When Joy Morton established The Morton Arboretum in 1922, he envisioned a “great outdoor museum” of trees. Today, our living collections inspire visitors to appreciate, learn about, plant, and protect trees. The Arboretum champions the world's trees through scientific study, conservation, education, and outreach.
The Morton Arboretum's 1,700 acres hold more than 222,000 live plants representing nearly 4,300 taxa from around the world. Situated on the rolling Valparaiso moraine and bisected by the East Branch of the DuPage River, the Arboretum is planned and planted to nurture and display trees and shrubs in environments conducive to their growth.
The Arboretum offers extensive educational programming for all ages; conducts leading research on tree health and tree improvement; breeds and introduces hardy and disease-resistant trees and shrubs for distribution throughout the Midwest; and presents nature-related activities year-round for people of all ages and interests.
Also on the grounds are the Visitor Center and Plant Clinic, The Arboretum Store, Ginkgo Restaurant and Café, four-acre Children’s Garden, one-acre Maze Garden, an environmentally-friendly parking lot, and a paved walking trail around restored Meadow Lake.
Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN, a certified Forest Bathing Practitioner, (Cohort 11) author and international lecturer has been a practicing herbalist for forty years. She has written several books on medicinal plants of Belize where she currently lives. She was an apprentice to Maya shaman, Don Elijio Panti, for thirteen years. She is the founder of The ARvigo Technqiues of Maya Abdominal Therapy, Rainforest Remedies Herbal Company, The Belize Ethnobotany Project and Ethnobotany in the Classroom.
Her latest book, The Urban Herbalist: Medicinal Plants of American Cities is a great resource for the Forest Therapy Guide to learn to identify and use common and tasty wild plants in the tea ceremony. Rosita's goal is to share her knowledge with you during this immersion week so that you will feel competent and confident in your selection of wild plants for the tea ceremony.