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7/18 - A Grand Tour with APA-CMS & ILASLA at the Morton Arboretum

Updated: Jul 14, 2023

Creating a garden to mark the 100th anniversary of an arboretum is a daunting task that takes planning, creativity, generous donors and a construction team that can stay on a tight timeline. Join the American Society of Landscape Architects, Illinois Chapter (ILASLA) and the APA-IL Chicago Metro Section to get an overview of three years of planning, designing and building the new Gerard T. Donnelly Grand Garden at The Morton Arboretum. The presentation will provide a behind the scene look into the design process, the artistic details and the construction challenges of completing a new garden in the middle of an existing Arboretum during a pandemic to commemorate the centennial year and provide a new garden destination for the next century.

Key Issues-

  • Explain how the new garden fits into the overall Arboretum Master Plan

  • Demonstrate how the design respects the existing viewsheds and formal axis

  • Creating new gathering spaces for visitors, both small and large scale

  • Incorporating water into the design to attract visitors and soften outside noise

  • Provide accessibility throughout the garden

Learning Outcomes-

  • Understanding a collaborative design process

  • Providing preliminary images that help motivate your donors

  • Preserving existing trees and protecting soils during construction

  • Creating a rich horticultural experience with an eye toward long term maintenance

  • Incorporating galvanized and stainless steel elements into the design


$15 ILASLA and APA-IL Members

$25 Guests

DATE: July 18, 2023

TIME: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

VENUE: The Morton Arboretum 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532 (+ Google Map)

(you will be redirected to ILASLA's website)

Thank you to The Morton Arboretum for hosting and sponsoring the event.

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