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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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  • A place to find goats, butterflies, frogs, turtles, tree houses, and a botanical garden. They have hiking trails for beginners. Well worth a peaceful visit.  more »
  • Unique history of this museum of trees. It has many fun and unique tree houses for children learn ages 2 to teens and even adults. Beautiful gardens, butterfly house, and special events throughout the...  more »
  • event in barn. Lovely place for the event. down side lots of stairs and dark path to leave event. There was golf cart available for senior relatives would suggest lighting on path from barn/ party are...  more »
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  • We chose Tyler Arboretum for our upcoming spring wedding and we could not be more excited! The number one reason we booked Tyler was because of the beautiful grounds and barn. We've even gone back to Tyler on our own since booking just to enjoy the trails. A very close second reason we chose Tyler was because of the exclusive caterer at this venue, Jeffrey A. Miller. At other venues, I quickly became overwhelmed thinking about having to choose a caterer, rentals, and coordinating everything myself. Not to mention that the costs quickly started adding up! JAM is so inclusive with their services that you could truly stick to their lowest tier package and have a wonderful wedding. At Tyler, JAM does only 1 wedding per day and it will take place after hours leaving you with all 600+ acres for your private event (golf cart included to make the most of your time!). I don't think it gets any better than that! JAM at Tyler has made the planning process as stress free as possible at a surprisingly affordable cost for everything they do. Highly recommend for any event or even to just spend a day enjoying nature!
  • I can visit Tyler any time of the year and have a fascinating hike. So much to see if you look attentively and actively. See the big landscape and the small details.
  • As two Young adult looking for wedding venues and Tyler being our first venue to visit, we met with contact person/Wedding planner Angela. She was not helpful and very condescending from the start. I believe she felt we didn’t ask the right questions before coming in to tour the place but she made us feel very small and insignificant. Quit frankly I felt like we wasted her time and that’s not what u want for the people to feel especially if u want them to consider to rent your venue. Thank God there are other options. Clearly we will not be contacting her again.
  • Put on your walking shoes! You can choose long or short walks, which are great for a day out with family, or to clear your head. Everything is labeled and you can learn a lot about our beautiful earth, here!
  • Attended Home School Day with grandkids. Oldest in class, walked with youngest among trails explaining leaves, tree types & reason for leaf colour changes. Wowed at the giant Sequoia. Interesting day.
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