Save the date! November 10-11, 2016

Public gardens have special knowledge and perspectives on plants that escape cultivation and invade natural areas to disrupt ecosystems. The Morton Arboretum, together with its partners, is encouraging those with gardens of all sizes to bring their scientific expertise and on-the-ground experience to a new effort focused on identifying and managing problem plants.

The Morton Arboretum, the Midwest Invasive Plant Network, and the Ohio Invasive Plants Council will convene a summit this fall to discuss how public gardens can collaborate to identify potentially invasive cultivated plants and control them before they spread too far. The summit will take place Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11 at the Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, Illinois.

Gardens small and large can contribute to discussions about this increasing problem as participating organizations explore how to leverage their collective expertise and experience to in combating this major environmental issue. Hear speakers from across the country, including National Tropical Botanical Gardens, The Morton Arboretum, University of Cincinnati, Chicago Botanic Garden and more!

Registration is now open! Click here or visit for more information and to register.

Learn more about the organizations leading this fall’s conference:

●      Midwest Invasive Plant Network

●      The Morton Arboretum

●      Ohio Invasive Plants Council

Contact: Megan Dunning, Manager of Adult Programs 630-725- 2101,

About The Morton Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum and tree research center located in Lisle, Illinois. As the champion of trees, the Arboretum is committed to scientifically-informed action, both locally and globally, and encouraging the planting and conservation of trees for a greener, healthier, more beautiful world.  On 1,700 acres are 222,000 plant specimens representing 4,500 different kinds of plants, along with specialty gardens, educational exhibits, the award-winning Children’s Garden, 16 miles of hiking trails and the Visitor Center, featuring The Arboretum Store and the Gingko Restaurant and Café. The Morton Arboretum is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization, welcoming more than 1 million visitors and serving 43,700 member households in 2015. Learn more at