Logo

Press releases

Press releases from The Morton Arboretum.

THE MORTON ARBORETUM’S PLANT CLINIC CALLS ATTENTION TO IMPORTANCE OF TREE DIVERSITY

A tiny metallic green pest not even the size of a penny, the emerald ash borer hardly seems capable of the destruction it has brought to the area. But millions of significantly weakened and dead ash trees throughout the seven-county Chicago region tell a different story.

CROSS THE POND WITH THE MORTON ARBORETUM’S NEW PASSPORT EUROPE FESTIVAL

Explore the centuries-old traditions and fascinating cultures of European countries at The Morton Arboretum’s Passport Europe Summer Festival, Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7.

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2014 EVENTS AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM

The Morton Arboretum welcomes winter with several holiday events, returning favorites, engaging classes, and fun family outings. Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum returns on November 21, with new features including the Symphony of Lights—where lights dance synchronized to the music of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In November and December, we invite music lovers to enjoy a classical concert with the Chamber Concert Series.

THE MORTON ARBORETUM ANNOUNCES NEW DESTINATION ASIA FESTIVAL

Learn about the unique traditions of Asia at The Morton Arboretum’s new Destination Asia Summer Festival. The second of three new cultural festivals at the Arboretum this year, Destination Asia will exhibit traditional Asian music and dance, arts and athletic demonstrations, authentic cuisine, and the chance to explore the Arboretum’s China, Japan, and Korea tree collections.

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2014 EVENTS AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM

The Morton Arboretum wraps up its TREE-mendous Summer of events with a new festival, returning favorites, engaging classes and fun family outings. On September 6-7, visitors can discover old-world cultures and their charms in our new Passport Europe Summer Festival. Enjoy a hive of activity during Honey Bee Weekend at the Arboretum, September 20-21, and grab a leash and your pup as Tails on the Trails returns on September 13.

THE MORTON ARBORETUM TO HOST 2nd URBAN TREE CONFERENCE NOVEMBER 18-19

The Morton Arboretum will host the second Urban Tree Conference, “Managing Urban Forests in a Changing Climate,” November 18-19, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Geared to municipal foresters, arborists, landscape architects, and others who own, care for or plan for trees, this conference will examine the changes underway in our climate and the significant impact they have on the trees that comprise the urban and suburban forest.

TOUR THE COUNTRY WITH THE MORTON ARBORETUM’S TRAVEL AMERICA SUMMER FESTIVAL

This 4th of July weekend, celebrate the U.S.A. with traditional music, food and entertainment during The Morton Arboretum’s Travel America festival. The first of three new cultural festivals at the Arboretum this year, Travel America will highlight current and past American traditions including performances by Native American dancers, rollicking music ranging from blues to bluegrass and food showcasing our country’s culinary history.

NEW STUDY SHOWS SURPRISING SPREAD OF SPRING LEAF-OUT TIMES

Despite conventional wisdom among gardeners, foresters and botanists that woody plants all “leaf out” at about the same time each spring, a new study co-authored by Morton Arboretum researcher Robert Fahey found a surprisingly wide span of as much as three months in leaf-out times. Significantly, observations the past two springs of 1,597 woody plants in eight botanical gardens in the U.S., Canada, Germany and China suggest that species differences in leaf-out times could impact the length of the growing season and the activities of birds, insect and other animals and therefore must be factored into climate-change model predictions.

SAVE THE DATE: ILLUMINATION RETURNS TO THE MORTON ARBORETUM NOVEMBER 21, 2014-JANUARY 3, 2015

Lisle, Ill. (June 11, 2014) – From November 21, 2014-January 3, 2015, the grounds of The Morton Arboretum will again glow with dazzling LED lights and trees that respond to touch and sound, as Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum makes its return. More than 88,000 visitors took part in Illumination’s inaugural season, to witness a wintertime experience far beyond traditional twinkling lights – a mile-long walk through a virtual kaleidoscope of color and light among the Arboretum’s towering trees.

NOW PREMIERING: DRIVE-IN MOVIES AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM

LISLE, Ill. (May 28, 2014) — Celebrate the arrival of summer with a nostalgic drive-in movie at The Morton Arboretum. Relax in your car, under the stars to watch favorite movies on a larger-than-life screen set against the Arboretum’s trees. Families and kids of all ages will enjoy “The Lorax” Friday, June 6. Based on the beloved Dr. Seuss book, this animated film features the voices of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron and Betty White and brings into focus the importance of conservation and protecting the environment. Saturday, June 7 will bring the cult classic “The Goonies.” Approaching its 30th anniversary, the comedic adventure story of young treasure seekers stars Sean Astin, Josh Brolin and Corey Feldman.

Pages