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The features of the four acre children’s garden, “Adventure Woods,” at the Morton Arboretum include ponds, waterfalls and tree houses.
The Morton Arboretum also contains a maze garden to wander through.
The Morton Arboretum also contains a maze garden to wander through.

Roger’s Tree Pick - The Morton Arboretum

Thursday, January 17th, 2013
Issue 03, Volume 17.
Roger Boddaert
Special to the Village News

It was a cold -7 degrees when I set off to spend the day at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill., just outside of Chicago, a few weeks ago. A 1,700 acre arboretum, Morton has trees from all over the world.

The goal of the arboretum is to collect trees, shrubs, plants material and to display them for people to study and enjoy. They want to encourage the public through the planting and conservation of trees and others plants for a greener, healthier and more sustainable world.

So many of the trees that dot and adorn our Fallbrook landscape grow at the arboretum like birch, elms, oaks, liquidambar, conifers, persimmons, walnuts and many seasonal perennials that awaken in springtime after their winter’s dormancy, but many of these are of different species and cultivars.

The property is so large that you have the option to walk, hike, ride a bike or drive your car around these expansive grounds. Whether you’re in the mood for snowshoeing through the East Woods or a serene brisk stroll through evergreens under a blanket of snow, the arboretum has something for everyone even at this time of year.

There is a huge evergreen maze winding around hills and dales planted with yews. Next to this is a wonderful children’s garden on four acres with winding trails, ponds and waterfalls, a huge veggie garden and many whimsical tree houses dotting this unique kids exploratory garden setting.

The arboretum is all about education and they have a very extensive scientific department leading the way in the plant world with breeding programs for new hardy plants. They hold plant clinics and many educational workshops throughout the year. Their research library is one of the tops in the nation and many cultivars of new Advertisement
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hybrid trees have been introduced from the Morton Arboretum in the past century.

It is a landscape that holds many seasonal changes and I recently saw it with snow on the ground, frozen ponds and the skeletal architecture of deciduous trees. There are also massive stands of pines, firs, and conifers in one of the evergreen forest sections.

I would like to return again when all the vegetation is dressed with foliage and flowers. There is a grand spectrum of plants that grow in that cold climate that can be grown up in our local mountains and colder areas like; flowering lilacs (white, pinks, lavender), yellow forsythia, deciduous hydrangea, winter berried hollies, and spiraea.

It is a very interactive arboretum with a lot of hands-on events for the public, so if you’re ever in Chicago and want to experience one of the world’s grand arboretums, I suggest the Morton Arboretum. Check out

I have sent the Morton library a copy of the Fallbrook Master Treescape Plan complete with video on how we developed and began the community tree planting in our little hamlet over 20 years ago. Who knows, someone might pick up our informational tree experience manual and get inspired to carry the torch somewhere else in America with tree plantings in their community.

He who plants trees, believes in all the tomorrows to come.


Roger Boddaert – The Tree Man of Fallbrook can be reached at (760) 728-4297.



Comment Profile ImageSarah Clark
Comment #1 | Friday, Jan 18, 2013 at 9:34 am
Hi Roger,

Thank you for coming to visit The Morton Arboretum and for sharing the Fallbrook Master Treescape Plan with us. We would love to welcome you back in the warmer seasons, whether its when the Bulb Meadow is in bloom or at the height of fall color.

I encourage your community to check out the plant advice section of our website at This is a great resource for homeowners. I hope this is helpful!

Plant trees!

Sarah Clark
The Morton Arboretum

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