LISLE, IL (September 18, 2013) – What do fine wines and aged whiskeys have to do with trees? And how can art advocate for conservation? Join The Morton Arboretum for its Fall 2013 Zone 5 Science Cafes.
“Zone 5 Science Cafes are conversational in nature, giving guests the opportunity to talk in-person with scientists and leading experts about hot topics in the environmental sciences – and have fun doing it,” says Megan Dunning, manager of community education & outreach.
On September 19, join artists Kathleen Garness and Suzanne Wegener for “More than a Pretty Picture.” From white fringed orchids, to Hine’s emerald dragonflies, to Illinois chorus frogs – discover how scientific illustration can help preserve our local flora and fauna.
Then, on November 21, learn the difference between a French oak, Quercus robur and a White oak, Quercus alba, when it come to aging wine or distilling whiskey at “Whiskey or Wine: Which Oak Do You Prefer?”. Learn how winemakers and whiskey distillers use scientific processes such as evaporation and oxygenation to create unique, distinct flavors. Sample fine wines, sip some whiskeys and join the conversation as we unravel the mysteries of oaks, whiskeys and wine.
Events are held at The Morton Arboretum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost for each café is $10 for members or $12 for nonmembers, including Arboretum admission. Register at mortonarb.org or by calling 630-719-2468.
The name Zone 5 is a play on the USDA growing zones, probing the question if the Chicago region can still be considered Zone 5 and what will the area be in the future.
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 more than 800,000 visitors annually and serves more than 35,600 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.