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One Among Many

Daugherity
S

I grew up just outside Chicagoland in southern LaSalle county, in a small town on the banks of the Vermilion river.

Childhood
May 8, 2018

Finding My Nest

Christine
F

“Christy, Christy, where are you?” my mother called, in vain.  I was only about a dozen feet away from her, but as it was 12 feet straight up, the odds of her finding me were slim.

Family
May 7, 2018

Poem: Catalpa

Alice
R

When I was five years old
Dad told me, “It’s a catalpa.
See its seed-pod cigars.”

There used to be
a great big tree
a great majesty.

Childhood
May 7, 2018
Seed pods of northern catalpa, Catalpa speciosa

Apple Tree Tag

Katherine
A
I grew up in a small town 100 miles west of Chicago. I am the youngest child of a rather large family, with four older brothers and one sister. 
 
Childhood
May 7, 2018

Endless Beauty

Kelsey
T

This old tree ... I was in the neighborhood this morning, so I had to stop by and pause, inhale the scent of those sweet blossoms, and take a picture.

Family
May 4, 2018
Photo of a magnolia tree with pink flowers

Tree Love

Jennifer
S

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
F

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
W
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

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