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May T. Watts Reading Garden

May T Watts Reading Garden at The Morton Arboretum
An intimate garden named in honor of May Theilgaard Watts, a long-time educator, ecologist, and environmentalist at The Morton Arboretum, is tucked away next to the library. It is is ideal for reading or browsing through one of the library's many fine books or reading one of your own.


The May Watts Reading Garden is open seven days a week. The garden can be entered from the Sterling Morton Library. Or, when the library is closed on Sunday and Mondays, you can reach the garden through the entrance gate on the north side.

The garden was designed by Watts and librarian Mary Moulton and contains intriguing and unusual plants. They include May T. Watts hosta (Hosta 'May T. Watts'), Orange Meadowbrite™ coneflower (Echinacea 'Art's Pride'), and, against the library's walls, magnificent espaliers of dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) and ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba).