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- Lining city streets and dotting parks and open spaces, trees are silent champions. They pluck pollutants out of the air, create a greater sense of safety and community in our neighborhoods and add natural beauty to our cities. But in an urban forest, defined as trees that live alongside people in larger cities and suburbs, trees are challenged to survive without human intervention and care.
- Each spring, trees, shrubs, bulbs and wildflowers bloom throughout the The Morton Arboretum’s 1,700 acres. Ed Hedborn, Manager of Plant Records, reports on what’s blooming each week throughout the season. For the latest updates on what’s blooming at the Arboretum, call the Bloom 'n Color Hotline at 630-719-7955.
- A national holiday to commemorate trees, Arbor Day has significant meaning at The Morton Arboretum. Founded by the Morton family as a holiday to celebrate trees, April 29 is an important time to reflect on all trees brings to our daily lives, including cleaner air and water, a stronger sense of community and natural beauty.
- The Morton Arboretum will celebrate its signature holiday with the return of its annual Arbor Day Plant Sale, open to the public April 30-May 1. Featuring more than 350 different types of trees and plants, the sale is one of the largest in the Chicago region and draws hundreds seeking plants specially chosen by the Arboretum’s expert staff for Chicago-area gardens.
- The Morton Arboretum has a new kind of scientist on staff: a treeologist. The job, according to the Arboretum's first treeologist, Jessica B. Turner, is to help the public understand the benefits of trees, key concepts about tree science and conservation, and the exciting research underway at the Arboretum.
- Peep! Peep! Peep! What’s that high-pitched sound? Are there baby chickens around here? More likely, what you’re hearing on an early spring day at The Morton Arboretum is the mating call of a spring peeper—a tiny frog, about an inch long, that lives near the lakes and marshes. You can hear them in the East Woods or near Crowley Marsh or any water at the Arboretum.
- On April 8, we will welcome the 23 larger-than-life frogs of Ribbit! The Exhibit. In celebration, the staff of The Arboretum Store has been on the hunt for unique frog-themed products for the home and garden. Shoppers are also invited to head to the store's children's section for fun items for all ages.
- As part of the Growing Brilliantly Campaign, the Arboretum is constructing new facilities at South Farm, a staff work area located to the southwest of the Visitor Center.
- Early spring in Chicago often brings spells of warm weather. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to start gardening, says Doris Taylor, Plant Clinic manager at The Morton Arboretum.
- This May and June, The Morton Arboretum offers a spectacular line-up of special events, children and family programs and adult classes. On May 5, celebrate the holiday with our first-ever Cinco de Mayo Dinner. May also brings our popular Tails on the Trails, one of the few days dogs can enjoy the Arboretum. Visitors can bring their pups for a day of hiking, pet demonstrations, and a pet expo.
- As spring arrives, you may start to notice brown patches on some evergreen shrubs. They’re likely to become more noticeable against the green of the garden as leaves open on other plants.
- On Sunday, April 24, run for a greener, healthier, more beautiful world during The Morton Arboretum’s sixth-annual 10K race. With a new name, The Champion of Trees 10K is the Arboretum’s first nod to the start of spring, taking participants on a challenging and scenic run through the Arboretum’s beautiful grounds in support of the institution’s programs and research initiatives.
- The Morton Arboretum celebrates winter and spring with family-friendly events, programs and classes. Visitors are looking forward to bringing their four-legged friends to the next Dog Admission Day March 5. Couples will romance at the Valentine’s Day Dinner Feb. 13-14. Little ones will enjoy Breakfast with the Bunny March 25-26 and everyone will savor Easter Brunch March 27. The Arboretum’s celebration of trees includes The Champion of Trees 10K Run on April 24, and a visit from Curious George, plant sale and activities in the Children’s Garden all day long on Arbor Day, April 29.
- Registration is underway for The Morton Arboretum’s 2016 Summer Science Camp, which promotes active learning and outdoor exploration all summer long. This season features more than 100 camps for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade. From June 6 through August 12, each week-long camp will immerse kids in the world of nature as they play the part of environmental avenger, build a forest fort or even wade through wetlands in search of critters that live underwater.
- The Morton Arboretum will be “hopping” this spring and summer with the presentation of Ribbit! The Exhibit, a whimsical collection of larger-than-life copper frog sculptures on display from April 8 through September 25, 2016.
- The Morton Arboretum and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are partnering on a project to restore a 1.5-mile section of the East Branch of the DuPage River that runs through the Arboretum. The goal is to improve the environmental health of the river and its surrounding ecosystem, creating better conditions for trees, wildlife, and their habitat.
February is a time for love and poetry. So we thought we’d share some of our favorite poetry about the love of trees.
- The Morton Arboretum has joined Museums for All, a program of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), designed to encourage families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits.
What is Museums for All?
Museums for All is a cooperative initiative between the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) to encourage increased and regular museum attendance by low-income and underserved families. The Morton Arboretum is one of only two cultural institutions in the state of Illinois and currently the only public garden in the nation to sign on to this innovative community-engagement initiative. The program launched at the Arboretum on January 1, 2016.
- The gardening year begins in winter, with learning, planning, and shopping. Now is the time to prepare for a more beautiful garden in spring and all through the season.