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Morton Arboretum Breaks Ground on New Garden

A drawing of a new garden at The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum, in Lisle, has begun construction of a lush, colorful, new, two-acre Grand Garden and gathering space in preparation for its centennial celebration in 2022. A reimagination of the Hedge Garden, created in 1934, it will honor the historical view and layout of the earlier garden in a transformed setting showcasing the beauty and diversity of plants. The $15 million garden will be funded with philanthropic gifts covering capital costs and endowment funding for its continued care and maintenance.

“The Grand Garden will become a new centerpiece of the Arboretum guest experience—it will be a must-see destination,” says President and CEO Gerard T. Donnelly, Ph.D. “It will appeal to the public’s appetite for beauty and experience with colorful plantings, delightful water features and spaces designed for celebration and joy in a gorgeous outdoor landscape garden.”

Location: 4100 Illinois Rte. 53, Lisle. For more information, visit