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  • The Chicago Wilderness alliance recently honored The Morton Arboretum for achieving the Excellence in Ecological Restoration accreditation. The Chicago Wilderness Excellence in Ecological Restoration program showcases excellence in conservation leadership and site-based restoration by recognizing high-quality natural areas and the organizations that manage them.
  • The ArbNet team is pleased to announce the launch of an updated ArbNet website, featuring a new look and feel with improved functionality. Users will now find it easier to locate ArbNet’s most sought-after information, now organized around “channels”: Accreditation, Morton Register, Resources and News.
  • The Plant Clinic at The Morton Arboretum fields nearly 1,400 questions a year, and in the winter months, pruning is a popular topic. Best done during the winter, pruning is a simple task that will help your bushes and trees stay healthy all year long.
  • The Morton Arboretum is a great place to visit all year-round, and is especially beautiful in the winter months. And with new winter rates, visitors can enjoy all the Arboretum has to offer in the winter, for less.
  • Darrell B. Jackson, president and CEO at Seaway Bank and Trust, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees at The Morton Arboretum. He succeeds W. Robert Reum, chairman, president and CEO of Amsted Industries, who served in that role for the past 13 years.
  • Ever wonder where the Arboretum’s plants came from? The Morton Arboretum’s newest exhibit, Plant Hunters, offers a fun look at plant exploration and collecting. Housed at the Sterling Morton Library, the new library exhibit not only highlights the crucial research that takes place at The Morton Arboretum but brings awareness to the work of other notable plant researchers throughout history.
  • The Morton Arboretum has been awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to migrate its Living Collections and Herbarium data to the Botanical Research And Herbarium Management System known as BRAHMS. The Morton Arboretum is the first U.S-based arboreta to employ BRAHMS, which was developed at the University of Oxford.
  • Trees are good, right? Planting trees is the right thing to do. They make the world greener, healthier, and more beautiful. That is what we know and promote at The Morton Arboretum.

  • The first lights event to take place at The Morton Arboretum, Illumination has welcomed more than 356,000 visitors from 40 states since its 2013 debut season.
  • This November, 50 acres of vibrant LED lights will once again transform The Morton Arboretum’s treescape into a winter wonderland of color and nature, as Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum returns for its second year.
  • The Morton Arboretum’s Community Trees Program has approved $211,000 in matching grants for northern Illinois communities within the Lake Michigan watershed to help restore the tree canopy lost to the emerald ash borer.
  • Two members of The Morton Arboretum’s research team have been recently honored with high-profile appointments, bolstering the Arboretum’s leadership in global tree research and conservation.
  • A tiny metallic green pest not even the size of a penny, the emerald ash borer hardly seems capable of the destruction it has brought to the area. But millions of significantly weakened and dead ash trees throughout the seven-county Chicago region tell a different story.
  • Despite conventional wisdom among gardeners, foresters and botanists that woody plants all “leaf out” at about the same time each spring, a new study co-authored by Morton Arboretum researcher Robert Fahey found a surprisingly wide span of as much as three months in leaf-out times. Significantly, observations the past two springs of 1,597 woody plants in eight botanical gardens in the U.S., Canada, Germany and China suggest that species differences in leaf-out times could impact the length of the growing season and the activities of birds, insect and other animals and therefore must be factored into climate-change model predictions.
  • LISLE, Ill. (May 15, 2014) – On Saturday, May 10, more than 300 guests supported the tree-focused work of The Morton Arboretum during the annual fundraising Dinner Party that this year featured the theme of Art & Science. The event raised $230,000 in support of the Arboretum’s programs and its mission to save and plant trees for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.
  • LISLE, Ill. (May 12, 2014)— The Morton Arboretum has released a new handbook, “Retrofitting Large Landscapes for Sustainability,” offering industry professionals guidelines and ideas to help incorporate sustainable practices into landscape design. Developed for property managers, homeowner associations, school and park district boards and other stewards of large properties, the free manual highlights cost-effective ways to make landscapes easier to maintain, while reducing landscapes’ adverse impacts on the environment. In addition, the handbook addresses alternatives to chemical treatments as well as the importance of selecting plants to suit the given climate and conditions.
  • LISLE, Ill. (April 17, 2014) — Each year, The Morton Arboretum’s grounds erupt with fragrant blooming flowers and woody plants. Ed Hedborn, Manager of Plant Records, monitors and reports on the Arboretum’s blooms each week during the spring season. For the latest bloom updates from the Arboretum, call the Bloom 'n Color Hotline at 630-719-7955.
  • LISLE, Ill. (MARCH 28, 2014)—The Morton Arboretum has released its first-ever mobile app, featuring an easy-to-navigate menu of options that includes a GPS-coordinated map pinpointing the Arboretum’s most popular points of interest. Also at visitors’ fingertips is information about the Arboretum’s events, exhibits and classes for all ages, as well as self-guided tours.
  • The Morton Arboretum, The Davey Tree Expert Company and the City of Chicago Partnering On Fourth Annual Tree Tagging Program
  • LISLE, Ill. (March 6, 2014) – The Sterling Morton Library at The Morton Arboretum has obtained a rare botanical work, Flore des Jardiniers, Amateurs et Manufacturiers. Published in Paris in 1836, the book contains hand-colored engravings based on illustrations created by Pancrace Bessa, a French natural history artist. Best known for his botanical artwork, worldwide less than 15 copies of this work can be found in library catalogs.