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  • 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.
  • Prime Time for Pruning

    Late winter is an excellent time to prune shrubs and trees, while they are safely dormant.