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Seasons

  • Great shrubs

    Suggestions for shrubs from the Spring 2014 issue of Seasons, the member magazine of The Morton Arboretum.
  • Tales the rings tell

    Long ago, in an old forest in Northern Michigan, a tree fell down. Suddenly the forest floor was flooded with sunlight, and dozens of tiny white pine seedlings sprinted toward the sky. From the Spring 2014 issue of Seasons, the member magazine of The Morton Arboretum.
  • By the side of the trail

    In earliest spring, before flowers and leaves brighten the forest, there’s already a bustling world beneath the brown leaves. From the Spring 2014 issue of Seasons, the member magazine of The Morton Arboretum.
  • A time to hug a tree

    Trees do so much to make our lives and our communities better. To honor their gifts, The Morton Arboretum celebrates Arbor Day, the last Friday in April, as its signature holiday. From the Spring 2014 issue of Seasons, the member magazine of The Morton Arboretum.
  • How a tree grows

    How does a tree grow? Here is the story of a spruce tree. From the Spring 2014 issue of Seasons, the member newsletter of The Morton Arboretum.
  • History and artistry

    A rare volume of botanical illustrations by the artist Pancrace Bessa (1772-1846) has been added to the Special Collection of The Morton Arboretum's Sterling Morton Library as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. The Arboretum has been collecting rare botanical books since it was established in 1922, and botanical art has been a specialty since the Sterling Morton Library was dedicated in 1963.
  • Winter is prime pruning time

    Winter is a fine time to prune shrubs. When the leaves are gone, you can see the true form of the plant to help you choose which branch to cut, says Kunso Kim, head of collections and curator at The Morton Arboretum. How you prune will depend on each shrub’s situation.
  • Protect your plants from animals over the winter

    Animals that need food to survive the winter can take a toll on perennials, shrubs, and young trees. Simple steps can minimize the damage, according to Peter Linsner, who is in charge of animal control at The Morton Arboretum.
  • Cones are time-tested packaging

    What is a pine or spruce cone? Think of it as an egg carton. Each of the layered scales once created a sealed compartment for one or two seeds. You can find many sizes and shapes of cones among the more than 100 kinds of trees in the Conifer Collection at The Morton Arboretum. Their ancestry is ancient: Conifer fossils go back 300 million years.
  • A museum of trees

    At The Morton Arboretum, groves of trees in the rolling landscape are collections, purposefully assembled from around the world. Trees that would never grow together in nature—that may have evolved on opposite sides of the globe—are gathered here to serve science and, perhaps, to save their species.