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Origami Happenings

Origami in the Garden runs now through Sunday, October 22, 2017. During the exhibit, the Arboretum will host several special events and programs.  Some activities are free while others require a fee. Please click through an activity to learn all the details. 


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An origami acorn made with orange paper
Practice folding paper into your favorite garden shapes. Daily through October 22, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Children's Garden. Weather permitting.
Yellow woodland sunflowers are blooming among the trees.
Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Select Mondays or Saturdays,now - September, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
A Toro Nagashi Japanese floating lantern display on water
Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food and trees. August 4, 5 & 6, 2017
A bonsai tree in a pot with a large stone.
Take a beginner or advanced workshop taught by a Prairie State Bonsai Society member. Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6, 2017. Times vary
Display of several Bonsai displays
See bonsai displays and demonstrations, by Prairie State Bonsai Society members at The Morton Arboretum, August 5 & 6, 2017. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
A miniature zen garden with black rocks and a tiny wooden rack.
In the Children’s Garden, experience zen gardening, and make your own mini zen garden to take home. August 5 through 6, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Stone slabs lead you through a Japanese garden at dawn.
Create a Zen-filled garden haven at home. Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
A boy is with his family holding a paper lantern he made.
Join us for a fun-filled adventure after hours at the Arboretum. Explore the night's theme with a tram ride, hike, and make a lantern with your family to take home. Fridays, July 14, or September 8, or Saturday, August 19, 2017-7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
A close-up view of stir fry greens with white veins.
This fall, grow all the veggies you need to make a delicious stir-fry dinner, and take home a plant or two to get started right away. Saturday, August 19, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Samples of colorful Japanese textured paper.
Make colorful, textured paper using eastern fibers in this Japanese papermaking workshop.Sunday, August 20, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Two women are working on a Japanese style floral arrangement called Ikebana.
Capture the graceful curve of fall leaves and boughs, the delightful color of berries, or the lightness of a cloud through Ikebana -- the art of Japanese flower arranging at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, September 23, 2017, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.