Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum collects and studies trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world.

When visiting the Chicago area, be sure to make a trip to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, located in the inner ring of Chicago’s west suburbs.

Trees and shrubs : a gardener's encyclopedia
senior consultants, Geoff Bryant and Tony Rodd.
Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2011.
How to choose the best from over 1,500 trees and shrubs. Trees and Shrubs contains all the information needed to find the right plants for any type of garden. With its compact and easy-to-use format, this book is perfect to take along to the nursery. Using the comprehensive plant-selection tables, gardeners can see at a glance the most important characteristics of more than 1,500 trees and shrubs, helping them make the best choice for their garden's appearance and cultivation requirements. The first part of Trees and Shrubs is the plant tables, which are organized by species name and list the plant's characteristics. These are: Height and spread Tree, shrub or conifer Cool, warm-temperate, subtropical or tropical climate Full sun, half-sun, heavy shade Flowering season Deciduous or evergreen Showy foliage, showy flowers Flowering season Suitability to container planting Indoor use Frost tolerance Having chosen a plant from the table, the gardener then turns to the book's second part, which describes the more than 1,500 species, cultivars and hybrids in greater detail. This includes growing zones and common names, as well as the plants' origins, color variations, growth habit (whether, for example, the shrub is slow growing), propagation techniques, recommended uses, problem parasites or diseases, and extra cultivation notes. Color photographs illustrate a select number of plants. Trees and shrubs are costly, and it's despairing to plant a new one only to see it fail. Trees and Shrubs helps gardeners choose the right plant for the right place--and that is the key to a beautiful and successful garden.
Trees : the balance of life, the beauty of nature
Pierre Lieutaghi.
New York, NY : Duncan Baird Publishers, 2011.
The old saying has it wrong: all too often we see the forest, but don't begin to appreciate the unique qualities of the trees. With 90 stunning photos from around the world, Trees celebrates these awe-inspiring gifts of nature. This extraordinary book sets the record straight, looking at trees from many points of view-their 300 million-year natural history; their usefulness; their incredible beauty; their role in mythology and religion; and their importance to life on earth. No one who reads Trees will ever take them for granted again.
The healing power of trees : spiritual journeys through the Celtic tree calendar
Sharlyn Hidalgo.
Woodbury, Minn. : Llewellyn Publications, c2010.
From the birch to the willow, Sharlyn Hidalgo invites you to walk in the footsteps of the druids and enrich your life with the sacred power of trees. This wise and inspiring book will introduce you to all fifteen revered trees of the Celtic Tree Calendar and their unique gifts of healing, guidance, and higher consciousness. Progress through the calendar in sequence or choose a particular month to cultivate a relationship with these majestic spirits of nature. Perform guided meditations and go on journeys to discover the totems, guides, and deities corresponding to each species. Travel through the Wheel of the Year and learn about each tree's astrology, ruling planets, rune symbol, and ogham-its letter of the Celtic tree alphabet. The Healing Power of Trees is your guide to living the principles of the Celtic tradition-tuning in to the rhythms of nature, respecting the land, and fulfilling your role as a steward of the earth. Includes information on all 25 ogham letters, Celtic holidays, and how to conduct a tree-honoring ceremony

Nestled at the northwest corner of the intersection of Interstate 88 and Illinois Route 53, the Morton Arboretum is a special nature area of trees, wilderness, and northern Illinois wildlife.

Its’ over 1700 acres features over 9 miles of paved roads and over 14 miles of walking trails throughout the Arboretum. The paved roads lead right up to the many walking trails that crisscross the grounds. The walking trails include a delightful mix of trees, prairie grass, and wildflower fields that are as diverse as they are colorful.

At the Thornhill Educational Center, located at the site of the original Morton Mansion, the family for which the Arboretum is named, there is a large and impressive learning center. The Thornhill Center highlights the Sterling Morton Library and maps and information to help guide one through the Arboretum’s grounds. The Center also sponsors a series of seasonal appropriate workshops, which provide information about the flora and fauna of this area of northern Illinois.

Arboretum is a place where an extensive variety of woody plants are cultivated for scientific, educational, and ornamental purposes.

The Arboretum grounds also feature a Children’s Garden, a Maze Garden, and many exhibits that highlight the Arboretum’s history, plant collections, and a restaurant and café at the main Visitor Center.

The Morton Arboretum is open 365 days a year with admission fees discounted on Wednesdays. Enjoy a quiet corner of suburban Chicago on your next visit at the Morton Arboretum.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff