Morton Arboretum- a treasure in any season!

January 3, 2011 at 3:00 PM Leave a comment

Last week, when the ground was still blanketed in snow, a friend of mine and I went to Morton Arboretum for a winter visit.  It was a cold, sunny day.  We were pleasantly surprised to see so many people out there enjoying nature.  They rent snowshoes if there is at least 4″ of snow on the ground.  Of course the first place we visited was the Conifer (cone bearing) Collection where we recognized many varieties of evergreen trees and shrubs.  We then visited the shrub section.  We saw so many dried flower heads still clinging the hydrangeas that we made a vow to come back to visit and the fall when the hydrangeas are in full bloom.  We intend to visit at least four times a year being sure to see the spring flowering trees .  Morton is about 35 miles from Old Irving Park and took about 45 minutes to get there traveling mid-day.  They are currently hosting a very interesting exhibit called “Steel Roots” by artist Steve Tobin.  He was so inspired by the roots of trees that he used real tree roots as his inspiration and reproduced them in bronze and other metals.  His 14 sculptures are on display throughout the Arboretum.  This exhibit will be there until the end of January.

We tend to forget that just outside the city, there is a lot to see and do.  Check out Morton Arboretum’s web site for special events, winter bird walks, botanical art and horticulture classes.

http://www.mortonarb.org/

The Conifer Collection

A snowy scene in January.

Dried hydrangea flower heads.

A beautiful tree.

Beautiful exfoliating bark.

Exfoliating bark

Seed heads against the winter sky.

Steel Root sculpture

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