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Maze Garden

Take on the challenge of a living puzzle at The Morton Arboretum’s Maze Garden.

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Take on the challenge of a living puzzle at The Morton Arboretum’s Maze Garden.

As you enter, you’re presented with a choice of possible starting points. Each will lead you along twisting and winding gravel paths between hedges of arborvitae, yew, and other shrubs until you solve the puzzle by reaching the great sycamore tree in the center. Whether you’re navigating solo or making it a team effort with family or friends, this 1-acre garden is an adventure.

Visit often for seasonal color, from spring’s yellow forsythia and Cornelian-cherry dogwood blossoms to the fiery foliage of arrowwood in fall and winter’s dense evergreens. But repeat visits won’t necessarily be a stroll in a familiar garden. Like the flowers and colors, the paths can change too when a gate may redirect your course, making the maze more surprising and fun.

If you’d rather watch from above, climb the stairs to a 12-foot-high lookout platform built around the stunning 60-foot sycamore tree. There you can enjoy a bird’s-eye view of family and friends as they navigate the maze.

A toddler maze offers a mini-challenge to the youngest Arboretum visitors.

With the plant information posted throughout the maze, you may find inspiration, perhaps not for a home maze, but for an attractive shrub or hedge in your yard.

Note: The Maze Garden’s gravel paths are narrow and can be muddy when wet, and slippery in winter weather. The garden may be closed for safety due to weather, even if other trails may be open. To inquire about closure due to weather, contact the Visitor Services desk by calling 630-968-0074 or by email at trees@mortonarb.org.

The Maze Garden is currently open with modified operations, and admission is free with entrance to the Arboretum. Masks are optional for all guests, and hand sanitizer is available at the overlook platform. To find out more about how the Arboretum is protecting public health, please see the COVID-19 FAQ and Know Before You Go page.


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