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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

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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Taltree Honors Memorial Day

May 29 @ 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens will be honoring active military and veterans on Memorial Day by granting them free admission. Enjoy trails filled with Spring blooming plants and trees while viewing our Fairy House Garden exhibit around Heron Pond. Don't forget to stop by the Railway Garden to view the trains. We thank you for your service.

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June 2017

Basics of Essential Oils

June 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Learn the basics about essential oils and using them for body fragrance. This make and take event will have you making and leaving with a lavender roll-on pulse point perfume and a list of tips to make your own items at home. Located in Taltree’s Classroom. Cost: Members $20/ Nonmembers $25

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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. Listen to…

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Catch & Release Fishing

June 17 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Spend time with your dad or other loved ones at Taltree. Bring your own fishing equipment and bait. Located at the North Pond. Free with admission. This event will also be happening June 18. North pond will be open for fishing. Bring your own equipment and bait. First time fishing? Taltree, through assistance with DNR, will have limited rods and reels on hand and a naturalist to teach new anglers how to fish.   Other activities: Fish crafts- “Gyotaku” Parts…

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Cinderella Ball

June 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Back by popular demand! This princess themed dance features photos with a horse-drawn carriage, delicate hors d'oeuvres and dances sure to make your daughter feel like royalty! Guests are encouraged to dress in a costume, while princesses and a prince will be present. Light appetizers will be served, horse and carriage photo opportunities will be available and mini horses will make an appearance for petting and photos! The Indiana Ballet Theatre will also be performing for all guests. ADVANCE TICKET…

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Father’s Day

June 18 @ 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Join us at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens to celebrate Father's Day by granting free admission to all fathers. Enjoy a day of beautiful landscape and a morning of Catch and Release Fishing at the North Pond from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. North pond will be open for fishing. Bring your own equipment and bait. First time fishing? Taltree, through assistance with DNR, will have limited rods and reels on hand and a naturalist to teach new anglers how to fish.  …

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Summer Tree Walk

June 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for a Summer Tree Walk led by Taltree Arboretum & Gardens arborist Craig Gress. Visitors will be learning about what's in bloom along with habits and characteristics of the trees. Free with admission.

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String Art Project

June 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

String art is a beautiful technique to create a 3D masterpiece! Perfect for families and students of all ages. Located in the pavilion. Cost: $20 for members/ $25 for nonmembers

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Night Hike

June 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Explore the arboretum after hours! What creatures will we hear or see in the night? How can they survive in the darkness? Join a Taltree Naturalist and find out! Free with admission.

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July 2017

Happy 4th of July!

July 4 @ 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Looking to add to your plans for the 4th of July? Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is offering $10 admission per CAR LOAD this day! Come enjoy the trails, the Railway Garden or possibly a picnic on the property.

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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 Wanderers. This Americana group formed in Chicago was listed…

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Nature Photography Workshop

July 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come join us for photo fun at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens where we will view nature photographs, take a photo excursion on the 330-acre Taltree grounds and make prints of your favorite images. Cost for members: $15 Cost for nonmembers: $20 Includes admission

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Red Cross Blood Drive

July 16 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Come out to support a healthy cause. Located outside the Depot building. Admission is free to the arboretum for those giving blood.  

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Notre Dame Shakespeare Performance

July 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival's Touring Company will perform an 80-minute, family-friendly version of Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night on Taltree's outdoor stage. Entrance to the arboretum will be free of admission beginning at 5 p.m., and the performance starting at 6 p.m. will also be free.

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Member Appreciation Picnic

July 23 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Taltree Members and their families are invited to this special picnic. Enjoy a hot dog lunch provided by Valpo Viennas, yard games and guided tours of the arboretum. Located in The Sidetrack. Registration is required. Free for Members/Non-Members $10.

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August 2017

Cinderella Ball II

August 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Back by popular demand! This princess themed dance features photos with a horse-drawn carriage, delicate hors d'oeuvres and dances sure to make your daughter feel like royalty! ADVANCE TICKET PURCHASE REQUIRED!  When: 6-8 p.m. Friday, August 4, 2017 Where: Taltree's outdoor pavilion Cost: $10 Adult Member/$5 Child Member $15 Adult Non-Member/$10 Child Non-Member  

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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. Listen to Chester Brown and the Joe Marcinek Band here! Cost: $15 for one concert…

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Shade Gardening Class

August 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Participants will get an introduction into diverse techniques in shade gardening. Located in Taltree’s Classroom. Cost: $10 for members/ $15 for nonmembers

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Member Appreciation Event: Wine in the Garden

August 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Enjoy the serene setting of Taltree’s pavilion garden with light hors d ‘oeuvres, a cash bar, and a special musical performance. Ages 21+ only. Located in the pavilion. Cost: Free for members/ $15 for nonmembers

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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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Raised Bed Gardening Class

September 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Participants will learn why a raised bed is a great way to garden. Leave with plans for construction, material lists, and associated costs of starting your own garden. Located in Taltree’s Classroom. Cost: $10 for members/ $15 for nonmembers

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Chickens of Taltree

September 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Learn about the variety of chickens that call Taltree home. Located in the Children’s Adventure Garden. Free with admission.  

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