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Tyler Arboretum, Media

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Tyler Arboretum is a nonprofit arboretum located at 515 Painter Road, Media, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. It is open daily except for major holidays; an admission fee is charged to non-members. The property's history began in 1681, when William Penn signed a "lease and release" agreement with Thomas Minshall, an English Quaker, for property in Pennsylvania that contained the site now occupied by the Arboretum. Between 1681 and 1944, the property was home to eight generations of the same family. The Arboretum itself started in 1825 when two brothers, Jacob and Minshall Painter, set aside land to systematically plant more than 1,000 varieties of trees and shrubs. In 1944, descendant Laura Tyler bequeathed the property, in memorial to her husband John J. Tyler, to be a nonprofit arboretum.It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.Today, Tyler Arboretum attracts 70,000 visitors a year to its 650 acre campus and boasts 17 miles of pathways and hiking trails. The horticultural collections include the following major features: The original Painter Trees: 1. Lebanon Cedar; 9. Leatherleaf Mahonia; 11. Yellow Buckeye, the largest giant sequoia in Pennsylvania and possibly in the eastern United States; 14. White Oaks -2; 19. American Linden (Tilia americana); 20. Common Pear (Pyrus communis); and 21. Oriental Spruce (Picea orientalis), a Pennsylvania state champion. Ornamentals: collections of flowering cherry (begun in 1951 with 45 plants representing 23 species and varieties); magnolia (begun 1951); crabapple (1951–1953); rhododendron (begun 1959 with more than 500 rhododendrons and 200 azaleas); holly; and lilac. Pinetum (34 ha / 85 acres, begun in 1954), containing pines, spruces, hemlocks, firs, cedars, cypresses and larches Native Woodland Walk (begun in 1970) Meadow Maze, a recent four-ring labyrinth of meadow grasses based on a classical seven-ringed design Pink Hill, a serpentine barren of serpentine stone with wildflowers Uncultivated land (180 ha / 450 acres) that remain natural and contain 32 km / 17 miles of marked hiking trails. Wister Rhododendron Collection, a collection of more than 500 rhododendrons.
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110 reviews
  • August 2, 2017
    We went to see the Big Bugs exhibit, which was pretty cool! Our kids loved exploring the treehouses, which are all over the place. It can be a lot of walking, depending on how much you want to see (mo...  more »
  • July 21, 2017
    After seeing several friends post pictures on Facebook of the Big Bugs special exhibit at Tyler, I knew I wanted to take my kids there. After further researching Tyler on its website and seeing the pi...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    So much fun for the kids. Great walking paths and beautiful gardens and out door sculptures, and a few animals. Just so very nice.  more »
  • June 19, 2017
    Took the kids here last time I was visiting PA. I lived in the area for 7 years prior and never once visited, that was definitely a mistake. The kids had a blast running around through all the tree forts. It was a great place to walk around. The kids got a chance to see some goats and even try to catch frogs! Definitely a great place to tire the kids out.
  • May 8, 2017
    Beautiful place. I see something different every time I go. My son could spend all day here. Membership is completely worth the price. 17 miles of hiking trails is a nice bonus too.
  • June 20, 2017
    Awesome place for an afternoon hike. My school trips here were very educational on plants and animals.
  • June 14, 2017
    Astonishing place with winding paths through tall trees and green lawns. We have to get back there when we have more time to spare.
  • July 4, 2017
    Exceeded my expectations. Completely imaginative and charming with tons of fun attractions for kids!

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