Sunday, April 01, 2012

Morton Arboretum

Ruth and I are visiting the Morton Arboretum about twenty-five miles west of Chicago this weekend. I am sharing information from my book, GARDEN WISDOM; Ruth is talking about vegetable and fruit preservation.

The Morton Arboretum, some 1700 acres of flowers, trees and prairie, (it includes a one-hundred acre prairie restoration project) was once the country estate of Joy Morton of the Morton Salt Company.

Morton moved here in 1910 and named the place Thornhill. The arboretum was established in 1922 by six members of the family and two executives of the Morton Salt Company.

Today, this showplace of the Mid-west is open to the public, and the public is here, hiking the 16 miles of trails, and biking along the nine miles of paved roads. With our early spring, they could see acres of daffodil’s, many, many red bud trees in full bloom, and even some lilacs sending forth their fragrant flowers.

The address for the Arboretum is Lisle, IL, a bustling business and corporate center. Check it out on

THE OLD TIMER SAYS: It’s good to know that there are still places where peace, tranquility and beauty exist in our hurry, hurry “make a buck” society.

April 12, 7:00 p.m. McMillan Library, Wisconsin Rapids. Garden Wisdom

April 13, 11:00 a.m. Larry Meiller Show, Wisconsin Public Radio. Broadcasting at Fox Cities Book Festival. Garden Wisdom.

April 13, 2:00 p.m. Fox Cities Book Festival, Neenah Library. Garden Wisdom

April 14, 10 a.m.-12 a.m., AAUW, Lacrosse, WI (Garden Wisdom)

April 15, 12:30 p.m. -2:00 p.m. Barnes and Noble, LaCrosse (Campfires and Loon Calls, and my newest book, Garden Wisdom)

April 21, 1:00 p.m. Cedarburg Public Library. Garden Wisdom

April 22, 11:30 a.m. Fond du Lac Historical Society (795 Fond du Lac Ave). Dinner. Remembering our Rural Heritage.

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