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  • The Morton Arboretum Explores Connection Between Trees And Maple Syrup In Family Program

    Experience traditional maple tapping and the making of maple syrup in all its stages at our Syrup Tree and Silver Dollar Brunch. This family favorite takes place during several hour and a half sessions from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22.
  • Register Now For The Morton Arboretum's 2015 Summer Science Camp

    Registration is now open for The Morton Arboretum’s 2015 Summer Science Camp, which promotes active learning and outdoor exploration all summer long. This season features more than 120 camps for kids in kindergarten through 8th grade, including six brand-new offerings.
  • New Report Offers Strategies To Help Botanical Gardens Strengthen Conservation Value of Collections

    With more than 8,000 tree species threatened with extinction, an urgent need exists for botanical gardens to protect threatened trees in dedicated conservation collections. A new report published in the international conservation journal Oryx offers strategies and guidelines to help botanical gardens strengthen the conservation value of their tree collections.
  • Art and fun come together in Arboretum Uncorked

    Nature is the ultimate muse. Visitors look for inspiration in the Arboretum’s landscapes and at this time of year, they find it in a forest blanketed in sparking snow or in the light from a mid-morning sun as it peeks through bare branches.
  • Great reads from the Sterling Morton Library

    The Sterling Morton Library is a treasure trove. Discover all it has to offer as well as these staff recommended titles the next time you’re here.
  • Be alert to animal damage in the garden

    Animals that need food to survive the winter can take a toll on shrubs and young trees, but you can take simple steps to minimize the damage. Peter Linsner, who is in charge of controlling animal damage at The Morton Arboretum, offers these tips:
  • The Morton Arboretum Appoints New Curator And Head Of Collections

    The Morton Arboretum has appointed Matt Lobdell as the institution’s new curator and head of collections.
  • The Morton Arboretum Recognized For Excellence In Ecological Restoration

    The Chicago Wilderness alliance recently honored The Morton Arboretum for achieving the Excellence in Ecological Restoration accreditation. The Chicago Wilderness Excellence in Ecological Restoration program showcases excellence in conservation leadership and site-based restoration by recognizing high-quality natural areas and the organizations that manage them.
  • Arbor Day Plant Sale frequently asked questions

    Arbor Day Plant Sale 2016 frequently asked questions.
  • Help your Christmas tree live on

    If you make sure your Christmas tree is recycled into mulch or compost to improve soil and protect plants, you’ll know it didn’t go to waste.
  • Introducing A New, Improved, ArbNet Website

    The ArbNet team is pleased to announce the launch of an updated ArbNet website, featuring a new look and feel with improved functionality. Users will now find it easier to locate ArbNet’s most sought-after information, now organized around “channels”: Accreditation, Morton Register, Resources and News.
  • Know before you glow

    Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum is here! And to make your experience the absolute best it can be, we’d love to share a few tips.
  • Planning for next year’s garden

    Keeping notes (or taking pictures) is a big help in planning to improve your garden. The soil may now be frozen and the weather may be frightful, but it’s not too late to jot down your memories of what worked and what didn't in the past gardening year.
  • Introducing Glowman

    Whether it’s hugging a juniper to watch it glow brighter or spinning a wheel to splash color across a canvas of evergreens, Illumination is a spectacle for the senses. But one feature at this year’s event will be trying hard not to catch your eye: Glowman, hidden along the Illumination trail.
  • Winter Tree Care Tips From The Morton Arboretum

    The Plant Clinic at The Morton Arboretum fields nearly 1,400 questions a year, and in the winter months, pruning is a popular topic. Best done during the winter, pruning is a simple task that will help your bushes and trees stay healthy all year long.
  • The Morton Arboretum Introduces Winter Rates

    The Morton Arboretum is a great place to visit all year-round, and is especially beautiful in the winter months. And with new winter rates, visitors can enjoy all the Arboretum has to offer in the winter, for less.
  • New Chairman Elected To The Morton Arboretum Board Of Trustees; Also Five New Trustees

    Darrell B. Jackson, president and CEO at Seaway Bank and Trust, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees at The Morton Arboretum. He succeeds W. Robert Reum, chairman, president and CEO of Amsted Industries, who served in that role for the past 13 years.

    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.
  • Bring autumn beauty indoors

    Your own backyard can provide a bounty of beauty for autumn decorating, including a centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table.

    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.