In celebration of its signature holiday, The Morton Arboretum welcomes the return of the annual Arbor Day Plant Sale, open to the public April 27 and April 28. Featuring more than 200 different types of trees and plants, the sale is one of the largest in the Chicago area and attracts gardeners and homeowners seeking plants specially chosen by the Arboretum’s knowledgeable staff to flourish in Chicago-area gardens.
Shoppers can select from a huge assortment of trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, ferns, vegetables and herbs. Plant Geniuses, a team of Arboretum employees, volunteers, and master gardeners, will roam the sale and offer guidance to those seeking expert advice on what will work best in their yard or garden. Shoppers are encouraged to bring in plans or ideas centered on the trees, shrubs, vegetables and flowers they would like to see in their home landscape.
The plant sale will take place on the Arboretum’s west side near the Arboretum’s 18,000-square-foot plant production facilities and state-of-the-art greenhouses, where staff horticulturists grow many of the plants that will be available.
The Arbor Day Plant Sale is part of a week-long celebration to honor Arbor Day, which is recognized in Illinois on the last Friday in April. Arbor Day was instituted in 1872 by Julius Sterling Morton, the father of Arboretum founder Joy Morton, to encourage the planting and protection of trees.
Every plant sale purchase will support the Arboretum’s work as the champion of trees, which includes its leading scientific research, conservation, education, and outreach about trees in the region as well as the care of its 1,700-acre grounds. Public shopping hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28. Members with pre-purchased timed tickets can take part in shopping beginning Friday, April 26. Arboretum admission is required.