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  • 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.
  • Maple Syrup's On Tap This Spring

    Experience maple tapping and the making of maple syrup in all its stages at our annual Maple Tapping Pancake Picnic.

    LISLE, Ill. (February 5, 2014) – 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.


  • Arbor Day Plant Sale frequently asked questions

    What is The Morton Arboretum’s Arbor Day Plant Sale? The Arbor Day Plant Sale is an opportunity to choose from among hundreds of trees, shrubs, perennials, herbs, and vegetables, all chosen by Arboretum experts for success in Chicago-area gardens. This year, the plant sale it will be held on April 25–27, 2014. Get all the details from this FAQ.