Morton Aboretum, Fall 2008

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Morton Aboretum, Lisle, Illinois, USA

(Wikipedia) The Morton Arboretum, in Lisle, Illinois, covers 1,700 acres and is made up of gardens of various plant types and collections of trees from specific taxonomical and geographical areas. It includes native woodlands[1] and a restored Illinois prairie. The Arboretum has over 4,100 different species of trees, shrubs and other woody plants from around the globe. In all, there are over 186,000 catalogued plants. The Arboretum has 16 miles of hiking trails and nine miles of roadways for driving/bicycling.

The Arboretum features a 4-acre interactive "Children's Garden" and a one-acre "Maze Garden." Other special landscaped areas include the Fragrance Garden, Ground Cover Garden and Hedge Garden. The Schulenberg Prairie is one of the largest restored prairies in the Chicago suburban area.

The Morton Arboretum was listed in 2007 as one of the AIA Illinois 150 Great Places in Illinois.

The Arboretum offers an extensive Education Program dedicated to a broader understanding of plants and nature, and ways to improve our world. Classes serve children/family/school groups, encompassing adult programs, certificate and training courses, and a cooperative botany degree program with regional colleges and universities.

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