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  • NEWS RELEASE: ILLUMINATION: TREE LIGHTS AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM RETURNS WITH NEW WAYS TO SEE TREES IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT

    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.
  • NEWS RELEASE: THE MORTON ARBORETUM ADMINISTERS $211,000 IN FEDERAL GRANTS TO HELP CHICAGO-AREA COMMUNITIES REPLACE TREES LOST TO EMERALD ASH BORER

    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.
  • NEWS RELEASE: MORTON ARBORETUM RESEARCHERS RECOGNIZED WITH PROMINENT APPOINTMENTS, EXPANDED LEADERSHIP ROLES

    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.
  • NEWS RELEASE: THE MORTON ARBORETUM’S PLANT CLINIC CALLS ATTENTION TO IMPORTANCE OF TREE DIVERSITY

    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.
  • NEWS RELEASE: NEW STUDY SHOWS SURPRISING SPREAD OF SPRING LEAF-OUT TIMES

    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.
  • NEWS RELEASE: ART & SCIENCE DINNER PARTY RAISES $230,000 FOR PROGRAMS OF THE MORTON ARBORETUM

    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.