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  • The gardening year begins in winter, with learning, planning, and shopping. Now is the time to prepare for a more beautiful garden in spring and all through the season.
  • Hopeful young oaks and hackberries are taking root in the Lincoln Hill subdivision in unincorporated Milton Township south of Glen Ellyn.
  • Arbor Day Plant Sale 2016 frequently asked questions.
  • Each accessioned plant has a small metal tag attached on its south side. These labels include the plant's name, location, and accession number.
  • LISLE, Ill. (February 3, 2014) – To help communities effectively plan, manage and care for trees, the Morton Arboretum’s Community Trees Program is holding a series of outreach visits in cities across northern Illinois. Over the next few months, representatives from the Community Trees Program will offer workshops and resources to more than 50 cities to help provide guidance to ensure proper planning and maintenance for area trees.
  • 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.

  • The same pots that burst with bright annuals this summer can provide color, texture, and interest this winter, according to Abigail Rea, manager of horticulture at The Morton Arboretum. Many of the materials can be found right in your garden. Rea offers tips for interesting holiday containers.
  • Don’t forget to keep watering as the season draws to a close. It’s especially important to water evergreens and any trees, shrubs, or perennials planted within the last two years, says Sharon Yiesla, Plant Clinic assistant at The Morton Arboretum.
  • The Morton Arboretum provides tips for safely decorating your yard with holiday lights this fall, taking care to avoid harming people or plants.
  • What’s your offensive garden strategy? For winning plants, keep an eye out for these pests and diseases this July.
  • The Arboretum’s new tree breeder has his eye on the landscapes of the future.
  • Turn to the Plant Clinic for advice to get your garden off to a great start.
  • Think ahead in spring and plant shrubs you can enjoy all year long.
  • It’s the gardener’s prerogative to decide what to plant. But what we don’t plant is important too.
  • As Chicago presents a new plan to treat its ash trees for the Emerald ash borer, The Morton Arboretum wants to remind media and homeowners of the facts about these insects.
  • The show-stopping bloom on new hydrangea shrubs in the Members’ Exclusive Plant Sale Catalog can’t be shut down even by harsh Chicago winters.
  • The Community Trees Program supports towns, parks, school districts, community groups, and individuals in caring for the urban forest.
  • Kunso Kim, head of collections and curator, suggests you consider these different approaches.
    Selective pruning: To shape the shrub or control its size somewhat, go branch by branch, choosing the branches you want to keep and removing those that are too long, superfluous or causing a tangle. Using sharp, clean pruners, prune just above the place where one stem branches off from another; don’t cut in the middle of a branch between joints, which will cause bristly, unsightly growth.
  • Late winter is an excellent time to prune shrubs and trees, while they are safely dormant.
  • Force branches of flowering shrubs indoors for an early shot of spring bloom.