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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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Love the botanicals!
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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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Diverse 1,700-acre nature preserve with a maze garden & tram plus picnicking, hiking & biking.- Google
"Nice place to be among a variety of different plants and trees all year round."
"Nice combination of a tree research facility and diverse collections of trees."
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Karen Banks
2 months ago
Took my 83 year old mother here and it was wonderful. She is in a wheelchair and I could roll her up the ramp onto the tour tram and took the very beautiful and informative tour. Many of the paths are paved and easily accessible by wheelchair. I wish it were closer to my home. I would be there all the time. EVERYONE from the service desk, to the gift shop, to the tram conductor were super pleasant and helpful. A lovely place....think I will definitely have to go back in the fall
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Todd Vriesema
2 months ago
They have the most wonderful children's garden. Calling it a garden does not do this area justice. There are a lot things and places for the kids to explore here. Slides, running water to splash it, small houses to explore, surrounded by beautiful nature. My family and I will be coming here every weekend and I guarantee you we will not get bored. P.S. The children's garden is a very small part of this amazing place.
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Mike S
3 weeks ago
Torn and saddened, Took my family on Labor day it was bust though not over crowed. We went to children's area and every thing was dirty. The interactive large flowers had not been washed or sanitized in days if not weeks. The same seemed to be for all the play areas. We went into the cafe area and people were sitting at dirty tables, I went to get an employee to clean mine and no less than 6 other tables asked her to clean theirs too. That's gross.
Response from the owner - 3 weeks ago
Thank you for the feedback. Interactive features in our Children's Garden are subject to the elements of nature, but we, of course, strive to maintain clean and welcoming spaces for our visitors and have passed your message along to our staff who oversee those areas.
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Mark Hoggarth
2 months ago
Morton has a great outer loop to drive through. Was awesome for a sleeping baby! Also great hiking trails and a nice and large kids area. My 6 year old loves the rope bridges and the frog pond.
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David Grunt
3 months ago
This place has changed dramatically over the years. What was once a peaceful tree museum. Has very gradually transitioned to forest amusement park. Any one who wants to get out in to nature will be better served going to any of the many forest preserves all around the region as opposed to visiting here. Has become over crowded on almost any given day, so much so stands of trees had to be removed to accommodate the parking for the spandex clad bicyclists to park their gigantic suvs. Joy Morton would be disappointed to see what his legacy has become.
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Response from the owner - 3 months ago
Hello David, We're sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience at The Morton Arboretum. It is true that our attendance has grown over the years, but we are proud to welcome visitors so they may explore our vast 1,700 acres, which include trees from more than 40 countries. We believe Joy Morton would be heartened to see people of all ages connecting with trees and nature. Those at The Morton Arboretum are conducting important research in the areas of tree science and conservation—critical work that is supported by our members and others who visit our grounds. Our scientists are helping to save trees, not only in the Chicago area, but around the globe by way of seed-collecting expeditions and key collaborations with arboreta and gardens throughout the world. To learn more, we invite you to visit us online http://www.mortonarb.org/science-conservation Thank you.
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Brian Stotelmeyer
3 weeks ago
1500 acres of trees from all around the globe. Well maintained. A visit during each of the four seasons is a must. If you're local, buy the pass and come back often. I eat lunch here during the work week.
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William Tallon
a month ago
Awesome place to go for a walk, take in nature, and just hang out. The main path for cars has plenty of spots to stop and park, and you can continue on foot. Or you can bring a bike, park at the main entrance, and bike the path. It's very clean, haven't seen any litter the few times I've been. The different areas are all marked very well with information about the plant life. All in all, if you have a few hours to spare I'd recommend checking this place out.
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Elizabeth Shishkoff
2 months ago
While pricey for a single visit, membership is a great value. The children's garden is extensive with lots of different play areas including a place to play in the water and different planned activities. They have a restaurant, but outside food is allowed and there are several areas with picnic tables. We especially love the Christmas light show.