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.
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.