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Tyler Arboretum, Media
(4.6/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We haven't been to Tyler Arboretum in about 20 years, so when we saw a Groupon for half price, we decided it was time to visit. Tyler has many paths and trails. On this trip we decided to stay INSIDE ...  more »
  • $9.00 for a ticker was overpriced. Nice walking trail but not much more. Staff friendly and talkative about what to look for on a walk. 
  • I saw a deal for this location on Groupon. I bought it on a whim and figured I would check it out. We ended up going on a gorgeous October afternoon. What a gorgeous place! It was filled with walking ...  more »
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  • Amazing place. Kids had so much fun. It almost felt like a little magical world. Would definitely recommend.
  • Would have been 5 stars but I wanted to use a Groupon and they told me I had to pay full price because it was a blackout date. No blackout dates were listed when I bought the groupon. Also was expensive.
  • Gorgeous area to walk around, nice hiking trails, beautiful gardens. Definitely check out the awesome treehouses.
  • Incredible collection of trees! I look forward to each visit. Ask for the Kentucky Coffee Tree. It's one of my favs. Another favorite is the giant, super old ginkgo tree. Look closely they are beautiful with or without leaves. Tim
  • BEAUTIFUL place, the trees were amazing,old, majestic! The towering for trees spectacular. The old buildings the stonework and the ponds! Unforgettable! Really enjoyed my visit.