By Rob Johnson

LISLE, Ill. (CBS) — With fall in the air and the beautiful color changes upon us, there is perhaps no other place as picturesque and scenic as the Morton Arboretum in west suburban Lisle.

Within its award-winning 1,700 acres of unparalleled beauty are trees, landscapes, gardens and waters and a 4-acre sanctuary called the Children’s Garden.

“I just think for most people it just brings down their blood pressure. It just gives you a day of serenity and quiet. It’s just a lovely place to take a walk,” Joanne Slahor of Downers Grove, who has been a regular visitor for 10 years, tells CBS 2’s Rob Johnson.

Joanne, who’s now retired, shares her love of the arboretum with her family, including grandchildren who are seven and five. The children particularly like the water.

But for many little ones, serenity and quiet aren’t in their vocabulary. The Children’s Garden includes adventure woods, a lily pond, forts big and small, and plenty of places for the kids to burn off all of that abundant energy.

To Joanne, it’s much more than a tourist hot spot.

“It’s the best treasure in the western suburbs, that’s what I would say,” she says. “That’s how I feel about it. It’s just beautiful.”

The Morton Arboretum is open seven days a week, 365 days a year. Click here for more information.

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