Centennial Celebration

The Morton Arboretum is growing strong
into its second century

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The Champion of Trees

The Morton Arboretum is celebrating 100 years of planting and protecting trees for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.

Over the past century, the Arboretum has made a significant impact for trees and people—studying, planting, and protecting trees; educating people; and welcoming millions of guests to its living tree and plant collections and its glorious landscapes. As it enters its second century, it is still growing strong, like a mighty oak, at a time when people need trees more than ever before. To commemorate this milestone, the Arboretum is developing a beautiful new garden and planting more than 3,000 trees throughout the Chicago region. You can look forward to a variety of special events and educational programs celebrating the centennial—from Founder’s Day, December 14, 2021, through the end of 2022.

The Gerard T. Donnelly Grand Garden

A grand new garden is now open for enjoyment throughout the Arboretum’s second century. Showcasing lush, colorful plantings and delightful water features, this splendid garden will be a central space for celebration and joy.

Learn more: The Gerard T. Donnelly Grand Garden

Trees for the Next Century

During its yearlong Centennial Celebration, The Morton Arboretum is planting more than 3,000 trees throughout the seven-county Chicago region. Over the next century and beyond, these trees will grow and spread their branches, making communities beautiful and improving people’s lives.

Learn more: Trees for the Next Century

Human+Nature

The Arboretum has extended its Human+Nature exhibition through March 2023, with the addition of two new large-scale sculptures and an additional commemorative centennial sculpture by artist Daniel Popper.

Learn more: Human+Nature

A Magnificent Garden of Trees: Celebrating 100 Years of The Morton Arboretum

Bring the centennial celebration home as The Morton Arboretum marks its first century with a limited edition, 176-page hardcover book full of striking photographs and fascinating information about the Arboretum available in The Arboretum Store or online.

Purchase the book

Founded in 1922 by
Joy Morton

When Joy Morton established The Morton Arboretum, he envisioned a great outdoor museum of trees. A century later, his vision is shared with millions of people who come to the Arboretum to experience the benefits of spending time among trees and plants, to learn, or to create. Morton recognized a need for a place where trees could be treasured and studied for the well-being of people and the environment. That need is just as strong today.

Learn more: Founded in 1922 by
Joy Morton

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