450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, Indiana 46385

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Open year-round. Nov-Mar 10 am to 4 pm CST. Railway Garden now closed.
April-October 8 am to 7 pm.

Free admission first Tuesday of each month.

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About Us

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is a dog-friendly oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies that offers a variety of events, classes and exhibits year-round. 

Located approximately 25 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and 60 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.

2014 Best of the Region


Featured Events & Programs

  1. baybreastedwarb
    January 31 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST

    Nature in Symphony

    When we visit nature in spring, summer, and fall all 5 senses are fully engaged and enjoyed. But while nature in winter is still beautiful to experience, our natural senses can still use a boost! Fortunately, many composers have felt the same thing, so they composed many musical experiences that partly or fully engage with nature. The result is a rich nature experience in the concert hall, listening to our living room stereo, or while running with a music player. In our session, we will experience many of the great compositions that help our senses experience nature even when we’re not in nature! We’ve all heard Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”, but who knew there are so, so many other great compositions?!

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  2. Pendant Wire Wrapping
    February 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST

    Pendant Wire Wrapping Jewelry Class

    Learn how to make a necklace pendant in this pendant wire wrapping class. Student will be provided the stone, the wire and tools to wrap the pendant. Students may opt to bring their own pendant for wrapping.

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  3. President's Day
    February 16 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm CST

    Taltree President’s Day Story Time

    Spend President’s Day at the Arboretum! Enjoy a story, snack, and activity. Stay and explore afterwards!

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  4. February 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST

    Cactus and Succulents

    Have you ever wanted to plant a cactus and succulent garden, but haven’t for fear that Indiana winters would not allow it? Do you want to grow aloe as a remedy for wounds? Come learn about how to plant, care for, and grow your own cactus garden, and/or succulent garden! This class will take place in the classroom, in our greenhouse, and will go on a special tour to Taltree’s succulent garden!

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  5. February 21 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST

    Ornamental Landscape Design

    Come learn how to intricately design your garden with ornamental plants from George Brenn, local horticulturist.

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  6. February 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST

    Winter Tree Hike

    Come learn how to identify native Indiana Trees with trained naturalist staff.

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  7. Fossiliferous Limestone
    February 28 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST

    Fossils Class

    Come learn about Indiana’s fossils, how fossils were preserved, and see some very unique specimens!

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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.”