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  • Winners announced in the Brick by Brick Photo Contest

    Dozens of LEGO® enthusiasts shared their wonderful nature-inspired LEGO brick masterpieces with us in our Brick by Brick Photo Contest.

  • The mysteries of fall color revealed

    All across The Morton Arboretum in the fall, trees are changing color. Some trees light up the hillsides like red flames. In other places, a walk in the woods surround you with gold. Why do leaves change color before they fall in autumn? And why do they turn different colors?
  • Consider your yard's trees when planting bulbs this fall

    When you’re planting bulbs this fall for spring color, consider the trees. Certain bulbs make better companions for trees than others, according to Doris Taylor, plant clinic manager at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
  • Five shrubs to plant in fall

    September is a fine time to plant trees and shrubs and to divide perennials, according to The Morton Arboretum’s Plant Clinic.
  • The journey of 13-larger-than-life LEGO® brick sculptures

    How does someone move a Galapagos tortoise built from more than 23,000 LEGO® bricks and measuring more than five feet long to an island surrounded by pond water? Very carefully and with the help of some friends, as it turns out.
  • TreeKeepers Help Local Community In The Wake Of Emerald Ash Borer

    Hopeful young oaks and hackberries are taking root in the Lincoln Hill subdivision in unincorporated Milton Township south of Glen Ellyn. They’re a sign of progress, made with help from The Morton Arboretum, toward recovery from the scourge of the emerald ash borer.
  • Beware of summer garden pests

    In summer, the garden is abuzz with insect life. Most insects are harmless or beneficial to plants, but a few can cause considerable damage, says Sharon Yiesla, Plant Clinic assistant. You should monitor your garden for problems and insects you don’t recognize.
  • Father's Day gift guide

    This Father’s Day, find a gift dad will love at The Arboretum Store, which features hundreds of distinctive, nature-themed items.
  • Five tips for new plant care

    So, you’ve finished your spring plantings of trees, shrubs, and perennials. Now it’s time to care for them so they get a good start.
  • New study from The Morton Arboretum reveals Chicagoans' take on trees

    Chicago and its seven surrounding counties have more than 150 million trees – trees that make our communities healthier, more sustainable and more beautiful. Yet Chicago-area trees are under threat, with one of every five parkway trees likely to soon be destroyed by the emerald ash borer beetle.
  • The Morton Arboretum celebrates Arbor Day 2015

    This year, The Morton Arboretum celebrated its signature holiday, Arbor Day, with a host of exciting events.
  • How to be a tree champion

    Trees need champions every day. How can you stand up for trees? Here are some concrete suggestions for how you can help the trees in your yard, your neighborhood, and your community.
  • You can help trees

    Trees need our help to live long and strong. As we look forward to Arbor Day on Friday, April 24, here are a few things you can do to help the trees in your yard and your neighborhood.
  • The Arboretum's history comes alive with special, hand-picked items

    The Morton Arboretum has a long and storied history. Originally the estate of the Morton family, owners of Chicago-based Morton Salt Company, the Arboretum is a place where scientists, architects, artists and others have left lasting impressions, helping to carry the Arboretum forward in its mission to protect, care for and plant trees.
  • Preparing for spring at The Morton Arboretum

    March 20 marks the first official day of spring. As ice melts and soil thaws, the Arboretum’s horticulturists ready for the growing season.
  • Look closely to see that spring is here

    Signs of spring at The Morton Arboretum may be subtle, but they’re here. Some plants, such as vernal witch-hazel (Hamamelis vernalis) and winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima), may bloom while we're still in winter boots, said Doris Taylor, plant information specialist at The Morton Arboretum.
  • Art and fun come together in Arboretum Uncorked

    Nature is the ultimate muse. Visitors look for inspiration in the Arboretum’s landscapes and at this time of year, they find it in a forest blanketed in sparking snow or in the light from a mid-morning sun as it peeks through bare branches.
  • Great reads from the Sterling Morton Library

    The Sterling Morton Library is a treasure trove. Discover all it has to offer as well as these staff recommended titles the next time you’re here.
  • Be alert to animal damage in the garden

    Animals that need food to survive the winter can take a toll on shrubs and young trees, but you can take simple steps to minimize the damage. Peter Linsner, who is in charge of controlling animal damage at The Morton Arboretum, offers these tips:
  • Help your Christmas tree live on

    If you make sure your Christmas tree is recycled into mulch or compost to improve soil and protect plants, you’ll know it didn’t go to waste.