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Too cold for people, but not for plants

A cold, shivery winter like this one often makes gardeners worry about their plants. But in fact, plants probably suffer less than people, says Doris Taylor, Plant Clinic manager at The Morton Arboretum.

Getting answers at the Plant Clinic

At any season of the year, the Plant Clinic of The Morton Arboretum is ready to help homeowners and professionals have lovely and useful gardens and healthy trees and plants.

What your garden is up to in winter

The garden may have dimmed for the winter, but it hasn’t turned off entirely. From green evergreen needles that are still gathering sunlight to make food, to buds already formed at the tips of twigs, to animals busy beneath the snow, to seeds in the soil waiting for springtime, there's secret life in the winter garden.

Illumination: Behind the Scenes

Many have asked how the Arboretum created Illumination, our first lights event. To bring our vision to life, the Arboretum partnered with top lighting design firm Lightswitch, a company that’s created lighting experiences for institutions around the world, including Virgin Galactic and the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. We sat down with John Featherstone, founder and principal at Lightswitch, to give our readers an inside look at the creation of this exhibition.

Let your garden bring the glitz to winter containers

The same pots that burst with bright annuals this summer can provide color, texture, and interest this winter, according to Abigail Rea, manager of horticulture at The Morton Arboretum. Many of the materials can be found right in your garden. Rea offers tips for interesting holiday containers.

Day-after-Thanksgiving recipes from the Arboretum’s chef

Give your Thanksgiving leftovers a creative twist with these recipes from Chef Jean-Louis Clerc of the Ginkgo Restaurant. Or ditch the kitchen for a day and take the family out to The Morton Arboretum for lunch and a hike!

Keep watering new plants and evergreens

Don’t forget to keep watering as the season draws to a close. It’s especially important to water evergreens and any trees, shrubs, or perennials planted within the last two years, says Sharon Yiesla, Plant Clinic assistant at The Morton Arboretum.

String holiday lights with care

The Morton Arboretum provides tips for safely decorating your yard with holiday lights this fall, taking care to avoid harming people or plants.

Thanksgiving recipes from the Arboretum chef

Make your Thanksgiving meal one to remember with these recipe ideas from Chef Jean-Louis Clerc, the mastermind in The Morton Arboretum's Ginkgo Restaurant kitchen.

Urban tree study published

The Morton Arboretum, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, has today released the results of their “Urban Trees and Forests of the Chicago Region” study of trees in the seven-county Chicago region.

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