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Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

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450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States
219-462-0025

Upcoming Events

April 2017

Environmental Leaders Exhibit

April 1 @ 8:00 am - April 30 @ 7:00 pm

The relationship between humankind and nature has been controversial in almost every culture. In the United States, heightened awareness of conservation issues began as early as 1850. Can you name five people that helped shape conservation in the United States? Can you name conservationists from Indiana? Join us in discovering who they are! Hike Heron Pond Trail to see the Environmental Leaders Exhibition.  These carved statues and busts were created out of wood gathered from fallen trees on Taltree’s grounds and…

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Wild Edibles Presentation

April 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Build your confidence and competence in identifying, gathering, and eating wild edibles. Join Geologist Dave Hamilla to learn about this intriguing topic. When: Saturday, April 8 Time: 9am-noon Cost: $5 Taltree Members/$15 Non-Members Where: Taltree Depot Register by calling the Taltree Office at 219-462-0025, email info@taltree.org or click here.

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Easter Bunny Photos, Baby Chicks & Live Bunnies

April 8 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Avoid long lines at the mall and come out to Taltree for your family photos with the Easter Bunny! Stop by the Depot and have your fun moment captured forever by a professional photographer. After your photos, check out the Railway Garden and visit with our live animals! Bunnies, baby chicks, turkeys, goats, and chickens!  And don’t forget our Easter Egg Hunt on April 15th! Dates: April 8, 9 & 15 Time: 10am-3pm Location: Photos in Taltree's Depot building Arboretum Admission:…

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Easter Bunny Photos, Baby Chicks & Live Bunnies!

April 9 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Avoid long lines at the mall and come out to Taltree for your family photos with the Easter Bunny! Stop by the Depot and have your fun moment captured forever by a professional photographer. After your photos, check out the Railway Garden and visit with our live animals! Bunnies, baby chicks, turkeys, goats, and chickens!  And don’t forget our Easter Egg Hunt on April 15th. Dates: April 8, 9 & 15 Time: 10am-3pm Location: Photos in Taltree's Depot building Arboretum Admission:…

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Children’s Spring Paint Class

April 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

No school on April 14? Come out to Taltree and join artist Susan Young and create a beautiful floral painting. Each participant will work alongside the artist in painting their 11 x 14 inch canvas. Pricing is per canvas. If a parent or guardian is joining the class and not creating a painting, he or she will pay admission. Register by April 7. Where: Taltree Arboretum & Gardens Pavilion, 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso, IN Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm Cost:…

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Easter Bunny Photos, Baby Chicks & Live Bunnies!

April 15 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Avoid long lines at the mall and come out to Taltree for your family photos with the Easter Bunny! Stop by the Depot and have your fun moment captured forever by a professional photographer. After your photos, check out the Railway Garden and visit with our live animals! Bunnies, baby chicks, turkeys, goats, and chickens!  And don't forget our Easter Egg Hunt at 11am that day! Dates: April 8, 9 & 15 Time: 10am-3pm Location: Photos at Taltree's Depot building Arboretum Admission:…

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Easter Egg Hunt in the Garden

April 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for this extra special Easter Egg Hunt! Scramble to collect eggs filled with treasures in the Children's Adventure Garden. Parents are asked to accompany young children. Bring your own basket. Suitable for ages toddler to 12. No registration is necessary. Time: Hunt starts at 11am and different age groups will be released accordingly. Cost: This event is free with paid admission. Admission fee for the day is free for Taltree members and $10 per non-member carload. *We would like to recycle…

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May 2017

Fairy House Garden exhibit

May 1 - June 30

This trail of whimsical miniature gardens surrounds Heron Pond. Made from natural and recycle materials, each home is unique with a natural landscape to match its personality.

