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 begin changing from green to a 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.
Press releases from The Morton Arboretum.
The Morton Arboretum, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, has today released the results of their “Urban Trees and Forests of the Chicago Region” study of trees in the seven-county Chicago region. The study provides the most comprehensive look ever at the structure of the Chicago region urban forest – defined as trees in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties – as well as the environmental and economic value of those trees, based on widely used mathematical models.
This fall, The Morton Arboretum’s 1,700 acres of trees will again reveal stunning colors, expected to draw thousands of leaf-peepers from around the region. The Arboretum’s collection includes trees from 40 different countries, for intense fall color that visitors can’t see anywhere else in the area. Visitors this October can also enjoy tasty fall food and see the Scarecrow Trail, a series of scarecrows created by local Boy and Girl Scouts.
Be swept away by classical chamber music this winter, performed in The Morton Arboretum’s historic Thornhill Education Center. Enjoy intimate, Sunday afternoon concerts while overlooking a scenic vista, followed by a reception where guests can meet with each other and the musicians.
For the first time, man’s best friend is taking over The Morton Arboretum. On Saturday, September 14, the Arboretum’s Tails on the Trails event invites dog owners to hike and explore the Arboretum’s grounds with their canine companions.
The Morton Arboretum will welcome entomologist May Berenbaum to the Arboretum for a honey-themed talk on Saturday, September 7, when she will share the latest research on honeybees and colony collapse disorder, the mysterious dieoff of the honeybee population over the last seven years. Berenbaum is a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an internationally noted expert on the insect world.
The millennium-old art of bonsai is coming to The Morton Arboretum this September. Discover these imaginative miniatures for yourself as members of the Prairie State Bonsai Society show off their masterpieces and demonstrate the award-winning techniques.
Dr. Bryant Scharenbroch, an urban soil scientist at The Morton Arboretum, is this year's recipient of the International Society of Arboriculture's (ISA) Early Career Scientist Award.
The Fall Color Festival at The Morton Arboretum will get a running start as this year’s 10th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk and Kid’s Dash takes place on Sunday, October 6.
See local artisan Richard Dlugo turn fallen wood from The Morton Arboretum into unique works of art at his wood turning demonstration, Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Arboretum Store. This event is free with Arboretum admission.