LISLE, IL (Oct. 10, 2014) — Ever wonder where the Arboretum’s plants came from? The Morton Arboretum’s newest exhibit, Plant Hunters, offers a fun look at plant exploration and collecting. Housed at the Sterling Morton Library, the new library exhibit not only highlights the crucial research that takes place at The Morton Arboretum but brings awareness to the work of other notable plant researchers throughout history.
The exhibit features many artifacts, including rare photographs of turn-of-the-century China taken by renowned plant collector, Ernest Henry Wilson, who introduced many Asian plant species to Europe and the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Visitors can explore modern plant hunting by getting a close look at instruments used in the field and during scientific study. The exhibit also features interactive elements, challenging visitors to identify various plant species while they learn about the state of threatened trees and plants as well as the conservation efforts of scientists at The Morton Arboretum.
“Plant Hunters is a great way to learn more about the Arboretum’s mission,” said Mary Samerdyke, manager of interpretation at The Morton Arboretum. “For example, visitors can learn about our seed-collecting expeditions in China and then head outside to see first-hand the plants we have from that part of the world.”
Geared to both children and adults, the exhibit is open during library hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It is free with Arboretum admission.
About The Morton Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum on 1,700 acres. Plant collections, scientific research and education programs support the mission to plant and conserve trees and other plants for a greener, healthier and more beautiful world. Designed with natural landscapes, the grounds include the award-winning, four-acre interactive Children’s Garden, the one-acre Maze Garden, plus specialty gardens, 16 miles of trails and nine miles of roads. Visitor experiences include the open-air tram ride, guided walks, Arbor Day celebrations, concerts, art shows, the Fall Color Festival, Illumination and special exhibits. The Arboretum welcomes 885,000 visitors annually and receives support from 38,600 member households. Located 25 miles west of Chicago in Lisle, Illinois, the Arboretum is open daily 7 a.m. until sunset. Learn more at mortonarb.org.
Nonmember admission rates to The Morton Arboretum are $12 for adults ages 18-64 ($8 on Wednesday), $11 for seniors ages 65 and over ($7 on Wednesday), $9 for children ages 2-17 ($6 on Wednesday) and free for children under age 2. Parking is free with admission.
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