What Is Morton Arboretum?

What Is Morton Arboretum?

Morton Arboretum is the name of an arboretum located in Lisle, Illinois. An arboretum is a botanical garden devoted to the care and preservation of trees and other plant life. The Morton Arboretum was founded in 1922 by Joy Morton, the founder of the Morton Salt company. At the time of Morton's death the arboretum covered 735 acres. Today the Morton Arboretum covers 1,700 acres and consists of trees and various gardens.

The 1,700 acres that make up the Morton Arboretum include a one-acre maze garden, a garden designed specifically for children and a garden made up entirely of fragrant plants. The website of the Morton Arboretum is located at mortonarb.org.

Visitors to the website can access a calendar of events being held or sponsored by the arboretum. There is also an updated visitors' guide available on the website. Admission prices vary with both the season and the age of the visitor and the Morton Arboretum is open 365 days a year from 7am until sunset.

The Morton Arboretum has venues available for corporate events, parties and weddings. Rates vary by season and are available on the website.

In addition to roads and trails, the arboretum has an open-air tram, the Acorn Express, available for visitors. The tram runs daily, weather permitting.