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Upcoming Classes in the Sterling Morton Library


Behind the Blooms: Magnolias

Discover the amazing world of magnolias and find new trees for your landscape! Join Matt Lobdell, Head of Collections and Curator at the Arboretum, and Andrew Bunting, Director of Collections and Assistant Director of the Garden at Chicago Botanic Garden, for a morning of magnolia excitement.

Learn about the magnolia’s rich history and deep evolutionary roots as you view a presentation on stunning magnolia blooms and hybrids for the Midwestern landscape. Bring a small branch of a magnolia from your garden, and we will identify it! Plus, view rare books and botanical prints from the special collections of the Sterling Morton Library, including Georg Dionysius Ehret’s spectacular Magnolia and the very dramatic Magnolia campbellii found in Illustrations of Himalayan Plants.

Course number: H141
Schedule and location:
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Sterling Morton Library
Fees and admission:

$25.00 - members

$34.00 - nonmembers

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

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Upcoming Events in the Sterling Morton Library

Leafing Through the Pages - Members' Book Discussion Group

For a morning of community, connectivity and spirited discussion, join Leafing Through the Pages, the Sterling Morton Library's book discussion group. Meeting on the second Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon in the Library, this group explores works of fiction and non-fiction relating to natural history, ecology, and gardens. Participants need to obtain books and read each month's selection prior to the gathering to fully share in the discussion.
Not a member of the Arboretum? Join today If you are an Arboretum member and would like more information about Leafing Through the Pages, contact Rita Hassert at or 630-719-2430.


2017 Reading and Viewing List

  • January 12, 2017 - Jahren, Hope. Lab Girl, 2016.
  • February 9, 2017 - Waal, Frans de. Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? 2016.
  • March 9, 2017 - Buck, Rinker. The Oregon Trail : a new American journey, 2015.
  • April 13, 2017 - Gooley, Tristan. The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs : use outdoor clues to find your way, predict the weather, locate water, track animals--and other forgotten skills, 2014.
  • May 11, 2017 - Nordhaus, Hannah. The Beekeeper’s Lament : how one man and half a billion honey bees help feed America, 2011.
  • June 8, 2017 - Anthony, Lawrence. The Elephant Whisperer : my life with the herd in the African wild, 2009.
  • July 13, 2017 - Ackerman, Jennifer. The Genius of Birds, 2016.
  • August 10, 2017 - Jens Jensen : The Living Green, 2013. 
  • September 14, 2017 - McDowell, Marta. All the Presidents’ Gardens : Madison's cabbages to Kennedy's roses, how the White House grounds have grown with America, 2016.
  • October 12, 2017 - Flores, Dan L. Coyote America : a natural and supernatural history, 2016.
  • November 9, 2017 - Wulf, Andrea. The Invention of Nature : Alexander von Humboldt's new world, 2015.
  • December 14, 2017 - Theroux, Paul. Deep South : four seasons on back roads, 2015.


PDF iconLeafing Through the Pages, Reading and Viewing History, 2003-2017 (PDF)