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  • Gardening year begins in winter with learning, planning and shopping

    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.
  • The Morton Arboretum Welcomes 1 Million Visitors In 2015, A New Record

    The Morton Arboretum has welcomed one million visitors in a single year for the first time in its 93-year history. This tops the Arboretum’s previous yearly attendance record of 934,000, set in 2014. Membership has also grown significantly in 2015, to 42,890 member households. The Morton Arboretum is one of only six public gardens in the United States to reach these milestones.
  • One Million Tree Champions and Growing!

    The Morton Arboretum, an outdoor museum and living tree laboratory outside of Chicago, Illinois, welcomed more than one million visitors in 2015, reaching this single-year milestone for the first time in its 93-year history.
  • Interact With Siberian Sled Dogs At The Morton Arboretum's Husky Heroes Event

    Visitors of all ages will enjoy interacting with Siberian sled dogs when Husky Heroes returns to The Morton Arboretum, Jan. 30-31, 2016.
  • The Enchanted Railroad Returns To The Morton Arboretum

    The Morton Arboretum welcomes back its popular Enchanted Railroad this January with a theme that celebrates the seasons and a new LEGO® train car created by the artist behind this summer’s smash exhibit Nature Connects. The exhibit opens Jan. 15 and continues through Feb. 21.
  • The Morton Arboretum Introduces First-Ever Arboretum Beer

    This month, The Morton Arboretum will introduce Arbor Oak Amber Ale, its first-ever namesake beer. Brewed in partnership with Chicago’s Lake Effect Brewing Co. using oak from the Arboretum’s grounds and Wisconsin special-roast malts, the new beer is a perfect blend of seasonal flavors.
  • Morton Arboretum President And CEO Gerard Donnelly Named To Botanic Gardens Conservation International Board Of Directors

    Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), the world’s largest plant conservation network, announced the appointment of Gerard T. Donnelly, Ph.D., President and CEO of The Morton Arboretum, to its Board of Directors.
  • Gifts for a gardener

    Drop by The Arboretum Store at The Morton Arboretum to find a distinctive, inspiring, or useful gift for your favorite gardener for the 2015 holiday season.

    Ed Hedborn, Manager of Plant Records, reports on what’s in color 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.

    Fall colors are still showing yellow in our East Woods, with sugar maples mostly yellow to yellow-orange. The Maple and Oak Collections are nearing the end of the fall color season, but yellows, oranges, wine-purples, warm browns and russets still delight the eye.
  • The Arboretum embarks on a project to renew the DuPage River

    Visitors to The Morton Arboretum in November and December will likely start to see something that has been hidden for years: the banks of the DuPage River.

    Fall colors are spectacular in our East Woods and tree collections and around Lake Marmo and Sterling Pond. Sugar maples are mostly yellow to yellow-orange with a few hints of red. The Maple and Oak collections are especially lovely places for a stroll to view colorful trees and other plants from around the world.For the latest fall color updates from the Arboretum, call the Bloom 'n Color Hotline at 630-719-7955.

    The continued bright sunny days and cool nights have led to greater fall color, making a walk around Lake Marmo and through the Oak and Maple collections a visual delight. For the latest fall color updates from The Morton Arboretum, call the Bloom 'n Color Hotline at 630-719-7955.
  • Experience Chamber Music In A Classic Setting At The Morton Arboretum

    Be swept away by classical chamber music this winter, performed in The Morton Arboretum’s historic Thornhill Education Center. Enjoy intimate, Sunday afternoon concerts while overlooking a scenic vista, followed by a reception.

    The bright sunny days and cool nights of the past week have helped fall color develop in the trees of the Arboretum’s collections and natural areas. The color show will only become more vibrant in the coming week. For the latest fall color updates from the Arboretum, call the Bloom 'n Color Hotline at 630-719-7955.

    The curtain has risen on the fall color show at The Morton Arboretum! Warm, bright sunny days and cool nights will encourage more trees’ leaves to change over the coming weeks, including during the Glass Pumpkin Patch, October 14 through 18.
  • Arboretum arborists take home top spots in tree climbing competition

    Congratulations to The Morton Arboretum's arborists Beau Nagan and Brandon Dobnick who took home first and third place overall in the Illinois Arborist Association Tree Climbing Competition Master's Challenge.
  • The Morton Arboretum Welcomes Back The Glass Pumpkin Patch

    Swirls of brilliant colors and shapes will swim in gleaming glass orbs, capturing autumn’s boundless beauty as the fifth-annual Glass Pumpkin Patch event returns to The Morton Arboretum, October 14-18. Visitors are invited to explore a collection of more than 4,000 one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass pieces for sale during this popular event. Returning in 2015 is the “Farmer’s Market,” featuring blown-glass acorns and leaves as well as a bounty of hand-crafted glass fruits and vegetables.
  • Winners announced in the Brick by Brick Photo Contest

    Dozens of LEGO® enthusiasts shared their wonderful nature-inspired LEGO brick masterpieces with us in our Brick by Brick Photo Contest.

  • The mysteries of fall color revealed

    All across The Morton Arboretum in the fall, trees are changing color. Some trees light up the hillsides like red flames. In other places, a walk in the woods surround you with gold. Why do leaves change color before they fall in autumn? And why do they turn different colors?