Morton Arboretum Planting
Eldred E. Green, Midwest Chapter
Several years ago the Morton Arboretum developed a new rhododendron and azalea planting on a gravelly hill covered with tall Scotch pines. The hill slopes to the west toward a road. Humus in large quantities was added to the existing soil where the planting beds were laid out. The arboretum has added new varieties right along and expanded the plantings accordingly.
This spring the hill was beautiful with many varieties in bloom and providing a colorful scene. Many members of the Midwest Chapter visited the planting during the cut truss show. All were very much impressed and delighted.
Particularly noticeable were many Shammarello hybrids and numerous Exbury azaleas. As these two groups seem to hold much promise for the central part of the country because of extreme hardiness the members were happy to have the opportunity to compare varieties and observe the growth habits.
The arboretum has other plantings and these were very attractive. The new planting seemed to attract more of the members because of its closeness to the administration building and also because of the newer varieties in it.
Persons who are in the Chicago area would find a trip to the Arboretum profitable in many ways. Dr. Hall, the director, is a most friendly and cooperative individual. Members of the staff who are most interested in rhododendrons are Webster Crowley, Roy Nordine and Walter Eickhorst. Talking with any of these gentlemen is always an educational and delightful experience.
A high speed toll road borders the arboretum and makes it only minutes away from most parts of the Chicago region.