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Press releases from The Morton Arboretum.

UNUSUAL INGREDIENT MAKING EASIER WORK OF SNOW REMOVAL AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM: BEET JUICE

LISLE, Ill. (January 3, 2014)—When The Morton Arboretum’s P.J. Smith works with his staff to clear snow from the 16 miles of roads and nine miles of trails at the Arboretum, he needs to do it quickly and in the most environmentally friendly manner possible. Smith, construction supervisor in charge of snow removal at The Morton Arboretum, now clears the Arboretum roads with a product containing an unusual ingredient – beet juice – which, when mixed with rock salt, clears the Arboretum’s roads and trails quicker than salt alone.

JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

LISLE, Ill. (December 27, 2013)—Celebrate this winter at The Morton Arboretum!  This season, embrace the chill and head outdoors to visit Husky Heroes, The Morton Arboretum’s own Siberian husky demonstrations. Or in February, celebrate chocolate with your family, friends or your valentine at one of several chocolate-themed events. Choose from a chocolate truffle-making party, our Chocolate Expo and Market or a special presentation on February 15 about Chicago’s storied candy history with historian and author of “Chicago’s Sweet Candy History,” Leslie Goddard.

THE MORTON ARBORETUM LAUNCHES ONLINE STORE

Dr. Murphy Westwood joins science and conservation department as Arboretum bolsters efforts in national and global tree conservation

LISLE, Ill. (December 19, 2013) – Murphy Westwood, Ph.D., has joined The Morton Arboretum staff as tree conservation specialist. In this newly established role, Westwood is part of the Arboretum’s Science and Conservation department, focusing on the conservation of endangered tree species both locally and globally.

ILLUMINATION: TREE LIGHTS AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM BRIGHTENS THE HOLIDAY SEASON

LISLE, IL (December 11, 2013) – Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum opened on November 22 and is lighting up the night this season. Perfect for a date night or a family outing, visitors to Illumination will see the Arboretum’s trees transformed with dazzling projections, trees that respond to touch and sound, and vivid, electric colors throughout.

CHECK OFF YOUR HOLIDAY GIFT LIST AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM STORE

LISLE, IL (December 10, 2013)—The Morton Arboretum store is a great place to shop this year for unique, nature-themed holiday gifts, and from 3-5 p.m. this Monday, December 16, non-members can shop The Arboretum Store without paying admission to the Arboretum.

THE MORTON ARBORETUM RELAUNCHES ITS WEBSITE WITH NEW LOOK, IMPROVED USER EXPERIENCE

LISLE, IL. (November 13, 2013) – The Morton Arboretum released its updated website, featuring a new look and feel and improved functionality. Visitors will find it easier to locate the Arboretum’s most sought-after information, including events and tree and plant tips. Additionally, the site now features responsive design, which means the user can enjoy a full experience on a smart phone or tablet, as well as a desktop computer.

THE MORTON ARBORETUM HONORS VETERANS WITH FREE ADMISSION ON VETERAN’S DAY

LISLE, IL (November 8, 2013)—The Morton Arboretum will allow U.S. Military Veterans admission free of charge with their Veteran's ID card in honor of Veteran’s Day Monday, November 11. Free admission is to acknowledge the many contributions veterans have given their country. The free admission is for this one day only and includes veterans only, not others in their car.

The program is in addition to our program for active military personnel and their immediate families who can visit the Arboretum free of charge any day of the year with proper ID.

FALL COLOR REPORT FROM THE MORTON ARBORETUM: OCTOBER 31

The Arboretum’s Official Fall Color Scout Sees More Colors and Berries as Fall Leaves Begin to Drop

LISLE, IL. (Oct. 31, 2013) – Each year, The Morton Arboretum’s trees are a prime stop for area leaf-peepers, as many of the Arboretum’s 4,200 varieties of trees turn a brilliant palette of vibrant reds, oranges and golds. Ed Hedborn is the Arboretum’s official Fall Color Scout and reports on the Arboretum’s color each week during the season.

ENCHANTED RAILROAD ENTHRALLS VISITORS

LISLE, IL (November 1, 2013) – All aboard for The Morton Arboretum’s annual Enchanted Railroad, open Friday, November 22 to Monday, January 6 (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).

Keeping the youngest train enthusiasts in mind, this model train display is designed to be easily seen from two feet off the ground. There are two levels of trains, with trains traveling between the levels and around the Enchantment Tree.

The LGB Model Railroad Club designs, installs and runs the exhibit. Now in its 12th year, attendance has grown to over 23,000 in 2012.

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