Children's Garden Planning Workshop


The Morton Arboretum Children's Garden Planning Workshop


September 12-13, 2013

Registration closes August 28th, 2013. 

Children’s Gardens are an effective way to encourage children and their families to explore plants and nature together, learn through play, and connect to your mission. They can result in increased awareness, attendance, membership, engagement, and support for your institution, while developing future generations as stewards of the environment.  


In 2005, The Morton Arboretum opened its pioneering 4-acre Children’s Garden, and over the next two years, saw a marked rise in attendance, family engagement, and membership. This award winning Children's Garden and nature play space has become a source of professional inspiration for botanical garden colleagues pursuing Children’s Garden initiatives. Join fellow botanical garden leaders and The Morton Arboretum Children’s Garden team as we share experiences and insights into planning, design, programming, and lessons learned.

Thursday, September 12 – Friday, September 13, 2013

The Morton Arboretum

4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532




Registration: 1:00 p.m.

Program: 1:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Dinner: 6:00 p.m









Program: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Optional exploration of the garden and grounds: 3:00 p.m.




You will gain:

  • Insight into children’s garden planning, design, and operation including raising funds, the design process, staffing, budget, ongoing maintenance, membership, and promotion.

  • Understanding of the unique opportunities and challenges for horticulture in these gardens

  • Examples of best practices in interpretation, education programming, and evaluation

  • Opportunities for structured, in-person observation of the Arboretum Children’s Garden, followed up with collaborative discussion and brainstorming sessions

  • Networking opportunities and recommendations from experience




$165.00 which includes admission, workshop sessions, tram tour, afternoon refreshments, dinner, and lunch.




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If you have any questions, please contact Amy Scott at or 630-719-2416.




 The Children's Garden at The Morton Arboretum