450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, Indiana 46385

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Open daily. April-October 8 am to 7 pm CST.

Receive free admission on the first Tuesday of every month. 


Trains are running today!

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About Us

We are one of eight arboreta in the world to achieve ArbNet Level III accreditation! 
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Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is a 360-acre, dog-friendly oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies that offers a variety of events, classes and exhibits. 

Located approximately 25 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and 70 miles southeast of Chicago in Valparaiso, Indiana. Taltree offers beautiful vistas, quiet corners and hiking trails to escape into its diverse landscape.

Taltree is home to 112 unique oak taxa--one of the most diverse oak collections in the nation. The centerpieces of the collection are the Bur Oaks. Other North American, Asian and European species can be seen in the Oak Islands exhibit.

Our most intricate formal garden is the Taltree Railway Garden. This garden features model steam trains in a miniature conifer and woody plant landscape. The garden tells the story of early 19th century U.S. railroad history featuring scenes of the Civil War, westward expansion and the American Industrial Revolution.



Featured Events & Programs

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    March 24 - April 25

    Flower Power Fundraiser

    Order top-quality flower bulbs and roots and Taltree will receive 50 percent of every dollar! All proceeds go to the Karl Bapst Rose Collection memorial fund.

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    April 1 - May 31

    Spring Chimes Exhibit

    Taltree is kicking off spring with a Spring Chimes exhibit. This artistic wind chimes showcase will dot the arboretum’s prairie and formal garden landscape.

  3. April 12 - November 8

    Member Hikes

    These free member hikes will provide a great introduction to all Taltree has to offer during the changing seasons.

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    April 21 - 25

    Runners Week

    Runners test out trails for free! The trails offer a fun challenge of varying surfaces, elevation, twists and turns. Two one-hour introductory runs, lead by Taltree staff, will be held during the week.

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    April 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

    Taltree Spring Cleaning

    Earth Day (April 22). Arbor Day (April 25). Taltree Spring Clean Day! Family event to spruce up for spring. Projects include general clean up and garden work.

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“I grew up in the city where even parks were rare. When I moved to Indiana a few years ago, I found a natural wonderland called Taltree. Taltree offers everything that I longed for, natural beauty, hiking trails and serenity. One visit to Taltree was all I needed. I became a member the next day. On occasion, I just sit on a bench and watch the grasses and trees gently blow in the wind, smell the flowers and listen to the birds sing…This is why I come to Taltree.”