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Press releases from The Morton Arboretum.

NEWS RELEASE: MORTON ARBORETUM AWARDED GRANT FOR NEW RESEARCH AND HERBARIUM MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

The Morton Arboretum has been awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to migrate its Living Collections and Herbarium data to the Botanical Research And Herbarium Management System known as BRAHMS. The Morton Arboretum is the first U.S-based arboreta to employ BRAHMS, which was developed at the University of Oxford.

Trees Do Make The World Better

Trees are good, right? Planting trees is the right thing to do. They make the world greener, healthier, and more beautiful. That is what we know and promote at The Morton Arboretum.

NEWS RELEASE: ILLUMINATION: TREE LIGHTS AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM BY THE NUMBERS

In its second year, lllumination is the first lights event to take place in The Morton Arboretum’s 92-year history. More than 88,000 visitors experienced Illumination in its debut season.

NEWS RELEASE: ILLUMINATION: TREE LIGHTS AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM RETURNS WITH NEW WAYS TO SEE TREES IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT

This November, 50 acres of vibrant LED lights will once again transform The Morton Arboretum’s treescape into a winter wonderland of color and nature, as Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum returns for its second year.

NEWS RELEASE: THE MORTON ARBORETUM ADMINISTERS $211,000 IN FEDERAL GRANTS TO HELP CHICAGO-AREA COMMUNITIES REPLACE TREES LOST TO EMERALD ASH BORER

The Morton Arboretum’s Community Trees Program has approved $211,000 in matching grants for northern Illinois communities within the Lake Michigan watershed to help restore the tree canopy lost to the emerald ash borer.

NEWS RELEASE: MORTON ARBORETUM RESEARCHERS RECOGNIZED WITH PROMINENT APPOINTMENTS, EXPANDED LEADERSHIP ROLES

Two members of The Morton Arboretum’s research team have been recently honored with high-profile appointments, bolstering the Arboretum’s leadership in global tree research and conservation.

NEWS RELEASE: 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.

NEWS RELEASE: 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.

NEWS RELEASE: ART & SCIENCE DINNER PARTY RAISES $230,000 FOR PROGRAMS OF THE MORTON ARBORETUM

LISLE, Ill. (May 15, 2014) – On Saturday, May 10, more than 300 guests supported the tree-focused work of The Morton Arboretum during the annual fundraising Dinner Party that this year featured the theme of Art & Science. The event raised $230,000 in support of the Arboretum’s programs and its mission to save and plant trees for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.

NEWS RELEASE: NEW ONLINE HANDBOOK FROM THE MORTON ARBORETUM SEEKS TO IMPROVE SUSTAINABILITY, REDUCE COSTS FOR LARGE LANDSCAPES

LISLE, Ill. (May 12, 2014)— The Morton Arboretum has released a new handbook, “Retrofitting Large Landscapes for Sustainability,” offering industry professionals guidelines and ideas to help incorporate sustainable practices into landscape design. Developed for property managers, homeowner associations, school and park district boards and other stewards of large properties, the free manual highlights cost-effective ways to make landscapes easier to maintain, while reducing landscapes’ adverse impacts on the environment. In addition, the handbook addresses alternatives to chemical treatments as well as the importance of selecting plants to suit the given climate and conditions.

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