Morton Arboretum grows by 17 acres

Morton Arboretum
Taking a walk, as Joe Hanzlik does in this 2003 file photo of the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, is an easy way to get active and improve health. Photo credit Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/MCT/Sipa USA

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The Morton Arboretum has made its first land purchase in 20 years, and it’s not yet decided how the property will be used.

The arboretum has long had its eye on the Stahelin property on Leask Lane in unincorporated Wheaton, which juts into the western border of the natural site. The owner once had plans to subdivide the land.

The arboretum, which is in Lisle, closed on the parcel last week for $5.1 million. Spokeswoman Alicia LaVire said officials aren’t exactly sure what they’ll do with the roughly 17 acres.

“That portion of the Arboretum property is largely natural area. Obviously, we are a tree-planting, conservation site. We’re considering how this will fit.”

Also to be determined is what will happen to the nearly 4,000-square-foot home that sits on the property. It has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and an indoor pool.

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