This year, The Morton Arboretum celebrated its signature holiday, Arbor Day, with a host of exciting events.
For the fourth year in a row, volunteers with the Arboretum and other organizations, in partnership with the City of Chicago, placed larger-than-life tags on nearly 2,000 trees downtown. Hanging from trees April 20 through May 4, these tags shared with passersby all that trees need from people to thrive, such as space, advocacy and mulch, and encouraged people to find a champion of trees in themselves.
On Arbor Day, April 24, the Arboretum was once again downtown Chicago, this time in Millennium Park for its first-ever Arbor Day Pop-Up Celebration. More than 1,300 people joined us on that beautiful spring day to vote for their favorite trees. In the end, the magnolia tree took the top spot, but was followed closely by the oak and other species. Visitors to our pop-up also had the opportunity to talk with Arboretum experts and staff with our Plant Clinic, who answered a wide range of tree and plant questions and handed out helpful materials.
At the Arboretum, the Arbor Day spirit was definitely in full swing. Almost 400 people took part in our Dress Like a Tree, Get In Free event. Some costumes were wildly creative, others sweetly simple, but all showed a love of trees on this special day. Many children also took part in our popular Tree-riffic Costume Contest before joining Curious George and The Man in the Yellow Hat for a story time and tree planting.
Continuing through that late April weekend was our annual Arbor Day Plant Sale, which featured hundreds of beautiful plants. More than 23,000 plants were purchased during this year's sale.
Thanks to all who joined us for Arbor Day 2015!