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Morton Arboretum Celebrates 100 Years

An art piece of a woman holding a globe

Photo credit The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum, in Lisle, is beginning its centenary anniversary year by extending the popular Human+Nature exhibition through March 2023 and adding two, new, large-scale sculptures and a commemorative centennial sculpture by artist Daniel Popper in May. The yearlong celebration began on December 14, the date of the Arboretum’s founding in 1922.

April 29  will mark the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day, the tree planting holiday that originated with the Morton family. It will see the launch of the Arboretum’s 1,000-tree Centennial Tree Planting Initiative in the seven-county Chicago region.

Arboretum President and CEO Gerard T. Donnelly, Ph.D., states, “Trees improve people’s lives and contribute to their well-being. They beautify communities and make them more livable. The Arboretum gives people the opportunity to connect with trees, appreciate them and experience their myriad benefits.” The $16.5 million, two-acre Grand Garden will open in September to showcase the beauty and diversity of plants and create meaningful gathering spaces for people.

Location: 4100 Illinois Rte. 53, Lisle. For information, schedules and tickets, visit