Totally Terrific Treehouses
Come climb, explore and play in our Totally Terrific Treehouses!
The Tree Hugger house sits at the edge of meadow and forest, encouraging visitors to observe the wonders of each. With a conservation ethic in mind, Tree Hugger is made of materials salvaged on-site from fallen trees and from reclaimed lumber. It was created in 2009 by Janiczek, LLC and students from Philadelphia University under the direction of Re:Vision Architecture.
Cape May Birdhouse
This fanciful human-scale birdhouse is inspired by Tyler Arboretum’s Bluebird Trail, a series of over 40 nest boxes that provide appropriate habitats for eastern bluebirds raising their young. The architectural details and paint scheme recall the Victorian beach houses of Cape May, NJ. Relax and enjoy the meadow in the colorful Adirondack chairs and discover information about bluebirds inside surrounding smaller birdhouses. Designers and Builders: Sam Burk and Paul Farnschlader
Strummin' & Drummin'
Tulip Tree House
The Butterfly House offers visitors a unique opportunity to learn about, photograph and get a close-up look at local butterflies in all stages of development. The exhibit features a 1,400-square-foot Butterfly House filled with natives including monarchs, sulphurs, hairstreaks, red-spotted purples, great spangled fritillaries, painted ladies and swallowtails. The exhibit includes extensive plantings that feed both butterflies and caterpillars.
The goal of Tyler’s Butterfly House exhibit is to promote greater understanding about a significant aspect of ecology and human interaction with the natural world. The Butterfly House exhibit is free with the price of a regular admission to the Arboretum and open seasonally through the months of July and August.
Stopford Family Meadow Maze
The Stopford Family Meadow Maze is a meadow labyrinth that invites adventurers to travel its paths to find their way to the center. The meadow grasses are mown in the winter. In spring the maze is filled with daffodils and by mid-summer the grasses and wildflowers have grown high to once again create the walls of the maze. Along the paths and around the maze perimeter there are Discovery Stations that educate and entertain. From the Raptor Roost, located at far end of the Maze, visitors can get an “eagle’s eye” perspective of the meadow. And the nearby Basking Circle is the perfect place to look for a sleepy snake or pretend the stone enclosure is a fort, castle, or other make-believe space.
Sit a Spell: Seats that Tell a Tale
Sit-a-Spell: Seats that Tell a Tale showcased the artistic talent and spirit of our surrounding community, and celebrated nature from the vantage point of outdoor seating. Designed to entice visitors of all ages to “sit, look and see”, it featured both expected and unexpected ways to celebrate nature and enjoy the outdoors from the vantage point of one-of-a-kind chairs, rockers, benches, gliders and other furniture. In addition to seating for adults, a special storybook category for kids focused on fairytales, nursery rhymes and current children’s literature that celebrated the outdoor world. The Lorax, Alice in the Wonderland, the Three Bears, and many other stories were conjured up in this unique display, which took place from May 26 through October 28, 2012. SIT A SPELL was made possible through the generous support of presenting sponsor, NBC10 and media sponsors, County Lines Magazine, 99.5 WJBR Radio, Delaware County News Network and MetroKids Tyler Arboretum’s SIT A SPELL Exhibit Delco News Network May. 23, 2012. 09:00 PM EST