Morton Arboretum

Autumn Leaves

Expert Recommends Mulching Falling Leaves To Give Plants Nutrients

The nostalgic odor of burning leaves is but a memory in Chicago and many other cities throughout Illinois, leaving behind the problem: What to do with the leaves?

10/27/2014

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Best Places For Fall Colors In Chicago

Fall’s cooler nights are working their leaf-changing magic, dusting the Chicago trees in mauve and crimson. Hike, bike or drive to these five best locations to see Chicago’s fall colors.

10/04/2014

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Chicago-Area Trees Shedding Leaves From Cool, Wet Weather

Chicago area trees have been losing leaves early because of a cool wet spring and early summer, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

07/02/2013

Grass is turning brown all over the Chicago area because of this summer's drought. (CBS)

Naturalists Restoring Illinois Prairies With Controlled Burnings

Plumes of smoke have been rising this week from prairies at Fermilab, the Morton Arboretum and other open spaces which naturalists are trying to keep open throughout the Chicago area.

04/03/2013

Snow on the ground in Crown Point, Ind., during the snowstorm on March 5, 2013. (Viewer Photo: Andrew James)

Snowstorm Should Help Ground Moisture Levels In Chicago Area

It might be tough to drive in, but Tuesday’s snowstorm should bring some benefits to the Chicago area.

WBBM Newsradio–03/05/2013

Millennium Park's McCormick Tribune Ice Rink (Credit: Mason Johnson)

Best Ways To Take Advantage Of The Last Of The Winter In Chicago

Most of us wish there was a seasonal fast-forward button for the winter temperatures, but like it or not, there are a few things that are fun to experience during the colder days, especially when you know spring is just around the corner. Take advantage of the last days of winter with a few fun winter activities.

03/02/2013

Tree in winter at the Morton Arboretum. (CBS)

Trees Could Use Watering and Mulching During Snow Drought, Experts Say

Experts say the lack of snow — coming off of an extremely dry summer — is literally stressing trees out. CBS 2′s Dana Kozlov reports.

01/10/2013

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Best Free Thanksgiving Events In Chicago

Thanksgiving is one holiday that isn’t about spending money and buying gifts. It’s meant to be a time to give thanks, be with loved ones and most importantly, over eat. Here are some free activities going on around Chicagoland this Thanksgiving to help you save a little money before the holiday spending kicks in. Enjoy it; you only have until midnight before Black Friday.

11/20/2012

CBS 2 producer Carol Thompson noticed the burning bush in her yard was already changing colors in mid-August, well before the start of fall. Experts say it's a sign of drought damage, not an early fall. (Credit: Carol Thompson, CBS 2)

Leaves Already Changing Color A Sign Of Drought, Not Early Fall

Have you seen them yet? Some trees and shrubs in the Chicago area have been changing colors, a month before the official start of autumn. We got to wondering if this is an early sign of fall, or a sign of trouble.

CBS 2–08/21/2012

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Suburban Man To Compete In International Tree Climbing Contest

An arborist from the Morton Arboretum in Lisle is getting ready to compete this weekend in the International Tree Climbing Championship in Portland, Ore.

08/08/2012

An Emerald Ash Borer Beetle. (James Zablotny/USDA Photo)

Combination Of Drought, Emerald Ash Borer Has Wreaked Havoc On Ash Trees

The emerald ash borer and the drought this summer are teaming up to give a one-two punch to ash trees in the area.

CBS Chicago–07/24/2012

The leaves of many trees in Illinois have been left wilting, curling, and turning brown due to the severe drought conditions in most of the state. (Credit: CBS)

Protecting The Trees At Your House From The Drought

With most of Illinois having been classified as being in severe drought, it’s not only farmers who are suffering. Plenty of homeowners have seen their prized plants shriveling, and their trees shedding leaves.

CBS Chicago–07/17/2012

Storm Clouds At Morton Arboretum

Morton Arboretum Tree Specialist Says Drought Is Worst He’s Seen In 34 Years

A tree specialist at the Morton Arboretum says this is the worst drought he’s seen for Chicago area trees in 34 years.

WBBM Newsradio–07/13/2012

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Hot, Dry Weather Putting Stress On Local Plants

Chicago’s hot, dry weather already has some trees and shrubs showing fall colors at the Morton Arboretum.

06/19/2012

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Best Spots For A Mother’s Day Picnic

Why not try something different for Mother’s Day this year? Instead of a Mother’s Day brunch, a spa treatment or breakfast in bed, how about treating mom to a picnic outside to enjoy the weather and nature. Mom can kick back, relax and still enjoy spending time with her family. She’ll enjoy homemade sandwiches Dad can make with the kids, or if that’s too adventuresome there are plenty of places where you can pick up some nice sandwiches and sides to take along with you.

05/07/2012

Tree Tagging

Tags Remind Chicagoans Of The Value Of Trees

Starting Friday, big, green tags will be appearing on trees throughout downtown, as part of an effort in this week before Arbor Day to remind people of the benefits of trees.

CBS Chicago–04/20/2012

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Earth Day With The Kids

The last two weekends in April promise to be green in the Chicagoland in so many ways with trees budding and unfurling their leaves and both Earth Day and Arbor Day celebrations in full swing around the city and suburbs. Mark your calendars for Earth Day Sunday, April 22, and Arbor Day Friday, April 27, and take a peak below to plan out how to celebrate our great Earth with the kiddos while teaching them ways to be good stewards of our precious resources.

04/18/2012

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Guide To Groundhog Day

Since 1993, the Groundhog Day holiday has enjoyed renewed interest due to the namesake cult film starring the very excellent Bill Murray as weatherman Phil Connors. While Punxsatawney, PA gets most the national attention on the day itself, the actual location of the filming of Groundhog Day is our very own Woodstock, IL. Murray was the star, but the town itself plays a major role…

01/31/2012

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Mild Weather Brings Early Spring To Morton Arboretum

The Chicago area’s unseasonably warm temperatures have forced some forsythia buds into bloom four months early at the Morton Arboretum just west of the city.

CBS Chicago–01/05/2012

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2 Hospitalized In Crash On Morton Arboretum Grounds

A crash on the grounds of the Morton Arboretum sent two people to the hospital Wednesday night.

CBS Chicago–12/29/2011

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