This summer, savor the shade

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.

Bring a piece of the Arboretum home

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.

Tips for buying and caring for plants

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.

Conquer The A-MAZE-ing Quest

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.

Explore The Morton Arboretum With Our New App

The Morton Arboretum’s first app, now available for iPhone®, offers Arboretum visitors new and fresh ways to explore our many tree collections, gardens and natural landscapes. Users can enhance their next visit with one of several interactive features available on the app, including a virtual membership card and news page providing information about events and classes at the Arboretum as well as breaking news.

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.

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.