Thursday, April 16, 2009

Celebrate trees at The Morton Arboretum - Arbor Week, April 18-26!

At the Arboretum's upcoming celebration of trees, Arbor Week, the theme of One Tree Makes a Difference highlights the many contributions made by each and every tree. Trees contribute a host of benefits to our world -- from the basics like shelter, shade, oxygen and food -- to the sublime like enjoyment, enrichment and -- even inspiration! During this upcoming week there will be a whole raft of activities and events at the Arboretum exploring and celebrating trees including tree plantings, children’s activities and our renowned plant sale. For more information about these events, please visit:

Arbor Day was originally founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton, father of the Arboretum’s founder – Joy. This remarkable celebration has grown to become an international holiday for trees. Celebrated in all fifty states and many different countries, this special day fosters tree planting and tree care. Within the collections of the Sterling Morton Library there are a number of resources focusing on the different aspects of tree care including selection, planting and maintenance -- and some resources that focus specifically on Arbor Day and the Morton Family’s contributions including:

The Arbor Day Lady by Mary L. Hellings - SD363.H4

Arbor Day Manual : an aid to preparing programs for Arbor Day exercises - SD363.S62
J. Sterling Morton by James Olson - CT9610.M6 O4 1972
A Man of Salt and Trees : the life of Joy Morton by James Ballowe – CT9610.M6B3

In our children’s collection:
Arbor Day by Diane Burns – J SD363 .B87
J. Sterling Morton : Arbor Day boy by Clyde Moore - J CT9610.M6 M6

In the Suzette Morton Davidson Special Collections:
Arbor Day : its history, observation, spirit and significance with practical selections on tree-planting and conservation, and a nature anthology, 1909.

Arbor Day: its history and observance, 1896.
Arbor Day, 1888.

From articles in selected journals:
Arbor Day in Flower & Garden, April 1990, v. 34, no. 2, p. 8.
Arbor Day : a Morton tradition by Richard Hootman in The Morton Arboretum Quarterly, v. 30, no. 1, p. 1-5.
The Man who started Arbor Day by Hal Borland in The Morton Arboretum Quarterly, v. 8, no. 1, p. 6-8.
Arbor Day : the first 100 years by H. J. Banker in American Forests, v. 78, no. 4, p. 8-11, 60-61.

At this special time of the year, we invite you to visit the Arboretum and the Sterling Morton Library and learn how one tree makes a difference!

Happy Arbor Week!

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