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Friends of Trees

August 16th, 2011

Sunday we decided to cash in our soon-expiring Groupon and visit the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. It’s been a few years at the very least since our last visit because admission is a little steep at $11 per person. We lucked out on the weather which looked threatening but cleared up soon after we arrived.

We rode the Acorn Express which took us on an hour and half narrated tour of the arboretum and learned a lot of interesting things including the fact that the White Oak is the Illinois state tree. I’m sure I learned that in school but didn’t retain the knowledge.

After the tour we decided to become members of the arboretum when we learned that their reciprocal agreement includes the Chicago Botanic Garden, another place we love but has gotten more expensive to visit ($20 per car) over the years. So for $64 ($80 minus what we paid for admission that day) we can now visit both places to our hearts’ content and you can bet with my favorite season – Fall – quickly approaching, we’ll be getting our money’s worth! I’m super excited just thinking about it!

We packed a picnic lunch so we ate before getting in the car and visiting more of the arboretum on our own. We spent four hours there total which was such a nice relaxing way to spend a Sunday.

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