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  • NEWS RELEASE: THE MORTON ARBORETUM’S NEW APP OFFERS MEMBERS, VISITORS A FRESH LOOK AT ITS 1,700 ACRES

    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.
  • NEWS RELEASE: LOOK UP AND LEARN! COLORFUL TAGS TO ADORN THOUSANDS OF CHICAGO TREES THIS ARBOR DAY, TO RAISE AWARENESS OF TREES

    The Morton Arboretum, The Davey Tree Expert Company and the City of Chicago Partnering On Fourth Annual Tree Tagging Program
  • NEWS RELEASE: THE MORTON ARBORETUM LIBRARY ACQUIRES RARE BOOK OF FRENCH BOTANICAL ART

    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.

  • NEWS RELEASE: JOIN THE MORTON ARBORETUM IN SUPPORT OF WORLD WILDLIFE DAY

    On March 3, we inaugurate World Wildlife Day, designated by the United Nations to raise awareness of wild animals and plants—from ivory to ebony—worldwide.  This day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the intrinsic value of all living things and remember that the well-being of humans is inextricably tied to the well-being of nature.

  • Too cold for people, but not for plants

    A cold, shivery winter like this one often makes gardeners worry about their plants. But in fact, plants probably suffer less than people, says Doris Taylor, Plant Clinic manager at The Morton Arboretum.
  • 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.
  • NEWS RELEASE: MORTON ARBORETUM COMMUNITY OUTREACH VISITS HELP PROTECT NORTHERN ILLINOIS TREES

    LISLE, Ill. (February 3, 2014) – To help communities effectively plan, manage and care for trees, the Morton Arboretum’s Community Trees Program is holding a series of outreach visits in cities across northern Illinois. Over the next few months, representatives from the Community Trees Program will offer workshops and resources to more than 50 cities to help provide guidance to ensure proper planning and maintenance for area trees.
  • Getting answers at the Plant Clinic

    At any season of the year, the Plant Clinic of The Morton Arboretum is ready to help homeowners and professionals have lovely and useful gardens and healthy trees and plants.

  • NEWS RELEASE: 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.
  • What your garden is up to in winter

    The garden may have dimmed for the winter, but it hasn’t turned off entirely. From green evergreen needles that are still gathering sunlight to make food, to buds already formed at the tips of twigs, to animals busy beneath the snow, to seeds in the soil waiting for springtime, there's secret life in the winter garden.
  • 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.
  • 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.