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The main entrance to the arboretum.
The main entrance to the arboretum.

The Morton Arboretum is an arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. It covers 1,700 acres (6.9 Square kilometres) and is made up of gardens of various plant types and collections of trees from specific taxonomical and geographical areas. It includes some native woodland forest preserves and a restored Illinois prairie. The Arboretum has over 4,000 different types of trees, shrubs and other woody plants from around the globe. In all, there are over 185,000 catalogues plants. The Arboretum has 14 miles of hiking trails and nine miles of roadways. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 496 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1271 pixel, file size: 278 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Photograph of the Morton Arboretums main entrance in Lisle, Illinois, as taken on 18 September 2001 by Dustin M. Ramsey. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 496 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1271 pixel, file size: 278 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Photograph of the Morton Arboretums main entrance in Lisle, Illinois, as taken on 18 September 2001 by Dustin M. Ramsey. ... An arboretum is a botanical garden primarily devoted to trees and other woody plants, forming a living collection of trees intended at least partly for scientific study. ... Incorporated Village in 1956. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... An acre is the name of a unit of area in a number of different systems, including Imperial units and United States customary units. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... Prairie grasses Prairie refers to an area of land of low topographic relief that historically supported grasses and herbs, with few trees, and having generally a mesic (moderate or temperate) climate. ...


The Arboretum features a four-acre interactive "Children's Garden" and a one-acre "Maze Garden." Other special landscaped areas include the Fragrance Garden, Ground Cover Garden and Hedge Garden. The Schulenberg Prairie is one of the largest restored prairies in the Chicago suburban area.


The Arboretum offers a year-round education program for children and adults in several areas including Horticulture, Natural History, Botanical Art, Nature Photography and Ornithology.

A woodland ecosystem.
A woodland ecosystem.
Lake margin environment.
Lake margin environment.
Restored grassland.
Restored grassland.

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Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 523 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1339 pixel, file size: 453 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Photograph of a woodland environment at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, as taken on 18 September 2001 by Dustin M. Ramsey. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 523 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1339 pixel, file size: 453 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Photograph of a woodland environment at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, as taken on 18 September 2001 by Dustin M. Ramsey. ... Limber Pine woodland, Toiyabe Range, central Nevada Biologically, a woodland is a treed area differentiated from a forest. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 522 pixelsFull resolution (2046 × 1335 pixel, file size: 356 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Photograph of a lake environment at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, as taken on 18 September 2001 by Dustin M. Ramsey. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 522 pixelsFull resolution (2046 × 1335 pixel, file size: 356 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Photograph of a lake environment at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, as taken on 18 September 2001 by Dustin M. Ramsey. ... A man-made lake in Keukenhof, Netherlands A lake is a body of water or other liquid of considerable size contained on a body of land. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 526 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1346 pixel, file size: 391 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Photograph of the Morton Arboretums grassland environment, as taken on 18 September 2001 by Dustin M. Ramsey. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 526 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1346 pixel, file size: 391 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Photograph of the Morton Arboretums grassland environment, as taken on 18 September 2001 by Dustin M. Ramsey. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...

History

The arboretum was established on 14 December 1922 by Joy Morton, owner of the Morton Salt Company. Joy Morton's Thornhill Estate, established in 1910, formed the basis of the Arbortum's original area. Mr. Morton's father Julius Sterling Morton was the founder of Arbor Day. December 14 is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... Morton Salt is a United States company specializing in the production of salt for food, water conditioning, industrial, agricultural, and road/highway use. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Arbor Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States, China and other countries, that encourages the planting and care of trees. ...


The Sterling Morton Library

Designed by noted Chicago architect Harry Weese, the Sterling Morton Library [1] constructed in 1963, is located on the east side of The Morton Arboretum adjacent to the Administration Building. Built to house the many resources of the Arboretum, this building honors the memory of Sterling Morton, son of founder, Joy Morton.


The Library’s current holdings include over 25,000 volumes of books and magazines, as well as tens of thousands of non-book items including prints, original art, letters, photographs, landscape plans and drawings. The collections focus on plant sciences, especially on trees and shrubs, gardening and landscape design, ecology with a special interest in Midwestern prairie, savanna, woodland, and wetland ecosystems, natural history and its art and illustration, both art history and techniques. Animal subjects include birds, mammals, and insects. Works abound on the history of plant exploration, and biographies of botanists, horticulturists, and botanical artists. The library’s historic and current nursery catalogs will assist homeowners find plants of interest. A chained book in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University A book is a set or collection of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of paper, parchment, or other material, usually fastened together to hinge at one side, and within protective covers. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Printmaking is the process of making artworks by printing, normally on paper. ... Landscaping refers to any activity that modifies the visible features of an area of land, including but not limited to: living elements, such as flora or fauna; or what is commonly referred to as Gardening efforts in the gestalt, the art and craft of growing plants with a goal of... Savanna at Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania. ... Limber Pine woodland, Toiyabe Range, central Nevada Biologically, a woodland is a treed area differentiated from a forest. ... A subtropical wetland in Florida, USA, with an endangered American Crocodile. ... A coral reef near the Hawaiian islands is an example of a complex marine ecosystem. ... Pinguicula grandiflora Botany is the scientific study of plantlife. ... Concern has been expressed that this article or section is missing information about: horticulture as used in anthropology, a label for agriculture as used in small-scale societies. ...


Gwen Stefani's 2006 single "Wind It Up" was filmed here. Wind It Up is a pop song written by Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams originally for inclusion on Stefanis Harajuku Lovers Tour 2005. ...


The Sterling Morton Library is a member of the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (CBHL) [2].


See also

This list of botanical gardens in the United States is intended to include all significant botanical gardens and arboretums in the United States of America. ... The North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC) is a group of North American botanical gardens and arboreta that aims to improve the continents living plant collections, and enhance the availability of plant germplasm. ...

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Morton®Salt - when it rains it pours® (620 words)
We are proud to sponsor The Morton Arboretum, a beautiful 1,700-acre botanical garden in Lisle, Illinois.
Morton contributes to the community through financial and educational support as well as the energy and talents of our employee volunteers.
Morton has been involved with the issue since 1924, when we began adding potassium iodide to our salt as a preventive measure for goiters.
Weekend Explorer - Fall 2004 (958 words)
The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, in all seasons — for berries, beauty, and the bright array of colors, especially in spring and fall.
The arboretum's 1,700 acres harbor world-renowned tree and shrub collections from 59 countries, arranged primarily by region (the Appalachia or Korea Collections, for example) and tree family (local and non-local species of maple, linden, and pine, among many others).
Morton Arboretum admission is $5, with discounts for seniors and children.
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