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  • Keeping notes (or taking pictures) is a big help in planning to improve your garden. The soil may now be frozen and the weather may be frightful, but it’s not too late to jot down your memories of what worked and what didn't in the past gardening year.
  • Whether it’s hugging a juniper to watch it glow brighter or spinning a wheel to splash color across a canvas of evergreens, Illumination is a spectacle for the senses. But one feature at this year’s event will be trying hard not to catch your eye: Glowman, hidden along the Illumination trail.
  • Your own backyard can provide a bounty of beauty for autumn decorating, including a centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table.
  • October is a spectacular month to check out The Morton Arboretum and our abundant fall color. Enhance your trip to the Arboretum by tuning into these beautiful classical music selections while traveling our 16 miles of trails or winding around our 9 miles of paved roads.
  • With a wealth of trees from so many countries, The Morton Arboretum has historically been a prime leaf-peeping location for locals and tourists. Not many know that better than Ed Hedborn, the Arboretum’s Fall Color Scout. Hedborn, who’s official Arboretum title is manager of plant records and information, has been monitoring fall color for nearly four decades.
  • There’s no better place to be on a hot August day than the shade of a tree. It’s cool and green, full of music from the rustling of leaves and the song of birds. No stress can last long under a tree. It’s true. Researchers have documented many ways that trees lift our spirits and help our health. So let’s enjoy the shade of the trees we have and protect them for summers to come.
  • Looking for a unique way to show your love for The Morton Arboretum? Now you can wear a piece of the Arboretum on your wrist or shoulder, with the introduction of tote bags and wristlets made from recycled Arboretum banners.
  • Spring is prime plant shopping time. Here are some tips from The Morton Arboretum’s Plant Clinic to help you buy the right plants and get them off to a good start.
  • Meander the twists and turns of The Morton Arboretum’s Maze Garden while solving clues about the surrounding trees and plants with The A-MAZE-ing Quest. New at the Arboretum this spring, the fun and educational quest offers visitors a new way to explore the tall lush hedges and the plant rooms hidden within the one-acre labyrinth of the Maze Garden.
  • The Morton Arboretum’s first app, now available for iPhone®, offers Arboretum visitors new and fresh ways to explore our many tree collections, gardens and natural landscapes. Users can enhance their next visit with one of several interactive features available on the app, including a virtual membership card and news page providing information about events and classes at the Arboretum as well as breaking news.
  • A cold, shivery winter like this one often makes gardeners worry about their plants. But in fact, plants probably suffer less than people, says Doris Taylor, Plant Clinic manager at The Morton Arboretum.
  • 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 garden may have dimmed for the winter, but it hasn’t turned off entirely. From green evergreen needles that are still gathering sunlight to make food, to buds already formed at the tips of twigs, to animals busy beneath the snow, to seeds in the soil waiting for springtime, there's secret life in the winter garden.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stressed and looking for a prescription for tranquility? Consider a long quiet walk through the woods.
  • Hikes at The Morton Arboretum. Get out and explore the Arboretum's 16 miles of paved or wood-chipped trails.
  • 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.
  • The Morton Arboretum provides tips for safely decorating your yard with holiday lights this fall, taking care to avoid harming people or plants.
  • 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.