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  • Trees Do Make The World Better

    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 MORTON ARBORETUM OFFERS WORKSHOP TO RAISE AWARENESS OF ILLINOIS’ INVASIVE SPECIES

    LISLE, Ill. (March 10, 2014) – From talked-about pests like the emerald ash borer and Asian carp to lesser-known invasive plants like the Callery pear, Illinois’ invasive species come in many forms – all serious threats to the state’s economy and ecology.

  • Spring plant sales

    Get the garden of your dreams with trees, shrubs, perennials and edible plants sold through The Morton Arboretum Members' Exclusive Plant Catalog Sale and Arbor Day Plant Sale. Arboretum members will receive the Members' Exclusive Plant Sale catalog by mail in January; advance ordering begins February 3, and plants are picked up on Arbor Day weekend. For more great plants, plan to shop the Arbor Day Plant Sale, open to members and the public, at the Arboretum April 24 through 26, 2015. Every plant you purchase at these sales supports The Morton Arboretum’s goal to encourage the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.
  • UNUSUAL INGREDIENT MAKING EASIER WORK OF SNOW REMOVAL AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM: BEET JUICE

    LISLE, Ill. (January 3, 2014)—When The Morton Arboretum’s P.J. Smith works with his staff to clear snow from the 16 miles of roads and nine miles of trails at the Arboretum, he needs to do it quickly and in the most environmentally friendly manner possible. Smith, construction supervisor in charge of snow removal at The Morton Arboretum, now clears the Arboretum roads with a product containing an unusual ingredient – beet juice – which, when mixed with rock salt, clears the Arboretum’s roads and trails quicker than salt alone.
  • THE MORTON ARBORETUM NAMES NEW TREE CONSERVATION SPECIALIST

    LISLE, Ill. (December 19, 2013) – Murphy Westwood, Ph.D., has joined The Morton Arboretum staff as tree conservation specialist. In this newly established role, Westwood is part of the Arboretum’s Science and Conservation department, focusing on the conservation of endangered tree species both locally and globally.
  • Urban tree study published

    The Morton Arboretum, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, has today released the results of their “Urban Trees and Forests of the Chicago Region” study of trees in the seven-county Chicago region.