Tree & Shrub Donations

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens in Palos Heights has lasting ways for you to honor or memorialize that special person in your life amid the splendor and beauty of Lake Katherine. 

The Arboretum

On the southern shore of Lake Katherine, the Arboretum surrounds a meandering walking trail, complete with groves of trees and benches placed to enjoy a sweeping view of the lake. 

The Children's Forest

The Children’s Forest, at the west end of Lake Katherine, is a favorite of youngsters, with its storytelling circle, schoolhouse arch, restored wetland, and proximity to “Turtle Bay” and its visiting wildlife. 

Tree and shrub Choices for 2022 

Trees: Bur oak, white oak, swamp white oak, river birch, catalpa, sweet gum, sour gum, ironwood, bald cypress, linden, black cherry (No maples or pears)
Trees cost $600 with personalized plaque

 Shrubs: Maple leaf viburnum, blackhaw, early wild rose, Illinois rose, witch-hazel, ninebark, indigo bush, red chokeberry, buttonbush, red twig dogwood, American filbert
Shrubs cost $250 with personalized plaque 

Order Information

Orders received by March 31st will secure a spring planting. Any orders received after this will be planted in our fall season which starts October 1st.
Orders received by August 31st will secure fall planting. There is no guarantee for planting in fall on orders received after this. Dedications are good for twenty years.