Adult Programs

The Grand Plan: Creating the Arboretum’s Centennial Garden (in person)

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the conceptualization, planning, and installation of the two-acre Grand Garden with its project leader, Susan Jacobson, head of site planning and design at The Morton Arboretum.

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Get a behind-the-scenes look at the conceptualization, planning, and installation of the two-acre Grand Garden with its project leader, Susan Jacobson, head of site planning and design at The Morton Arboretum. 

The program will begin with a presentation, showing the stages of the design process, discussing plant selection and hardscaping, and considering the ways in which visitors interact with the lushly planted garden rooms. After the presentation, head outside for a tour of the Grand Garden, where Susan Jacobson will highlight features in the three main spaces—Centennial Plaza, the Celebration Garden, and the Joy of Plants Garden.

Landscape designers, home gardeners, and Arboretum lovers will enjoy seeing what goes into the creation of a magnificent, large-scale garden. 

Come prepared to spend time walking outdoors on paved surfaces. 

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COVID-19 Precautions: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s safety guidelines

Notes:

  • Held indoors and outdoors.
  • Be prepared to walk less than a mile on paved walkways.
  • If rain is forecast, bring rain gear.
  • Limit 45 

Susan L.B. Jacobson, FASLA, PLA, head of site planning and design at The Morton Arboretum

Susan is the landscape architect and head of site planning and design for The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. With forty years of experience as a landscape architect in the Chicago area, she has worked in both private and public practice. Susan holds a BLA from the University of Illinois, and is licensed.  As a full member in the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) since 1982, she was elected Fellow in 1995, and received the President’s medal in 2017. Susan has served as the president of the Illinois Chapter and the National ASLA, and is still active on the National ASLA Honors and Awards and the Constitution and Bylaws committees. Susan also received the U of I Department of Landscape Architecture Alumni Medal in 2019 for outstanding support of the department and the profession.

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