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Tyler Arboretum

One of the region’s oldest and largest public gardens in the area, featuring 17 miles of trails, educational programs and history

Tyler Arboretum

Tyler Arboretum Credit: By G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia


The Experience

Communing with nature is second nature at Tyler Arboretum, one of the region’s oldest and largest public gardens in the area, featuring 17 miles of trails, educational programs and history. From the minute you step onto the trail leading to the 80-foot tulip trees and the delicate wildflowers on the Native Woodland Walk, Tyler wraps you in its scenic environment.

Adventurers enjoy solving the puzzle of the seven-ringed Meadow Maze labyrinth, children learn about nature at Discovery Stations and history-lovers can tour several sites that are on the National Register of Historic Places.

While walking the trails that wind past 180-year old championship trees, keep your eyes out for the 11.5-acre rhododendron collection and the butterfly gardens.

History and nature are entwined at Tyler, a former Quaker farm that dates back to the days of William Penn. The arboretum was begun by Jacob and Minshall Painter. The brothers indulged their passion for trees and shrubs by planting more than 1,000 varieties in a natural setting, 23 specimens of which date back centuries.

Stroll Tyler’s 20 miles of trails on your own or join in the lectures, wildflower rambles, birding programs and other activities for families. Wee ones can participate in the pint-sized Tiny Trackers nature programs. The path past the barn leads to the fragrant herb garden and the beds planted to lure birds and butterflies.


Tyler’s 650 forested acres are part of the property that English Quaker Thomas Minshall purchased from William Penn. Between 1681 and 1944, eight generations of the Minshall/Painter/Tyler family lived here. In 1944, Laura Tyler bequeathed the property to the public. John C. Wister, the first director, planned the circular trail linking the collections of lilacs, crabapples, cherries and magnolias.

Come Prepared

Tyler is not for pets or bicyclists.

Don’t Miss

Maple Sugaring and Pancake Breakfast Event, February; Arbor Day Plant Sale, May; Pumpkin Days Celebration, October.

Outsider’s Tip

The Fragrant Garden was visited by Helen Keller and was originally designed as a “fragrant garden for the blind.”

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