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  • NEWS RELEASE: THE MORTON ARBORETUM LAUNCHES ACCESS PROGRAM FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

    The Morton Arboretum has joined Museums for All, a program of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), designed to encourage families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits.
  • Museums for All - frequently asked questions

    What is Museums for All?

    Museums for All is a cooperative initiative between the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) to encourage increased and regular museum attendance by low-income and underserved families. The Morton Arboretum is one of only two cultural institutions in the state of Illinois and currently the only public garden in the nation to sign on to this innovative community-engagement initiative. The program launched at the Arboretum on January 1, 2016.

  • One Million Tree Champions and Growing!

    The Morton Arboretum, an outdoor museum and living tree laboratory outside of Chicago, Illinois, welcomed more than one million visitors in 2015, reaching this single-year milestone for the first time in its 93-year history.
  • NEWS RELEASE: THE MORTON ARBORETUM INTRODUCES FIRST-EVER ARBORETUM BEER

    This month, The Morton Arboretum will introduce Arbor Oak Amber Ale, its first-ever namesake beer. Brewed in partnership with Chicago’s Lake Effect Brewing Co. using oak from the Arboretum’s grounds and Wisconsin special-roast malts, the new beer is a perfect blend of seasonal flavors.
  • BLOOM REPORT: AS OF MAY 1, 2015

    Each spring, trees, shrubs, bulbs and wildflowers bloom throughout the The Morton Arboretum’s 1,700 acres. Ed Hedborn, Manager of Plant Records, reports on what’s blooming each week throughout the season. For the latest updates on what’s blooming at the Arboretum, call the Bloom 'n Color Hotline at 630-719-7955.
  • BLOOM REPORT: AS OF APRIL 27, 2015

    Each spring, trees, shrubs, bulbs and wildflowers bloom throughout the The Morton Arboretum’s 1,700 acres. Ed Hedborn, Manager of Plant Records, reports on what’s blooming each week throughout the season. For the latest updates on what’s blooming at the Arboretum, call the Bloom 'n Color Hotline at 630-719-7955.
  • BLOOM REPORT: WEEK OF APRIL 17, 2015

    Each spring, trees, shrubs, bulbs and wildflowers bloom throughout the The Morton Arboretum’s 1,700 acres. Ed Hedborn, Manager of Plant Records, reports on what’s blooming each week throughout the season. For the latest updates on what’s blooming at the Arboretum, call the Bloom 'n Color Hotline at 630-719-7955.
  • Fun Facts about Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® bricks by Sean Kenney

    The only Chicago-area appearance of Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® bricks by Sean Kenney is at The Morton Arboretum from Friday, July 17, through Sunday, November 1, 2015! Here are some amazing facts about these LEGO brick sculptures crafted by Sean Kenney, the world’s first LEGO Certified Professional.
  • Arbor Day Plant Sale frequently asked questions

    Arbor Day Plant Sale 2016 frequently asked questions.
  • How to read a plant label

    Each accessioned plant has a small metal tag attached on its south side. These labels include the plant's name, location, and accession number.
  • BLOOM REPORT FROM THE MORTON ARBORETUM: WEEK OF APRIL 28

    LISLE, Ill. (April 29, 2014) — Each spring, trees, shrubs, bulbs and wildflowers bloom throughout the The Morton Arboretum’s 1,700 acres. Ed Hedborn, Manager of Plant Records, reports on what’s blooming each week throughout the season.
  • NEWS RELEASE: BLOOM REPORT FROM THE MORTON ARBORETUM: WEEK OF APRIL 11

    LISLE, Ill. (April 17, 2014) — Each year, The Morton Arboretum’s grounds erupt with fragrant blooming flowers and woody plants. Ed Hedborn, Manager of Plant Records, monitors and reports on the Arboretum’s blooms each week during the spring season. For the latest bloom updates from the Arboretum, call the Bloom 'n Color Hotline at 630-719-7955.
  • Getting answers at the Plant Clinic

    At any season of the year, the Plant Clinic of The Morton Arboretum is ready to help homeowners and professionals have lovely and useful gardens and healthy trees and plants.

  • Illumination: Behind the Scenes

    Many have asked how the Arboretum created Illumination, our first lights event. To bring our vision to life, the Arboretum partnered with top lighting design firm Lightswitch, a company that’s created lighting experiences for institutions around the world, including Virgin Galactic and the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Illumination: The experience

    Illumination will engage your senses with dazzling projections, trees that respond to your touch and sound, and vivid, electric colors throughout. Here are tips and tools to make the most of your experience.
  • Best Winter Hikes

    Stressed and looking for a prescription for tranquility? Consider a long quiet walk through the woods.
  • Hikes at The Morton Arboretum

    Hikes at The Morton Arboretum. Get out and explore the Arboretum's 16 miles of paved or wood-chipped trails.
  • Thanksgiving recipes from the Arboretum chef

    Make your Thanksgiving meal one to remember with these recipe ideas from Chef Jean-Louis Clerc, the mastermind in The Morton Arboretum's Ginkgo Restaurant kitchen.
  • Day-after-Thanksgiving recipes from the Arboretum’s chef

    Give your Thanksgiving leftovers a creative twist with these recipes from Chef Jean-Louis Clerc of the Ginkgo Restaurant. Or ditch the kitchen for a day and take the family out to The Morton Arboretum for lunch and a hike!