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Subject Resources on Trees and Conservation at The Morton Arboretum

Browse the catalog for more resources on trees, tree identification, and conservation available at the Sterling Morton Library.

Services:

Get to know the Chicago Region Trees Initiative at the Arboretum to learn how they can help communities, public and private landowners, land managers, tree professionals, and groups interested in trees to effectively manage and care for the urban forest.

Education:

  • Classes are available for adults and youth at The Morton Arboretum.
  • Relax on a forest therapy walk or get involved with the Natural Areas Conservation Training program through classes at the Arboretum.

Research programs:

Learn about current Arboretum research projects or read recent published findings from Arboretum staff and research associates.

Subject Resources on Botany and Plant Science at The Morton Arboretum

Services:

Tree and plant advice from The Morton Arboretum Plant Clinic. Find help with plant selection and identification, read about active pests and diseases, or learn about a particular tree or shrub from the experts.

Education:

Classes for both adults and youth at The Morton Arboretum. Enhance your plant ID skills or get your young one excited about science!

Research programs:

Learn about current Arboretum research projects or read recently published findings from Arboretum staff and research associates.

Browse the catalog for more resources on botany and plant science available at the Sterling Morton Library.

Subject resources on Botanical Art and Nature Illustration at The Morton Arboretum

Education:

Classes for both adults and youth at The Morton Arboretum. Sketch a summer landscape with fellow nature artists or learn more about creating texture with watercolor!

Browse the catalog for more resources on botanical art and illustration available at the Sterling Morton Library.

Subject Resources on Birding and Ornithology at The Morton Arboretum

Education:

Classes for both adults and youth at The Morton Arboretum
Learn to identify a specific bird species or sign your young one up to scout out nests, eggs, and feathers!

Browse the catalog for more resources on birds, birding, and ornithology available at the Sterling Morton Library.

In 2011, The Morton Arboretum compiled a list of more than 250 different bird species that have been observed at the Arboretum over the last few decades. View the list here.

Subject Resources on Gardening and Horticulture at the Morton Arboretum

The Sterling Morton Library provides an extensive collection of circulating books on gardening to all who visit The Morton Arboretum. Click here to view our electronic catalog and see some of the titles. Don’t go far if you want more immediate information; the Plant Clinic at the Arboretum provides online resources on gardening from design to planting. There are additional web resources below, along with links to gardening blogs, resources, and more information.

Web Resources and Tools

National Gardening AssociationOffering zone finders, dictionaries, expert advice, and gardening reports, the National Gardening Association’s tagline is “Help us grow the next generation.”

USDA Home Gardening – This section of the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Library provides links to resources for the home gardener. Navigate from here through related USDA resources on commercial gardening, forestry, lawns, and crops.

Horticulture from the University of Illinois Extension –  Plant care and selection guides, gardening tips, garden calendars, and master gardener links.

Blogs

Garden Rant – Lauded for infusing gardening with humor and a lot of opinions, and topping many “best gardening blogs” lists, Garden Rant delivers gardening tips and ideas, opinions, and a little gossip.

A Way to Garden – Featuring gardening tips, guides, recipes, and more from Margaret Roach, a garden writer of 25 years who also writes for Martha Stewart Living, Newsday, and has published three books.

Royal Horticultural Society Blogs – This RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) site collects and displays content from all RHS blogs. Navigate through to also see gardening forums, find gardening advice, and plant information.