In celebration of its signature holiday, The Morton Arboretum welcomes the return of the annual Arbor Day Plant Sale, open to the public April 29. Featuring more than 200 different types of trees and plants, the sale is one of the largest in the Chicago area and attracts 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 shopping 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.
The plant sale will take place on the Arboretum’s near west side and neighbor the Arboretum’s 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 sale purchase 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 29 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Arboretum admission is required.