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  • FALL COLOR REPORT: OCTOBER 9-OCTOBER 15, 2014

    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.
  • FALL COLOR REPORT: OCTOBER 6-OCTOBER 14, 2014

    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.
  • Classical pieces perfect for fall color viewing

    October is a spectacular month to check out The Morton Arboretum and our abundant fall color. Enhance your trip to the Arboretum by tuning into these beautiful classical music selections while traveling our 16 miles of trails or winding around our 9 miles of paved roads.
  • FALL COLOR REPORT: SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 5, 2014

    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. Posted 9/29/2014
  • See brilliant fall color from around the world at The Morton Arboretum

    With a wealth of trees from so many countries, The Morton Arboretum has historically been a prime leaf-peeping location for locals and tourists. Not many know that better than Ed Hedborn, the Arboretum’s Fall Color Scout. Hedborn, who’s official Arboretum title is manager of plant records and information, has been monitoring fall color for nearly four decades.
  • Trees Do Make The World Better

    Trees are good, right? Planting trees is the right thing to do. They make the world greener, healthier, and more beautiful. That is what we know and promote at The Morton Arboretum.

  • Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum By the Numbers

    The first lights event to take place at The Morton Arboretum, Illumination has welcomed more than 356,000 visitors from 40 states since its 2013 debut season.
  • NEWS RELEASE: ILLUMINATION: TREE LIGHTS AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM RETURNS WITH NEW WAYS TO SEE TREES IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT

    This November, 50 acres of vibrant LED lights will once again transform The Morton Arboretum’s treescape into a winter wonderland of color and nature, as Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum returns for its second year.
  • NEWS RELEASE: THE MORTON ARBORETUM ADMINISTERS $211,000 IN FEDERAL GRANTS TO HELP CHICAGO-AREA COMMUNITIES REPLACE TREES LOST TO EMERALD ASH BORER

    The Morton Arboretum’s Community Trees Program has approved $211,000 in matching grants for northern Illinois communities within the Lake Michigan watershed to help restore the tree canopy lost to the emerald ash borer.
  • NEWS RELEASE: MORTON ARBORETUM RESEARCHERS RECOGNIZED WITH PROMINENT APPOINTMENTS, EXPANDED LEADERSHIP ROLES

    Two members of The Morton Arboretum’s research team have been recently honored with high-profile appointments, bolstering the Arboretum’s leadership in global tree research and conservation.
  • Plant Health Care Report issue 2014-16

    The Scouting Report of The Morton Arboretum for August 22, 2014.
  • NEWS RELEASE: THE MORTON ARBORETUM’S PLANT CLINIC CALLS ATTENTION TO IMPORTANCE OF TREE DIVERSITY

    A tiny metallic green pest not even the size of a penny, the emerald ash borer hardly seems capable of the destruction it has brought to the area. But millions of significantly weakened and dead ash trees throughout the seven-county Chicago region tell a different story.
  • Plant Health Care Report issue 2014-15

    The Scouting Report of The Morton Arboretum for Aug 8, 2014.
  • Plant Health Care Report issue 2014-14

    The Scouting Report of The Morton Arboretum for July 25, 2014.
  • How to read a plant label

    Each accessioned plant has a small metal tag attached on its south side. These labels include the plant's name, location, and accession number.
  • Plant Health Care Report issue 2014-13

    The Scouting Report of The Morton Arboretum for July 18, 2014.
  • This summer, savor the shade

    There’s no better place to be on a hot August day than the shade of a tree. It’s cool and green, full of music from the rustling of leaves and the song of birds. No stress can last long under a tree. It’s true. Researchers have documented many ways that trees lift our spirits and help our health. So let’s enjoy the shade of the trees we have and protect them for summers to come.
  • Plant Health Care Report issue 2014-12

    The Scouting Report of The Morton Arboretum for July 11, 2014.
  • Plant Health Care Report issue 2014-11

    The Scouting Report of The Morton Arboretum for June 27, 2014.
  • Plant Health Care Report 2014-10

    The Scouting Report of The Morton Arboretum for June 20, 2014