Tribute gifts

Tribute gifts are a unique way to celebrate, honor, and remember those people who make a difference, and the occasions that matter. Recognize your family, special friends, or business colleagues; a wedding, anniversary, birthday, or retirement. Your personalized tribute gift supports The Morton Arboretum and our goal to encourage the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. 



Whether you give a general tribute gift or you dedicate a tree, bench, brick, or library book, your name and the names of those celebrated, honored, and remembered, will be entered into our Tribute Book kept in perpetuity in the Sterling Morton Library. All tribute gift donors receive an acknowledgment of their gift. Donors of $1,500 or more receive a complimentary one-year Morton 4 membership.

To learn more about our Tribute Program and the dedication of a tree, bench, brick or library book, please contact the Development Office at 630-725-2027. To give a tribute gift online, click here

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Tribute tree
Tribute trees

Find a perfect setting to celebrate, honor, and remember. Along with our Manager of Plant Records, you may select a tree from among our living collections to dedicate. We’ll add your personalized dedication to the engraved tag on the tree, and provide copies of that tag for you and your loved ones. 

  • Tree located in Central Landscape:  $2,500
  • Tree located in Living Collections:  $1,500

The intent of The Morton Arboretum is to maintain Tribute trees for their full life span. However, tree longevity varies with the species and environmental conditions. The Morton Arboretum conmmits to replacing failed trees up to ten years after a dedication.



Tribute bench
Tribute benches

Our Tribute benches complement garden settings and trail walkways and create an opportunity for visitors to sit and enjoy the surrounding beauty. Along with our Landscape Architect, you may select the location of a bench to dedicate. A personalized nameplate will grace the bench for fifteen years.  

  • Bench located in Central Landscape:  $5,000
  • Bench located in Living Collections:    $3,000





Tribute brick

Tribute bricks

Dedicate an engraved brick in the Tribute Walkway, located in the forecourt of the Visitor Center. The Tribute Walkway is sheltered by a stately ivy covered sugar maple and adjacent to our Tribute Garden. Newly engraved tribute bricks are placed twice a year, in spring and fall. 
  • Walkway Brick 8" X 8":  $500
    (6 lines of personalization, 13 characters per line)
  • Walkway Brick 4" X 8":  $300
    (3 lines of personalization, 13 characters per line)





Tribute book

Tribute books

The collections of The Sterling Morton Library are devoted to the literature of botany and horticulture, and also include botanical art, natural history, and children's books. Along with the Arboretum’s librarians, you may select a book on a specific topic or with special significance. The dedicated bookplate features a woodcut print of a hawthorn branch and your personalization.
  • Library Book Dedication:  $250







Customized tribute

Customized tributes

The Arboretum is fortunate to have 1,700 acres of natural areas for donors, members, visitors, and guests to enjoy. We host 16 miles of hiking trails and 9 miles of scenic roadways. Beautifully crafted bridges are sited in picturesque settings along well-planned, meticulously groomed walking trails. A gift of a walking trail or tribute bridge is a significant gift for that special friend or loved one. Dedicated bridges will be labeled with an engraved nameplate. Walking trails will be designated with a trail marker. Customized tributes are available at a starting gift of $10,000. For more information, please contact the Development Office at 630-725-2027. To learn more about available customizable tribute gifts, view PDF iconThe Morton Arboretum Bridges