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  • How to read a plant label

    The Arboretum grounds are divided into quadrants (see the  The Morton Arboretum Plant Collections map). Letters indicate the grid lines running from south to north, while numbers indicate those from west to east. To find a plant on the grounds, first consult the plant collections catalog for its scientific name and grid locations.

  • Spring plant sales

    Get the garden of your dreams with trees, shrubs, perennials and edible plants sold at the Arbor Day Plant Sale. Every plant you purchase at these sales supports The Morton Arboretum’s goal to encourage the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.
  • Perfect prairie? No, but a pioneer

    When Ray Schulenberg and other Morton Arboretum staff members set out to recreate a prairie on an eight-acre patch of farmland 51 years ago, there were no instructions to follow.
  • Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden Awarded Level I Accreditation By Arbnet Arboretum Accreditation Program

    The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum are pleased to announce that Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden in Annapolis, MD has been awarded a Level I Accreditation. By achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens, Tawes Garden is now recognized as an accredited arboretum in The Morton Register of Arboreta.

  • Why Arbor Day?

    How one tree lover changed the world through planting trees.
  • The History of the Sterling Morton Library

    A library has been an important feature of the Arboretum since its beginning.