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Swingers of Willows

Nancy
P

I grew up in Lansing, Illinois, a southeastern suburb of Chicago.  When I was two years old, we moved into a pre-World War II house with a double lot that had older, established trees and a pa

Childhood
November 22, 2018

A tree is a playground

Pamela
C

Growing up we had more than one horse chestnut tree around our block on the northwest side of Chicago. As kids, we liked to collect the chestnuts when they fell in their prickly green covers.

Childhood
November 13, 2018

Diana

Maggie
W

Years ago, before I knew that Bradford pear trees were not long lasting, I planted one in my front yard.

Landscape
November 7, 2018
wooden rabbit carved from tree

Growing Together

Beth
G

In no time we were in love with the backyard. Of all the exciting new things about moving to Downers Grove and having our first single-family house, we were continually drawn to the backyard.

Family
November 7, 2018

IMAGINATION FLIES

Jeanine
D

Behind our backyard, through an opening in the prickly bushes, was an orchard.  At least that was what my mother called it when I was young, growing up in the Chicago suburbs.  It was ten

Childhood
November 7, 2018

My Ginkgo Tree

Sally
G

When I moved to the Glen Ellyn area over 40 years ago, my husband and I were delighted to discover the Morton Arboretum. It was nearby and a great place for hiking.

Landscape
November 7, 2018

Faithful Memories

Heidi
Q

My parents moved onto their Tinley Park half-acre lot when I was two years old. Toward the center of the backyard was an old silver maple. Its trunk measured at least three feet in diameter.

Childhood
November 7, 2018

An Angel Among Us

Marita
B

Over the years my family has visited the Morton Arboretum for the beauty of the trees. The spring blossoms, the summer leaves, and the autumn colors.

Memorial/Tribute Tree
October 31, 2018

Secrets

Eleanore
T

Once upon a time there was a young girl who loved her grandmother's back yard. It was filled with many white pine trees. The one next to the school parking lot somehow beckoned to her.

Childhood
October 27, 2018

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