The Grand Garden

A splendid new garden is underway at
The Morton Arboretum.

Opening September 2022

A lush, colorful new garden to celebrate The Morton Arboretum’s centennial and enjoy for years to come

The Arboretum is celebrating 100 years of planting and protecting trees for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. The Grand Garden will be a central new attraction for gathering and enjoyment during the Arboretum’s second century. The garden will showcase the beauty and diversity of plants alongside delightful water features and spaces for celebration and joy.

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New Beauty in a Historic Space

The Grand Garden reimagines the historic Hedge Garden, created in 1934. The new garden honors the past view and layout of the earlier garden in a transformed setting. Set on two acres, the accessible, welcoming space will be a gorgeous outdoor landscape garden.

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A Garden of Celebration
and Joy

It will be a garden of grand scale, including three main spaces—Centennial Plaza, the Celebration Garden, and the Joy of Plants Garden. Each area of the garden will offer a unique experience, from lushly planted garden rooms for gathering and relaxation to a terrace for celebrations surrounded by silvery leaves and flowers.

Support the Arboretum’s Second Century

The Morton Arboretum has grown and flourished for 100 years with the generous help of members and donors who care about trees and people. There are many ways for you to be a part of the Arboretum’s second century. Support the meaningful difference the Arboretum makes for trees and people with a new or increased gift today in honor of the Arboretum’s centennial. Your gift will be applied where the Arboretum needs it most, whether in caring for its beautiful landscapes, science, conservation, education, or outreach.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony

On June 30, 2020, a groundbreaking ceremony was held commemorating the start of work on The Grand Garden. Arboretum friends, donors, and trustees joined staff for the event at the site of the future garden, which is expected to be completed in 2022, during the Arboretum’s yearlong centennial celebration. Pictured here at the groundbreaking ceremony, from left to right, are Robert Schillerstrom (Trustee, The Morton Arboretum), Gerard Donnelly (President and CEO, The Morton Arboretum), Doris Christopher (Garden donor), Anna Ball (Trustee, The Morton Arboretum), Stephen Van Arsdell (Chair, Board of Trustees of The Morton Arboretum), Robert Berry (Garden donor).


Frequently Asked Questions

  • The former Hedge Garden will be closed from the end of June 2021 until The Grand Garden opens in September 2022.

  • The garden is scheduled to open in September 2022. An official opening date will be announced in 2022. Check back for additional updates.

  • Yes, the new garden will be accessible for guests of all abilities. Paved walkways throughout the garden will help guests easily explore.

  • Find 1,700 acres of tree collections, gardens and landscapes, and exhibitions to explore during your next visit. Browse all of the things to do at the Arboretum for your next visit.

  • There are many benefits to supporting the Arboretum’s centennial initiatives. Details broken down by giving levels can be found on this donor benefits page.


Be part of The Morton Arboretum’s next century. Make a gift to celebrate 100 years of work for trees and people.

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