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Mother’s Day Pampering

May 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Time for Mom to take a break and create at-home luxuries. Participants will work alongside Heather from Soapwood Art Studio to create a zesty and uplifting "Lemon Thyme Salt Scrub" and a soothing "Oat and Herb Bath Bag." Take home these two finished products and the recipes, a small bottle of lemon essential oil and most importantly, a revived sense of self! Space is limited- register by May 1. After this class, explore the arboretum and look for all the…

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Mom and Me- Mother’s Day Painting

May 7 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bring Mom out to Taltree and join artist Susan Young in creating a beautiful painting. Mom and child will work together to paint their 16 x 20 inch canvas. Susan will inspire creativity and instruct at a pace for all ages. Below is a sample of the paining and participants can choose their own colors. Pricing is per canvas. Additional children pay admission. Register by April 30. May is a wonderful time to explore the arboretum! Before your paint class,…

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Behind the Scenes Tour of the Award-Winning Railway Garden

May 13 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

In honor of National Train Day, take a behind-the-scenes look at Taltree's Railway Garden. Learn about the locomotives in the age of the steam engines and get an exclusive tour of the largest outdoor railway garden display in the Midwest. Get a peek at the operating room and large collection of train cars and engines. This tour is suitable for adults and children over the age of 10. Time Slots Available: 11-11:30am, 12-12:30pm, 1-1:30pm Cost:$5.00 per person. Advanced registration is required.…

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June 2017

Acorn Concert Series- The Steepwater Band & JJ & Dre

June 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Steepwater Band and JJ & Dre Presented by HighTower Scannell Wealth Management and Thorgren Industries   Sharing shows with music legends such as Buddy Guy, Cheap Trick, and Heart The Steepwater Band headlines this outdoor rock and blues concert on Taltree's beautiful stage. Formed in 1998, The Steepwater Band favors British blues, Psychedelia, Americana, Jazz, and Rock & Roll. JJ & Dre, a Chicago Rock & Roll band with Midwest soul, will get the party started before headliner takes the stage.  Craft beer,…

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July 2017

Acorn Concert Series- The Black Lillies & The Way Down Wanderers

July 8 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Black Lillies and The Way Down Wanderers Presented by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Thorgren Industries Named as one of Rolling Stone Magazine's "10 Artists You Need to Know" , The Black Lillies offer an award-winning blend of country, alt-rock, neo-folk and mountain music. According to Rolling Stone Magazine, "No independent band has played the Grand Ole Opry more often than the Black Lillies". Opening for The Black Lillies is The Way Down Wanders. This Americana group formed in Chicago was listed…

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August 2017

Acorn Concert Series- Joe Marcinek Band & Chester Brown

August 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Joe Marcinek Band and Chester Brown Presented by HighTower Scannell Wealth Management and Thorgren Industries   With original compositions and guest artists at each show, the Joe Marcinek Band's funky jazz style is sure to excite! Each show has a different interpretation and line-up. One of Taltree's favorite bands, Chester Brown will start the show. Featuring an array of covers and original compositions, Chester Brown thrives on improvisation. Craft beer, wine, and local food favorites will be available to purchase during the…

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September 2017

Acorn Concert Series- Mr. Blotto & The Planetary Blues Band

September 2 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Mr. Blotto and The Planetary Blues Band Presented by  Thorgren Industries and Fifth Third Bank  A returning favorite to Taltree's stage, Mr. Blotto is a jam band that blends rock, folk, and country. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Grateful Dead, Bob Marley, and Bob Dylan, this band is sure to have you out of your seat. Opening the show is The Planetary Blues Band who get their inspiration from the blues, taking influence from a wide range of musical styles and melding…

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Acorn Concert Series- Carl Weathersby & The Corey Dennison Band

September 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Carl Weathersby and The Corey Dennison Band (REUNITED) Presented by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Thorgren Industries As one of Albert King's former rhythm guitarist, Carl Weathersby mixes Southern charm, soulful vocals, and fierce guitar-playing. This is one powerful blues performer. Corey Dennison was mentored by and played with Weathersby for 12 years. Since its inception in 2013, The Corey Dennison Band has debuted their soulful blues sound at Buddy Guy's Legend, Rosa's, and Leroy's Hot Stuff. This reunion is not to…

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