Morton Arboretum

Connecting With Nature With Lego Sculptures

A hummingbird visits a giant trumpet flower in the Arboretum’s maze garden

A hummingbird visits a giant trumpet flower in the Arboretum’s maze garden

In each of the past three years, Morton Arboretum has brought an art exhibit onto the outdoor museum. Giant trolls started to attract big crowds last summer and the wooden sculptures still stand, sit, and hide at locations across the Lisle based property. This summer the arboretum brought in another group of sculptures. First Light host Brian O’Keefe talked with the artist behind the brightly colored nods to the real world.

A brightly colored Corn Spider appears to be descending from the roof of the Morton Arboretum Visitor’s Center

A brightly colored Corn Spider appears to be descending from the roof of the Morton Arboretum Visitor’s Center

A grand father and grand daughter plant a tomato plant just outside the Children’s Garden

A grand father and grand daughter plant a tomato plant just outside the Children’s Garden

Visitors check out a giant bee, or is the bee checking them out near the Morton Arboretum’s Ginkgo Cafe

Visitors check out a giant bee, or is the bee checking them out near the Morton Arboretum’s Ginkgo Cafe

Tracking The Arrival of Spring Flowers

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his time of year can see wild temperature swings, Monday saw a sunny 75 degress across the region by Friday it was cloudy, windy, and 25 degrees cooler. Despite that, spring flowers have started to make their appearance. For several years the Morton Arboretum’s Ed Hedborn has tracked the arrival of spring flowers. I visited with him last spring and wondered if the fluctuations in daytime temperature affects the early flowers

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Trolls Continue To Patrol Morton Arboretum

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With summer winding down, and families looking for last minute getaways and things to do, First Light host Brian O'Keefe revisits a story he first told you about in early June. If you’ve driven down I-88 in recent weeks, you may have noticed a giant wooden creature peering down on the traffic from a hill on the Morton Arboretum property. It’s one of several trolls installed at the Lisle based outdoor museum to celebrate summer. Brian met Arboretum Manager of Interpretation and Exhibits Sarah Sargent near the main parking lot where one of the trolls has crushed a car with a giant rock. The Trolls are the work of Danish artist Thomas Dambo

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There Be Trolls At The Arboretum

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If you’ve driven down I-88 in recent weeks, you may have noticed a giant wooden creature peering down on the traffic from a hill on the Morton Arboretum property. It’s one of several trolls installed at the Lisle based outdoor museum to celebrate summer. First Light host Brian O'Keefe met Arboretum Manager of Interpretation and Exhibits Sarah Sargent near the main parking lot where one of the trolls appears to have crushed a car with a giant rock. The Trolls are the work of Danish artist Thomas Dambo

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Weekly Report Tracks What's In Bloom

Despite our cool, almost non-existent spring, the region’s blooming plants won’t be deterred. First Light host Brian O'Keefe took a trip to Morton Arboretum this week to talk with Manager of Plant Records Ed Hedborn. During the spring Ed compiles a weekly report on what’s in bloom at the Lisle based Arboretum

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The Lights Are On At The Morton Arboretum

At least for the next several weeks, Morton Arboretum’s tree collection will take the spotlight, literally. The Lisle based outdoor space kicked off its annual holiday light show last weekend. The display continues through the first of the year. First Light host Brian O'Keefe got an early look at Illumination

Fantasy Forest at Illumination

Fantasy Forest at Illumination

Lights on the surface of Morton Arboretum's Meadow Lake

Lights on the surface of Morton Arboretum's Meadow Lake

Mother Nature Prepares A Brilliant Show of Color

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After a warm and dry summer, temperatures have cooled, rain has become more common, and the number of daylight hours dwindles. Those factors combine to usher in the arrival of Mother Nature's annual stunning display of color. Morton Arboretum is one of the best places in the region to take in the fall color. Ed Hedborn is Manager of Plant Records at the Arboretum, he says peak color is probably a week or so away.

Photos courtesy of The Morton Arboretum

Photos courtesy of The Morton Arboretum