Press releases from The Morton Arboretum.
The Morton Arboretum is celebrating its signature season in style with great events and programs for all ages. The popular dog-friendly event Tails on the Trails makes its return this September, along with the authentic music, dance and cuisines of the Passport Europe Festival. September is also the last month to catch the 23 whimsical copper frog sculptures of Ribbit! The Exhibit, going on through September 25.
Spiced with juniper berries and finished with a twist of lime, The Morton Arboretum’s refreshing new brew, Joy Path Juniper Saison Ale, will make its official debut later this June. This warm-weather beer, which includes berries harvested from the Arboretum’s own grounds, follows its first namesake brew, Arbor Oak Amber Ale. Both are brewed in partnership with Chicago’s Lake Effect Brewery.
The Morton Arboretum, one of the world’s leading tree-focused research institutions, has launched a five-year, $63 million capital campaign, raising more than $35.6 million in its early stages. The Growing Brilliantly campaign will enable the Arboretum to deepen its scientific and conservation work, expand new tree development, and improve core facilities to meet its strategic vision, including the redevelopment of South Farm, which serves as the operations and plant production hub for the 1,700-acre Arboretum.
Cast bios for Nature: An Outdoor Walking Play
Critics praise and audiences cheer this outdoor walking play.
The Morton Arboretum’s beautiful woodlands and tree-lined clearings set the scene for the acclaimed outdoor walking play, Nature. Playing select days July 8-31, this unique theatrical event about the lives of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau is an experience like no other—as an award-winning ensemble of actors and musicians bring audiences into a playful and deeply-moving journey through their natural environment. Nature, presented by TigerLion Arts, is filled with music, song, story and celebration with scenes unfolding around audience members as they follow the ensemble through the grounds.
On Saturday, May 21, The Morton Arboretum welcomed nearly 400 guests to the Growing Brilliantly Dinner Party in support of the institution’s tree collections, research, and education programs. Emceed by tree champions Bill Kurtis and Donna LaPietra, the Arboretum’s annual fundraising event raised a record-breaking $410,760— funds that will allow the Arboretum to increase the impact of its tree-focused mission throughout the Chicago region and worldwide.
The Morton Arboretum is celebrating the long days and warm evenings of summer with fantastic exhibits, events and programs for the whole family. New this summer, take a journey through time with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau during the acclaimed outdoor walking play “Nature,” July 8-31. In late August, join us for a leisurely stroll around Meadow Lake while shopping from local artists during our first-ever Wine and Art Walk, August 27-28. And cyclists won’t want to miss the new Bikes, Branches and Bites event on August 13. Bike on vehicle-free roads, and enjoy live music and food trucks!
Friday, May 6 is National Public Gardens Day, a chance to recognize the country’s public gardens and the key role they play in bringing awareness and support to important scientific and environmental research, conservation and education. To celebrate, The Morton Arboretum is offering reduced admission to all visitors all day long on May 6—$9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for youth age 2-17—and the opportunity to take part in fun and educational events highlighting the importance of public gardens.