Articles and stories
- This March, The Morton Arboretum will debut its Edible Gardening Workshop series, aimed at providing unique and creative ideas for adding edible plants and trees to a landscape or backyard garden. This five-part workshop series takes place on Saturdays throughout March and April, and each course is taught by recognized plant and garden experts.
Suggestions for shrubs from the Spring 2014 issue of Seasons, the member magazine of The Morton Arboretum.
The Japanese maple is seductively lovely. Small and easy to find a spot for, relatively shade-tolerant, with beautiful lacy foliage that turns brilliant red or yellow in fall, the hundreds of cultivars of Acer palmatum are hard to resist.
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.
The tree that fell has long since rotted away, but we know it was there. How? Because of the tales that tree rings tell.
As you wander in a woodland spring,
consider the wonders of the world at your feet
In earliest spring, before flowers and leaves brighten the forest, there’s already a bustling world beneath the brown leaves at the edge of any trail in The Morton Arboretum’s East Woods.
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.
Arbor Day was founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton, the father of Arboretum founder Joy Morton, to encourage the planting and protection of trees.
How does a tree grow? Here is the story of a spruce tree:
The seed is a little brown bump. Inside, a tiny tree is curled up, waiting.
When springtime brings warmth and water, the tiny tree wakes up. It uses the food inside the seed for fuel as it begins to stretch and breaks out of its brown coat.
A green shoot reaches up, up, up, through the soil, out into the fresh air and sunlight. At the same time, the first roots reach down into the earth.