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.
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
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
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
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.