Guided walks are hosted at Illinois State University on the 490 acre campus. The guided walks are designed to speak to the interests of various groups. The walks are a perfect activity for all kinds of groups, examples would include: school children, professional organizations, academic groups, scouting, retirees, garden enthusiasts, landscape professionals, artists, history enthusiast, and others.
During these walks, you will be able to see the details of trees that may often be overlooked. You might learn of trees and plants that you would like to see in your own landscape, or smell the winter green in Birch bark, or possibly even find rubber growing in trees.
Further tree walk information is available by calling/emailing Patrick Murphy at:
This event was started in 1870 by Jessie Fell and offers a unique experience for all. Although they sold oats and potatoes in Fell’s era, today more difficult-to-find plants that have been grown at Illinois State University are available for purchase. Interesting selections include the following examples:
Illinois State University staff and students will provide customers with answers to all of their plant and gardening questions. All sale proceeds will directly support the Fell Arboretum.
The plant sale will take place on the first Saturday in the month of May.
Further plant sale information is available by calling/emailing Patrick Murphy:
Hosted by Patrick Murphy, this weekly radio program will entertain you while informing you about landscape and gardening best practices. The shows topics may range from landscape color selection to the diagnosis of problems in the garden, and even to the best outdoor entertaining tips.
Listen to Patrick Murphy, Fell Arboretum Curator, chat with WGLT’s Laura Kennedy every Friday morning at 8:50 AM and 4:50 PM. Grow is produced by 89.1 FM WGLT’s Laura Kennedy.
In the spirit of Jesse Fell, Illinois State University hosts a variety of events focused on the celebration of trees and the conservation of nature. Such events include:
Arbor Day and Earth Day events are held during the month of May. As that time approaches, please refer back to the website for more detailed information.
Illinois State University and The Fell arboretum value the long-standing relationship between the university and the surrounding community. Community outreach is vital to the mission of the Fell Arboretum. Important community outreach activities include the following: