The Morton Arboretum will celebrate its signature holiday with the return of its annual Arbor Day Plant Sale, open to the public April 30. Featuring more than 200 different types of trees and plants, the sale is one of the biggest in the Chicago region and draws gardeners and homeowners seeking plants specially chosen by the Arboretum’s expert staff to thrive in Chicago-area gardens.
Shoppers can select from a wide assortment of trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, ferns, vegetables, and herbs. Plant Geniuses, a team of Arboretum employees, volunteers, and master gardeners, will provide guidance to those looking for advice on what will work best in their garden. 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.
New this year will be the Plant Sale’s location. To better accommodate shoppers, the plant sale will move to the Arboretum’s Godshalk Meadow (Parking Lot 33) on its near west side and not far from the Arboretum’s new 18,000-square-foot plant production facilities and state-of-the-art greenhouses, where staff horticulturists grow many of the plants that will be available for purchase.
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 Sunday, April 30 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Arboretum admission is required.