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Tyler Arboretum, Media

Categories: Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 95+ 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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  • My teenage daughter and toddler son had a great day here! We couldn't have asked for better weather. The staff were very friendly when we checked in. The grounds were breathtaking! I only wish I had m...  read more »
  • We enjoy taking our 2 year old to this arboretum. He can safely run around, explore the tree houses, and visit the goats. 
  • If Longwood Gardens is for adults then Tyler Arboretum is definitely for kids. Longwood is too huge for little kids but you can do just about everything at Tyler Arboretum and still make the relativel...  read more »
  • 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.
  • What a gem! Beautifully manicured grounds with installations for the kids (OK and adults too) to explore. Lots to see and do. We spent several hours hiking around and never became bored.
  • Loved it. We purchased discounted tickets on Groupon, and went to the arboretum on a perfect Sunday afternoon. The weather was perfect for some walking around the beautiful place. The kids (10 and 4) loved the many tree houses and other fun structures around the arboretum (butterfly house, imagination station, meadow, Fort Tyler, maze). I only wish we had more time, as we only got under 3 hours there, so we didn't have time to do any of the hiking trails there. We will definitely try to go back again this summer/fall - to do more exploring, walk a trail, and have fun picnicking there. Thumbs up!!!
  • One of my favorite spots in Pa! My daughter had her wedding here and it was magical! Angela, the wedding coordinator, is very helpful!! Jeffrey Miller, the catering company, offers delicious food!
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