My mom! These beautiful tulips were the first thing we saw while entering the parking lot.
The weather was beautiful here in the Chicago area on Sunday, in the 60's and sunny. We decided to take my mom to Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois!
My mom and I at Morton Arboretum
Morton Arboretum was established in 1922 by Joy Morton, the founder of Morton Salt. He used the original 750 acres of his Thornhill Estate to establish the arboretum, which has grown to 1700 acres of beautiful trees and plant specimens from all over the world.
The arboretum tests, develops and studies trees, shrubs and other plants for hardiness and diseases. It's aim is to educate people about the beauty of nature and present it in all it's glory.
The Hedge Garden features four 20-foot white pillars
We try to visit once a year. Spring is our favorite time! We love the flowering trees and the pretty spring bulbs.
The scents wafting through the air were heavenly! Flowering fruit trees, magnolias, lilacs, viburnums, mock oranges and boxwoods were some of the items we sunk our noses into!
Every time we visit, we see something we've never seen before, like this tree:
The beautiful reddish peeling bark and patchy scales were so unique and textural!
We also saw this walking path made out recycled chips of colored glass. It really sparkled in the sun!
We also noticed more and more yellow-colored magnolias. Pink Saucer Magnolias and Star Magnolias do well in our area, but we're thinking yellow must be a newer variety developed for hardiness in our zone 4.
Of course, we always love the older, twisted tree specimens. Look at those cool roots!
Now, where did Terry go?
Lots of mothers were enjoying their special day at the Arboretum today. The Visitor's Center and the Ginko Restaurant had a grill set up in the courtyard. Our grilled burgers tasted even better outdoors in the warm sun, with the gentle spring breeze blowing.
Most of the trees are just beginning to leaf out and the woodland areas were still waking up. If you're a tree-hugger, be sure to visit Morton Arboretum if you're ever in the area. There's something for everyone!
Happy Mother's Day!