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  • The History of the Sterling Morton Library

    A library has been an important feature of the Arboretum since its beginning.
  • Help Your Community Help Trees

    The Community Trees Program supports towns, parks, school districts, community groups, and individuals in caring for the urban forest.
  • Dormant Pruning Tips

    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.
  • Prime Time for Pruning

    Late winter is an excellent time to prune shrubs and trees, while they are safely dormant.
  • Bringing Bloom Indoors

    Force branches of flowering shrubs indoors for an early shot of spring bloom.
  • Maples at The Morton Arboretum

    Maples are one of the most prominent trees in any Midwestern landscape, certainly on our grounds here at The Morton Arboretum.
  • A Special New Sugar Maple

    The new Crescendo sugar maple from Chicagoland Grows® could make an excellent replacement for ash trees lost to emerald ash borer.
  • 5 Outdoor Exercising Tips

    Never mind the cold: Arb staff offer five tips for the best winter workout clothes designed to make outdoor exercise as comfortable as possible.
  • Learn More about China and Climate Science

    Learn more about how plants from China have entered our gardens and how plants are responding to climate change.
  • Plan Ahead for a Living Tree

    Advance preparation is key to having a tree you can plant outdoors after the holiday.
  • Cutting Your Own Tree

    A family-fun trip to the tree farm goes best with this advice.
  • Bringing the Best to Your Neighborhood

    ‘China Snow’ tree lilac shows how long journeys can lead to good trees.
  • Where to Find Them

    Trees brought back from China find a home on the Arboretum’s grounds.
  • A World of Plants

    Intrepid collectors have brought plants from around the globe to the Arboretum and your garden.
  • Composting at the Ginkgo Restaurant

    The Ginkgo Restaurant’s new composting initiative results in a significant reduction of garbage output.
  • What’s Your Favorite Spot?

    Arboretum Facebook fans write about their favorite spots surrounded by 1,700 acres of trees.
  • Paying Tribute to Loved Ones

    A tribute bench is a great way to honor a special friend or family member.
  • Mulching for the Winter

    A layer of mulch can insulate and improve the soil.
  • The Arb Love (and Friendship) Connection

    Arboretum Facebook fans write about friendships and love celebrated under the 1,700-acre canopy of trees.
  • Gardening in Autumn

    Wind up this year’s garden and get a start on next year’s.