Fall color is excellent this week at The Morton Arboretum, with some of the best reds, yellows, oranges, and golds of the season. The warm, bright sunny days and cool nights we had earlier have brightened our landscapes. Color is especially good in the Arboretum’s Maple Collection; the East Woods; the Lake Marmo and Sterling Pond areas; and the Schulenberg Prairie.
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- This week, fall color has come in force to The Morton Arboretum, even though our weather has been cool and wet. Visitors in the coming two weeks, including this weekend’s Glass Pumpkin Patch, will see some of the best color of our season. The warm, bright sunny days and cool nights we had earlier have brightened our landscape. More color is showing in our collections this week, especially in the Maple Collection and in our natural areas in the East Woods; around Lake Marmo and Sterling Pond; and in our Schulenberg Prairie. Sugar maples especially are showing rich hues of orange and red.
- Ever wonder where the Arboretum’s plants came from? The Morton Arboretum’s newest exhibit, Plant Hunters, offers a fun look at plant exploration and collecting. Housed at the Sterling Morton Library, the new library exhibit not only highlights the crucial research that takes place at The Morton Arboretum but brings awareness to the work of other notable plant researchers throughout history.
- The Morton Arboretum has been awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to migrate its Living Collections and Herbarium data to the Botanical Research And Herbarium Management System known as BRAHMS. The Morton Arboretum is the first U.S-based arboreta to employ BRAHMS, which was developed at the University of Oxford.
- Each year, The Morton Arboretum’s trees are a prime stop for area leaf-peepers, as many of the Arboretum’s 4,200 varieties of trees turn a brilliant palette of vibrant reds, oranges and golds. Ed Hedborn is the Arboretum’s official Fall Color Scout and reports on the Arboretum’s color each week during the season. For the latest fall color updates from the Arboretum, call the Bloom 'n Color Hotline at 630-719-7955.