mice, rabbits, and deer may chew the thin bark of shrubs and young trees, and if they remove the bark all the way around a stem, it will die. Look around the base of the stems or trunk for signs that the bark has been nibbled.
If you make sure your Christmas tree is recycled into mulch or compost to improve soil and protect plants, you’ll know it didn’t go to waste.
Building a railroad, even an enchanted one, is a serious undertaking. “More than 100 hours of design and installation go into making our Enchanted Railroad a reality,” said Special Events Coordinator Diana Fischer-Woods, of the event that has long been a favorite of visitors.
On Saturday, January 24, put on your winter boots and coat and bring the family to The Morton Arboretum for a day of winter fun! Trek into the Children’s Garden for Family Winter Play Day to watch a professional ice carver create a masterpiece, then paint, build, experiment with ice and water, hike, or play games before warming up by the fire and enjoying delicious s’mores.
Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum is here! And to make your experience the absolute best it can be, we’d love to share a few tips.
Keeping notes (or taking pictures) is a big help in planning to improve your garden. The soil may now be frozen and the weather may be frightful, but it’s not too late to jot down your memories of what worked and what didn't in the past gardening year.
Whether it’s hugging a juniper to watch it glow brighter or spinning a wheel to splash color across a canvas of evergreens, Illumination is a spectacle for the senses. But one feature at this year’s event will be trying hard not to catch your eye: Glowman, hidden along the Illumination trail.
If you find yourself in the Children's Garden this month, keep your eyes open for hidden gnomes. Families can explore our Children’s Garden, peeking into Adventure Woods or traveling through the Backyard Discovery Gardens in search of these pint-sized friends.
This Thanksgiving, consider a break from some of the traditional dishes and try your hand at these recipes straight from the culinary playbook of The Morton Arboretum's head chef Danny Ovanin. Ovanin specializes in seasonal, locally-sourced fare and previously served as the executive chef at Glen Prairie Restaurant in Glen Ellyn.