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Ever wonder where the Arboretum’s plants came from?

The Morton Arboretum’s exhibit, Plant Hunters, offers a fun look at plant exploration and collecting. Housed at the Sterling Morton Library, the library exhibit not only highlights the crucial research that takes place at The Morton Arboretum but brings awareness to the work of other notable plant researchers throughout history.

The exhibit features many artifacts, including rare photographs of turn-of-the-century China taken by renowned plant collector, Ernest Henry Wilson, who introduced many Asian plant species to Europe and the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Visitors can explore modern plant hunting by getting a close look at instruments used in the field and during scientific study. The exhibit also features interactive elements, challenging visitors to identify various plant species while they learn about the state of threatened trees and plants as well as the conservation efforts of scientists at The Morton Arboretum.


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