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  • Plant Health Care Report Issue 2013-04

    The Scouting Report of The Morton Arboretum for May 10, 2013.
  • Plant Health Care Report Issue 2013-03

    The Scouting Report of The Morton Arboretum for May 3, 2013.
  • Have your best garden yet

    Turn to the Plant Clinic for advice to get your garden off to a great start.
  • Look beyond spring bloom

    Think ahead in spring and plant shrubs you can enjoy all year long.
  • Choose plants to safeguard woodlands

    It’s the gardener’s prerogative to decide what to plant. But what we don’t plant is important too.
  • Drying out and getting back to blooming

    Quick thinking and hard work have helped The Morton Arboretum move on from record flooding.
  • THE FACTS ON THE EMERALD ASH BORER

    As Chicago presents a new plan to treat its ash trees for the Emerald ash borer, The Morton Arboretum wants to remind media and homeowners of the facts about these insects.
  • Plant Health Care Report Issue 2013-02

    The Scouting Report of The Morton Arboretum for April 19, 2013.
  • OAK TREE RESEARCHER FROM THE MORTON ARBORETUM AWARDED FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP

    The Morton Arboretum is pleased to announce that Senior Research Scientist Andrew L. Hipp, Ph.D., has been named a 2013-2014 Fulbright Scholar. This is the first Fulbright awarded to a researcher at the Arboretum.
  • Plant Health Care Report Issue 2013-01

    The Scouting Report of The Morton Arboretum for April 5, 2013.
  • The Stories Behind the Tributes

    As you explore the Arboretum, have you ever paused in front of a tribute marker and wondered at the story behind that tree, bench, brick, or book?
  • Celebrate, Honor, and Remember

    Spring is a time to celebrate. As Mother’s and Father’s Day, weddings, anniversaries, graduations and the like draw near, it can be difficult to pick out just the right gift. This year, consider a tribute gift: a unique way to celebrate special occasions.
     
    Choose from a list of existing trees that the Arboretum has available for dedication.
  • Best Spring Hikes

    Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Arboretum’s spring landscape with these wonderful walks.
  • Why Arbor Day?

    How one tree lover changed the world through planting trees.
  • Delightful and Durable

    The show-stopping bloom on new hydrangea shrubs in the Members’ Exclusive Plant Sale Catalog can’t be shut down even by harsh Chicago winters.
  • Stewards of the Woods

    It takes a special kind of dedication to become a Woodland Steward.
  • The History of the Sterling Morton Library

    A library has been an important feature of the Arboretum since its beginning.
  • THE MORTON ARBORETUM ACHIEVES MUSEUM ACCREDITATION

    The Morton Arboretum has received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition for a museum. Accreditation signifies excellence to the public as well as the Arboretum’s funding audience, professional community and government and other agencies.
  • Help Your Community Help Trees

    The Community Trees Program supports towns, parks, school districts, community groups, and individuals in caring for the urban forest.
  • Dormant Pruning Tips

    Kunso Kim, head of collections and curator, suggests you consider these different approaches.
     
    Selective pruning: To shape the shrub or control its size somewhat, go branch by branch, choosing the branches you want to keep and removing those that are too long, superfluous or causing a tangle. Using sharp, clean pruners, prune just above the place where one stem branches off from another; don’t cut in the middle of a branch between joints, which will cause bristly, unsightly growth.