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Tree Love

Jennifer
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There was an ash tree in the front yard of my childhood home. Although there were many trees in our yard, this tree stood alone.

Childhood
May 1, 2018

The Thankful Walk

Mary
O

I come from a family with eight kids and we visited The Morton Arboretum frequently as a family. One of my favorite traditions is our Thanksgiving Day walk at the Arboretum.

Holiday
May 1, 2018
Family posing together in from of Visitor Center at The Morton Arboretum, with snow

Comfort and Peace

Viana
O

My story isn't just about one tree but about being among many trees. The day my mother died, I headed straight to The Morton Arboretum to go for a walk in the woods.

Family
April 30, 2018
Photo of Spruce Plot at The Morton Arboretum, a grove of tall spruce trees

The Circle of Life

Jeffrey
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In September 1999, my 13-year-old daughter came to me for help after being assigned an eighth-grade science project: “creating an experiment with plants.” Being an avid amateur gardener

Family
April 28, 2018
Oak sapling enclosed in mesh fabric to deter cicadas

My Tree Man

Anne
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For at least 25 years I've been doodling trees--in margins of notebooks in high school English, on my flared jeans in Sharpie during a "Survey of the Old Testament" class in college
Family
April 28, 2018

The Last of the Elms

Ann
S

Studded with galls and marked by a long, zipper-like scar, the last of seven elm trees presided massively over our front yard, sheltering generations of squirrels and at least one small human who w

Childhood
April 26, 2018

Cherry Time

Barbara
L

My parents retired to a smaller home in the Aurora area as they aged, and their home had a cherry tree in the backyard. I would visit them weekly from the north suburbs with my children.

Food
April 25, 2018

A Gift for Mom

Meghan
W

Redbuds always remind me of the beauty of spring, the awakening from the winter and the coming of a vibrant summer.

Family
April 25, 2018
Small girl kissing trunk of redbud sapling

The Gathering Tree

Scott
G

Scott Grams, the executive director of the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association, shares the importance of a childhood tree and what it meant to the kids of a suburban tract home community.

Childhood
April 24, 2018

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