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Last day for the Glass Pumpkin Patch! Don't miss your chance to support local glass artists plus see free glass demonstrations
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Mark Catesby's "The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands" was the first published account of the flora and fauna of North America. Using touchscreen technology, visitors to the Sterling Morton Library are able to "page" through our 3rd edition published in 1771. His splendid artwork depicts the mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and plants of the region. Stop by Tales and Treasures to learn more about Catesby's remarkable work and story!
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If you missed it this morning, ABC 7 Chicago showcased the Glass Pumpkin Patch! Check it out:
The popular fall event returns for the third year with glassblowing demonstrations and beautiful, one-of-a-kind, fall-themed glass artwork for sale.
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What can we learn from the Urban Tree Study? Check out this great NapervilleSun story! http://buff.ly/H3ZKdv
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Take a ride on the Acorn Express for a special adventure! Travel to the Beech collection for a hike then make a Beechnut Fairy craft. Ideal for families with young children. This adventure is available only on 10/16 and 10/18 at 11 am. Tickets available morning-of in the Visitor Center!
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Fall plant care tip: Leave your last rose blooms on plants to encourage dormancy. Many will develop beautiful rose hips.
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The Glass Pumpkin Patch reopens at 10am. Stop by to meet the artists, see free demonstrations, vote for your pick of the patch and shop!
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Celebrate 90 years of tree conservation and education at the Arb with a walking tour of the oak and maple collections. Register for "Inside the Collections" - Tues., 10/22, 9-11:30 a.m. http://buff.ly/1i22aoZ
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Kunso Kim, our head of collections and curator, visited Korea on a plant expedition and found this royal azalea (Rhododendron schlippenbachii) growing in Chiri-san mountain at 4,000 feet elevation! Imagine how beautiful the mountain must be when all these azaleas are in full bloom.
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See live glass blowing demonstrations from 1-5pm today in the Glass Pumpkin Patch! Free with admission.
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The Glass Pumpkin Patch opens at 10am! See live glass-blowing demonstrations and chat with the artists! http://buff.ly/16MTr8H
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Installation on the 2013 Glass Pumpkin Patch is underway! See them in person Oct. 16-20 - http://buff.ly/19Ekvpi
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4100 IL-53 Lisle, IL 60532
4100 Illinois 53USIllinoisLisle60532
(630) 968-0074mortonarb.org
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The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to the planting and conservation of trees. Its 1,700 acres hold more than 222,000 live plants representing nearly 4,300 taxa from around the world.

The Arboretum offers extensive educational programming for all ages, conducts leading research on tree health and tree improvement, breeds and introduces hardy and disease-resistant trees and shrubs for distribution throughout the Midwest, and presents nature-related activities year-round for people of all ages and interests.

The Arboretum was founded in 1922 by Morton Salt magnate Joy Morton. Arboretum grounds offer an oasis of magnificently tended trees, 16 miles of hiking trails, 9 miles of roads, and 900 acres of natural areas including the prototypical, restored 100-acre Schulenberg Prairie.

Also on the grounds are the Visitor Center and Plant Clinic, The Arboretum Store, Ginkgo Restaurant and Café, four-acre Children’s Garden, one-acre Maze Garden, an environmentally-friendly parking lot, and a paved walking trail around restored Meadow Lake.

The Arboretum houses the renowned Sterling Morton Library, devoted to the literature and art of botany and horticulture.
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Diverse 1,700-acre nature preserve with a maze garden & tram plus picnicking, hiking & biking.- Google
"Take the kids into the children's garden for climbing and learning."
"Save your money and go to any of the near by forest preserves."
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Steve Avery
2 weeks ago
This arboretum is quite spectacular. Plenty to do and see and enjoy especially if you aren't someone who has to be entertained by a piece of technology. Very easy to get here and as a member of The Chicago Botanic Gardens I can get in here free. Well worth buying a membership because it reduces the cost drastically. I go cycling on the east side and do quite a few laps. Some "hills" so it's great exercise whilst enjoying the majesty of the trees and the beauty of the flora and fauna. Great place for a picnic and to enjoy nature. Beautiful place to visit.
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Christopher Demetriou
a month ago
Poor choice. Save your money and go to any of the near by forest preserves. I'd rather waste my time being arrested for throwing a brick through a Starbucks window than go back to this place.
Response from the owner - a month ago
Hi, Christopher. It sounds like you expected a forest preserve when we're more like a museum of trees, including scientific research and a collection of trees and shrubs from around the world. If you'd like to give us another chance, please let us know.
Vaf Fanculo
2 months ago
Fort for the kids was great aside from that seriously people there are beautiful preserves and parks everywhere pack a lunch and you will have way more real exploring and fun oh and it's free
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Kelly Purtell
11 months ago
Went there w/ my husband & parents for the first time. Even though the day was cold, everyone was in good spirits! Cindy, the Acorn Express conductor has a great sense of humor and was wonderfully educational on our tour. The park is gorgeous. Looking at becoming a member to be able to come back all the time!
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Rocky Ruggiero
3 weeks ago
It's a beautiful place to go and I'm grateful for the wonderful escape. But, you can't walk or bike there. You can ONLY take a car. I literally nearly killed myself walking to this place. What was I thinking??? Why don't they have a few other "entry" options? Brookfield Zoo has two. I would think this place of all places would want to foster people to walk or bike there - not get in their car. Never the less - once you are there - it's lovely!! I'm happy to donate to this place. But, if they don't make it "easy" for their guests or members to get to - they are missing out on something more important than the next big attraction. Not to mention, they are hurting the very principles they stand for which is the preservation of nature. Create more entrances. Don't ask me how. Just put your mind to it and be creative. And, quick. Roc
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Response from the owner - 3 weeks ago
Hello Rocky, Thank you for your rating and comment. We are happy to welcome bike riders through our gates—in fact, many of our visitors arrive this way. Please let us know if you have any further questions. Thank you again for your interest in The Morton Arboretum.
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Sarah Spain
9 months ago
One of my favorite places in northern Illinois! Beyond beautiful. I spend the entire day here running around getting exercise among the trees and plants. Take the kids into the children's garden for climbing and learning. They have awesome kids programs. Lots of fun for them. Bring a picnic or go in for a meal at the cafeteria. Great salads and all the "normal" food too. Love that they don't use any plastic water bottles! Bring a reusable bottle and fill up with water at the stations by restrooms. The adult wine evenings are always a great escape in the summer. Anytime someone from out of town comes to visit this is where I take them.
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coolhot20081
10 months ago
Visited this place yesterday with friends. Very beautiful scenic place..actually we wanted to see fall colours but didn't want to go to wisconsin for it.. here we got to see beautiful fall colours...very huge park..come in the morning when it opens as it;s huge area, and needs more time to explore..we came here at 4 pm as we were exploring some other places , but still we got 2 hrs as it closes by 6. and we made most of it and covered as many things as we could..took long walk ,saw beautiful colours, took photographs, visited morton arboretum store too..it has also nice collection of things but it's costly..entrance fees of park is 12 $ per person which I think it's little expensive..it should be 5 $. but they have maintained the property very well..if you are in downtown chicago and looking for nearby place to see fall colours, this option is really good
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TsunTzuLens
a year ago
Wonderful place to walk trails through groves of global sourced trees. As well as bring your bike early in the morning to cycle some good hills on some very nice circuit roads. Great place to exercise in multi-million dollar landscaped setting. Fun stuff for families with small children as well.