Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum was founded by the owner of the Morton Salt Company, Joy Morton, in 1922.  The mission of the arboretum is to " to collect and study trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world, to display them across naturally beautiful landscapes, and to learn how to grow them in ways that enhance our environment. Our goal is to encourage the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world."  Today, Visitor stations at several key locations around the Arboretum offer interpretation panels, special plantings, and a spot from where visitors can access trails to gardens and natural areas.

In 1997, new projects included a children's gardent and a maze garden, open in 2005.  The Sterling Morton Library is on site and houses a significant collection of rare books and prints.

Directions to the Morton Arboretum:
Located 25 miles west of Chicago, The Morton Arboretum is just west of Interstate 355 and north of I-88 on Illinois Route 53.

Westbound I-88: exit north onto Route 53.
Eastbound I-88: follow signs onto southbound I-355 and exit immediately to westbound Ogden Avenue (Route 34). Continue west on Ogden to Route 53 north. Proceed north less than one mile to entrance.
I-355:Follow signs and exit onto westbound I-88.
From the Burlington Northern train station in Lisle, access the Arboretum via cab.

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  • Morton Arboretum
  • 4100 Illinois Route 53
  • Lisle, IL 60532-1293
  • 630-968-0074
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