Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, Valparaiso

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The Taltree Arboretum and Gardens is a nature preserve near Valparaiso, Indiana in the United States. The preserve has the largest collection of oak trees in Indiana and an award winning garden railway.
In 1990, Damien Gabis, and a group of other environmentally concerned citizens, purchased 72 acres of land in order to preserve the prairie land of the region. They built a house on the property and Gabis and others lived onsite. Eventually, the property expanded to 360 acres and in 1998 Gabis founded Taltree. The original site had only 15 trees on site. Over time, Gabis and his colleagues planted 20,000 trees. Taltree has a performance stage called The Sidetrack which features educational lectures and musical performances. In 2011, Taltree was named one of ten arboreta in the United States that "may well leave you speechless" by MSN. In 2014, the preserve hosted its first OAKtoberfest, a one-day beer festival that showcased beer and cider aged in oak barrels and paired with food.
The total land for the arboretum and gardens is 360 acres. The property includes a prairie, woodlands, wetlands, savanna, and plant collections and display gardens. The arboretum has oak trees and an exhibit of oak trees from around the world. It is the largest collection of oak trees in Indiana. The display gardens include viburnums, conifer and Japanese maples. Native plants found in Indiana are on display in the Joseph E. Meyer Memorial Pavilion Garden and in the Native Plant Garden. Roses and flowering trees are on display in the Audrey and Leonard Hitz Family Rose Garden.
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  • Had family in town and decided to go check out taltree, since the kids always have a blast there. We were disappointed that they're not running the trains with covid, I have no idea why, there's...  more »
  • I went mainly to see the magnificent outdoor train set and it was awesome. The rest of the place is very nice very pretty and if you have younger children there is a farm area that they would enjoy...  more »
  • Been coming here for years, but this time brought my 3 year old nephew from Cleveland who is obsessed with trains. He loved it, there is also some animals and kid friendly activities there. The...  more »

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