VISIT & explore


LISLE, Ill. (March 18, 2014) – Art and science come together at The Morton Arboretum every day, as experts conduct tree research surrounded by the beautiful 1,700-acre landscape of trees.  For more than 90 years, art and science together have influenced the Arboretum’s plant collections, education and research programs, and the way people experience the Arboretum – through mind, body, heart, and soul.

On May 10, The Morton Arboretum will host its premier annual fundraising event, with this year’s theme of Art & Science. Taking place on the Arboretum’s scenic grounds, the event will be an elegant evening supporting the institution’s tree-focused mission to create a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.

“The Arboretum’s tree collections are beautiful, but it takes research scientists, horticulturists, and groundskeepers who use science daily to make the Arboretum a place of quality and enjoyment,” 2014 Dinner Party Chair Valencia Ray said. “Join us for a fun night out and chance to learn more about the importance of keeping the Arboretum’s splendor, beauty, and purpose alive.”

The Art & Science Dinner Party will start at 6 p.m. with cocktails outdoors in Arbor Court, followed by a gourmet dinner in the Visitor Center, and concluding with live jazz music. The 2014 drawing will feature a catered dinner for 10 at the Arboretum, tickets to a Chicago Symphony Orchestra outdoor concert at the Arboretum in June, a majestic tree at the Arboretum designated in tribute to someone of the winner’s choice, and more.

Tickets are $375, and tables start at $5,000. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact The Morton Arboretum Development Office at 630-725-2027.

The 2014 Dinner Party Committee is chaired by Valencia Ray and Darrell Jackson of Naperville. Corporate Sponsorship Chairs are Christina Immelman of Lisle and Joe Weidenbach of Naperville. Committee members include Mary Ann Anderson (Lisle), Anna Ball (Glen Ellyn), Sandy Becky (Wheaton), Ann Grube (Hinsdale), Mirja Haffner (Chicago), Amy Louis (Hinsdale), Toni Mueller (Glen Ellyn), Sherry Reum (Wayne), Catherine Slark (Burr Ridge) and Amy Weidenbach (Naperville).

About The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum on 1,700 acres. Plant collections, scientific research and education programs support the mission to plant and conserve trees and other plants for a greener, healthier and more beautiful world. Designed with natural landscapes, the grounds include the award-winning, four-acre interactive Children’s Garden, the one-acre Maze Garden, plus specialty gardens, 16 miles of trails and nine miles of roads. Visitor experiences include the open-air tram ride, guided walks, Arbor Day celebrations, concerts, art shows, Fall Color Festival and special exhibits. The Arboretum welcomes 885,000 visitors annually and serves 38,600 members. Located 25 miles west of Chicago in Lisle, Illinois, the Arboretum is open daily 7 a.m. until sunset. Learn more at mortonarb.org.

Admission Rate 

Nonmember admission rates to The Morton Arboretum are $12 for adults ages 18-64 ($8 on Wednesday), $11 for seniors ages 65 and over ($7 on Wednesday), $9 for children ages 2-17 ($6 on Wednesday) and free for children under age 2. Parking is free with admission.


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