The Morton Arboretum has a new 2-acre “grand garden”.
As part of the Morton Arboretum’s yearlong centennial celebrations the 1,700-acre tree museum and research center has opened a brand new garden space called “The Grand Garden”.
The centrally located gathering space just steps away from the Visitor Center, opened to the public on Sunday, September 18 with a special ceremony and is now included in general admission to the Arboretum. Guests can enjoy 2-acres of lush new garden space spanning about the length of two-and-a-half football fields.
Here’s a sneak peek at the spectacular new Grand Garden opening 1 p.m., Sept. 18! The garden is fully accessible and included with Arboretum daily admission. Get timed-entry tickets in advance here: https://t.co/mtrgDI5zuX #TheGrandGarden #MortonArbCentennial #mortonarboretum pic.twitter.com/SnbWsfMlPY
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According to Arboretum President and CEO Gerard T. Donnelly, Ph.D., the garden was designed to showcase the beauty and diversity of plants as a masterful horticultural display reimagining the footprint of the Arboretum’s former Hedge Garden dating back to 1934.
“The Grand Garden will have great appeal to the public with vibrant plantings, delightful water features and spaces designed for celebration and joy. The garden adds a significant new dimension to the Arboretum guest experience. It is brimming with beautiful blooms, bright vistas and the alluring sounds of falling water.” said Donnelly.
There are three main spaces in the Grand Garden —Centennial Plaza, the Celebration Garden and the Joy of Plants Garden, each providing guests with a different experience including plant-filled rooms, shimmering fountains, and a spacious terrace for weddings and other special events.
Take a sneak peek below:
More information can be found at mortonarb.org/grand-garden.
[Featured image of the Grand Garden courtesy of Morton Arboretum]