Tribute Gifts

Celebrate, honor, and remember loved ones and significant moments with a tribute gift.

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Celebrate loved ones, treasured moments, or significant milestones in your life while furthering the Arboretum’s mission to plant and protect trees for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.

Tribute gift options include the dedication of a bridge, tree, bench, brick, or Sterling Morton Library book. All tribute supporters receive an acknowledgment for their gifts. Your name and the names of those honored through your tribute gift will be entered into the Arboretum’s Tribute Book, kept in perpetuity in the Sterling Morton Library. Donors who make an individual gift of $2,500 or more also receive a complimentary one-year Morton 4 membership. With your personalized tribute gift, the Arboretum can continue as a world-renowned leader in science and conservation, a premier place of learning for all ages, and a home for important tree and plant collections from around the world.

Dedicated bridges feature customized plaques and reserve naming rights for 25 years.

Nameplate dedications can be up to 250 characters long, spanning up to six lines.

Driveable bridge dedication: $50,000
Weathering steel bridge dedication: $30,000
Wood bridge dedication: $15,000

Bridges are subject to availability. Only established bridge locations are available for dedication.

Dedicated benches include a personalized nameplate and are located throughout the grounds.

Nameplate dedications can be four lines with 45 characters per line.

Bench dedication of 50 years: $25,000
Bench dedication of 15 years: $10,000

Benches are subject to availability. Only established bench locations are available for dedication.

With the support of Arboretum experts, select a tree in the central area or living collections for dedication.

The Morton Arboretum will create an engraved tag with your personalized inscription, and you will receive a set number of tag copies for you and your loved ones. Tag dedications can be seven lines with 35 characters per line up to 245 characters in total.

Tree located in a central landscape: $4,000
Tree located in living collections: $2,500

Only established trees existing at the Arboretum can be dedicated. New trees and tree plantings are not available for dedicating. This practice is to help ensure a dedicated tree’s viability to the best of the Arboretum’s ability.

The Morton Arboretum works to maintain tribute trees for their full life span. However, tree longevity varies with the species and environmental conditions. The Arboretum commits to replacing failed trees up to 10 years after a dedication.

Tribute bricks are available for dedication in two areas: the Tribute Walkway, located in the forecourt of the Visitor Center, or Celebration Circle, located at the entrance to the Children’s Garden.

Tribute Walkway Bricks
8” X 8” Brick: $500 (six lines of personalization, 13 characters per line)
4” X 8” Brick: $300 (three lines of personalization, 13 characters per line)

Celebration Circle Bricks
4”x 8” Brick: $500 (three lines of personalization, 13 characters per line)

Engraved tribute bricks are installed twice a year, in spring and fall.

The collections of the Sterling Morton Library are devoted to the literature of botany and horticulture, and also include botanical art, natural history, and children’s books.

Your dedicated bookplate will feature a woodcut print of a hawthorn branch and your personalization. You may select a book from the library or choose one in consultation with the Sterling Morton Library Collections Manager.

Library Book Dedication: $250