450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, Indiana 46385

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

Railway Garden is open 8 to 7 pm. Garden trains start running at 10 am.

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. 

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.

2014 Best of the Region


Featured Events & Programs

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    September 1 - November 1

    Trail of Scarecrows Contest 2014

    Choose a story. Build a story scarecrow. Write an essay about how your scarecrow represents the story and/or character chosen. Prizes awarded!

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    September 3 - 28

    Figure Eight Brewing Philanthropint of the Month

    Starting Wednesday, September 3, we are Figure Eight’s Philanthropint on the month. A portion of every India Pale Ale purchase will go toward building a new children’s climbing wall! Kick-off party – Thursday, Sept 4.

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    September 17 @ 8:00 pm - October 31 @ 9:00 pm CST

    Night Hikes

    Come see nature at night! These night hikes are a great way to see the stars and learn about how elusive nocturnal wildlife can be.

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    September 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST

    Indiana University’s Another Round – A Capella concert

    Our concert season comes to a close with Another Round, Indiana University’s hit a cappella group. Following in the footsteps of Straight No Chaser, Another Round has played to sold-out crowds throughout the Midwest.

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    October 1 - 31

    The Haunted Railroad & Fall Festival

    Held the entire month of October, The Haunted Railroad & Fall Festival is sure to be a spooky good time. This family friendly event kicks off with a Halloween railway garden of skeleton conductors, ghost passengers, spiders and haunted houses all month long.

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    November 1 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

    Taltree 10K

    This 10k run is open to runners and walkers of all skill levels. The course terrain is flat with some challenging hills. The trail is a combination of pavement, gravel, grass and wood chips. Run begins at 9 am.

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    December 6 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm CST

    Taltree Holiday Express

    Get into the holiday spirit Saturdays in December with the Christmas classic story time. Visit with Santa. Enjoy cookies and cocoa. See the Railway Garden’s model trains in action.

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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.”