The honey bee may be little, but its job is anything but small. In fact, more than 75 percent of the food crops we eat rely on honey bees to grow. The Morton Arboretum relies on honey bees in the same way, relying on the little insects to produce the thousands of plants and trees on our grounds.
With nine miles of roads and 16 miles of hiking trails, The Morton Arboretum is an outdoor oasis. Every day of the year, the Arboretum’s beautiful scenery, challenging hills and shaded roads and trails beckon visitors to explore its 1,700 acres – whether hiking the trails, or biking or running the roads.
As part of the Arboretum’s Savor the Seasons Dinner Series, The Morton Arboretum is hosting an elegant Farm to Table Dinner on Friday, August 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This one-of-a-kind meal features fresh, local ingredients expertly prepared and served under the new White Pine Pavilion, located just east of the Hedge Garden on the Concert Lawn and offers diners the opportunity to spend a late summer evening under the stars, while enjoying delicious farm-fresh food and music from acoustic classical guitarist Neil Dixon Smith.
There’s no better place to be on a hot August day than the shade of a tree. It’s cool and green, full of music from the rustling of leaves and the song of birds. No stress can last long under a tree. It’s true. Researchers have documented many ways that trees lift our spirits and help our health. So let’s enjoy the shade of the trees we have and protect them for summers to come.
Wind rustles darkened tree branches, a faraway owl hoots, stars wink overhead — it’s night time at The Morton Arboretum. Most visitors only see the Arboretum during the day, but this summer, a special group of families will have the chance to enjoy the sights and sounds of our grounds after dark.
The Chicagoland Daylily Society will hold its annual flower show July 19 and 20, 2014, at The Morton Arboretum. Society members will bring their blooms to compete for prizes. Arboretum visitors are invited to vote for Best in Group and Best in Show awards. Admission to the show is free with Arboretum admission. The show also is an excellent opportunity for gardeners to learn more about growing these tough, adaptable, long-lived perennials.
Looking for a unique way to show your love for The Morton Arboretum? Now you can wear a piece of the Arboretum on your wrist or shoulder, with the introduction of tote bags and wristlets made from recycled Arboretum banners.
Spring is prime plant shopping time. Here are some tips from The Morton Arboretum’s Plant Clinic to help you buy the right plants and get them off to a good start.
Meander the twists and turns of The Morton Arboretum’s Maze Garden while solving clues about the surrounding trees and plants with The A-MAZE-ing Quest. New at the Arboretum this spring, the fun and educational quest offers visitors a new way to explore the tall lush hedges and the plant rooms hidden within the one-acre labyrinth of the Maze Garden.
Public gardens such as The Morton Arboretum offer visitors beautiful landscapes, give gardeners information and inspiration, and create refuges for beauty in the midst of cities and suburbs. National Public Gardens Day, which falls in 2014 on Friday, May 9, is an annual opportunity to pause and celebrate these marvelous oases. And of course, the best way to celebrate public gardens is to visit one.