Formatblack marker and watercolor on illustration board
Dimensions35.5 cm W x 55.9 cm H (Item)
Primarily textual teaching aid depicting Arboretum landscape. This material describes the biography of a red oak tree with illustrations and text.
Header: TREES KEEP RECORDS [Illustration of a tree writing in a book with a quill pen, saying "it's nothing, really!"]
Text and illustrations from top to bottom, left to right:
- This red oak was planted, probably by a squirrel, the year that Mr. Joy Morton was 14. [Illustration of a squirrel planting an acorn with a shovel and a sketch of a high wheel bike and cyclist in the background, followed by the year 1869]
- It was this large (red ring) in the year that Sterling Morton inaugurated ARBOR DAY. [Illustration of men in top hats and suits planting trees, followed by the year 1872]
- It was this larger (green ring) in the year the Morton Arboretum was founded. [Illustration of a path with trees, followed by the year 1921]
- It grew vigorously in its youth and then slowed down.