Perfect Picture Place – The Morton Arboretum

“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” – Henry Thoreau

Whether it’s early morning or late afternoon, there is no better place to take a walk then the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. The Arboretum cover 1,700 acres, has 16 miles of hiking trails, nine miles of roadways for biking and driving, and over 186,000 plants catalogued. It is truly an amazing place, and only a short 40 minute drive from the city.

Two of the very first features you see when entering the Arboretum, is the Maze Garden and the Children’s Garden. My kids usually make a beeline for the maze. More times than not I have to go find them, because they can not find their way out. Their other favorite place is the Children’s Garden. I try to get a short walk in, around the grounds, before we head over to the Children’s Garden. Once we enter, it is very hard to get them to leave.

I have had the pleasure of visiting the Arboretum in spring, summer and fall. I have not yet ventured out in the winter, but I’m hoping with a little more snow this season and my new membership, there will be no excuse to visit.

“Each moment of the year has its own beauty, a picture which was never before and shall never be seen again.”   -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our very first visit was on November 2, 2008. It was 64 degrees out and we wanted to be outside, enjoying the weather. I had wanted to go to the Arboretum for sometime and this seemed like the perfect day to go. I must admit, fall is my favorite time to visit the Arboretum. The colors are breathtaking. They also have the coolest scarecrow exhibit every season. It’s fun to see such imagination and creativity.

Besides the entertaining scarecrows in the fall, the Arboretum has special exhibits throughout the year. Some exhibits may only stay for a season, while others remain year long. They are always visually appealing and at times very interactive.

Now even though fall is my favorite time to visit, summer is pretty enjoyable as well. Even though it can get pretty sticky, there are ways to cool off. My kids have found a few ways to beat the heat. The summer is also a great time to see the wide variety of flowers. It also seems the wildlife are a little more active during this season.

“How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!”  -Emily Dickinson

Hopefully, I have convinced you to visit the Morton Arboretum, or maybe reminded you, it’s time to go back. It is truly an impressive 1,700 acres, full of magnificent views and incredible beauty. It really offers so much for everyone of all ages. If you would like to see more of the Arboretum, check out my YouTube video of a spring visit, we made just two weeks ago.

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