The Morton Arboretum will celebrate its signature holiday with the return of its annual Arbor Day Plant Sale, open to the public April 30-May 1. Featuring more than 350 different types of trees and plants, the sale is one of the largest in the Chicago region and draws hundreds seeking plants specially chosen by the Arboretum’s expert staff for Chicago-area gardens.
Shoppers can select from a wide assortment of trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, ferns, vegetables, and herbs. Those who need help determining what will work best in their garden can seek the help of Plant Geniuses, a team of Arboretum employees, volunteers and master gardeners. Those coming to the sale are encouraged to bring in plans or ideas of what trees, shrubs, vegetables and flowers they would like to see in the yard or garden, and/or sun and shade locations, so our Plant Geniuses can better assist.
The Arbor Day Plant Sale is part of a week-long celebration to honor Arbor Day, which is recognized in Illinois on the last Friday in April. Arbor Day was founded in 1872 by Julius Sterling Morton, the father of Arboretum founder Joy Morton, to encourage the planting and protection of trees.
Every plant purchased will support the Arboretum’s work as the champion of trees, which includes its leading scientific research, conservation, education, and outreach about trees in the region as well as the care of its 1,700-acre grounds. Public shopping hours are Saturday, April 30 from 12-5 p.m. and Sunday, May 1 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Arboretum admission is required.