Upcoming Events

Orienteering at Tyler

Saturday, March 22, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

dvoaOrienteering is a recreational and competitive sport for people of all ages. Using a highly-detailed topographic map as a primary tool, and a compass to stay oriented, participants try to select and follow the best route between specified points through unknown terrain. This Tyler event is the finale of a national two-day competition, and will use a new map of the entire Arboretum created by Delaware Valley Orienteering Association.It also incorporates the 2015 US National Schools Championships for orienteering. Everyone is encouraged to try a course. The start for the recreational (beginner) courses will be between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. There will be a 3-hour time limit and complete instruction for beginners.

Pre-registration is not required, but please contact the Registrar at www.dvoa.org if planning to bring a group of 5 or more; registration fee is $18 per adult and $12 for ages 20 and under; fee includes rental of an electronic punch. More information on orienteering can be found at www.dvoa.org

Delco Roadrunners 10K Trail Race

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 9:00 a.m. 

trail running articleRunners of all speeds and abilities are welcome to test themselves against a course that runs through the heart of Tyler Arboretum. The course is fast and challenging, with many elevation changes and four shallow creek crossings. This race was named one of the Philadelphia area’s best races by Philadelphia Magazine’s BE WELL PHILLY. Presented by Delco RRC, the race is a USATF Mid-Atlantic Off Road GP event and is limited to 400 runners. This race has sold out the last four years, so don’t delay! For more information and to register, visit www.TylerTrailRun.com or Delcorrc.com.


Plant Sale

Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, 2015

Members’ Preview: Friday, May 1, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
General Public Sale: Saturday, May 2, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

DSC_0101Tyler’s annual Plant Sale offers gardeners a myriad of options and hard to find trees,  shrubs, perennials, annuals and herbs. This year’s sale features a special selection of tough plants for tough spaces. As always, there will also be a strong assortment of deer-resistant plants. Our plant experts will be on hand to help select the best plants for individual landscapes and gardens and our volunteers will help pack and load your new treasures for the ride home.

Admission to the Arboretum is free to everyone for Saturday’s event. Shop early for best selection!


National Public Gardens Day

Friday, May 8, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

npgd-2015-logo343x200National Public Gardens Day is a day set aside to celebrate the historic and beautiful public gardens throughout America. This day recognizes the important role our public gardens play in promoting gardening, environmental stewardship and education in communities nationwide. Come enjoy Tyler’s beautiful spring blooming plants and walk through our meadows and woodlands.

No pre-registration required. Special craft stations for kids from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

For a coupon for free admission on National Public Gardens Day, click here.

National Trails Day

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

_KPA5111Come enjoy the extensive trail system of Tyler Arboretum!

From 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. volunteer your time to work with our horticulture crew on some much needed trail maintenance and gain free admission for the entire day. This is a great opportunity to enhance the trail system that many of our visitors enjoy throughout the year. Pre-registration required by contacting Julia Lo Ehrhardt at 610-566-9134, ext. 205 or jlo@tylerarboretum.org; must be 13 or older to participate; youth organizations must have adult chaperones.



2015 Tyler at Twilight Auction

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

IMG_9777 Auction Table

The annual Tyler at Twilight Auction affords guests an exceptional garden party atmosphere complete with music, cocktails and silent and live auctions. Enjoy a display from some of the best local dining and shopping establishments in our area, complemented by sumptuous menu selections from local restaurants. As our largest fundraising event, the Tyler at Twilight Auction has grown tremendously since its inception and is now in its thirteenth consecutive year! 


Fairy and Wizard Festival

Sunday, June 28, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Join in this celebration of all that is magical in nature and learn about flowers, forests and water!

Free with admission; no pre-registration required; rain or shine




Tree House Festival

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Celebrate trees and the wildlife that call trees home!

Free with admission; no pre-registration required; rain or shine






Toasts and Tunes Wine Tasting

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

IMG_3958-e1398285759279Cool off with a sampling of wines while enjoying the live bluegrass music of Ridley Creek.

Suitable for adults 21 and older; pre-registration required by calling Joanne Landau at 610-566-9134, ext. 215; limited capacity; first come, first served; $20 members, $25 non-members; rain or shine


Butterfly Festival

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

IMG_6090Discover the wonderful world of butterflies! Visit Tyler’s Butterfly House to see live butterflies in all stages of their life cycle. Get up close with plants that attract our fluttering friends and watch monarch tagging demonstrations.

Free with admission; no pre-registration required; rain or shine


Oktoberfest Tyler Style Beer Tasting

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Suitable for adults 21 and older; pre-registration required by calling Joanne Landau at 610-566-9134, ext. 215; limited capacity; first come, first served; $20 members, $25 non-members; rain or shine

Pumpkin Days Celebration

Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tyler's Pumpkin_DaysCelebrate the season with our traditional autumn festival. This fun-filled family day is full of fun activities, yummy food and, of course, pumpkins! Pick our your prized pumpkins, assemble a scarecrow to take home, jump in the moon bounce, play games and see Tyler’s glorious fall colors on display during a hay wagon tour. This is an event you won’t want to miss!

Free parking for Pumpkin Days is exclusively at the Penn State Brandywine campus, where visitors can catch the complimentary shuttle bus to and from Tyler Arboretum. Strollers are welcome on the shuttle. Parking at the Arboretum is reserved for handicapped parking.

Because this is a fundraising event, no free guest passes will be accepted on October 17-18.

In addition to many free activities and activities that require tickets, we also have a fun line-up of free entertainment for both days.

Woodland Winter Wonderland 

Saturday, December 5, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

ScavengerHunt_5Bundle up and join us in celebrating nature and the winter season with some simple old-fashioned fun that will get you in the true spirit of the holiday season. Have a family photo taken in our beautiful antique sleigh (perfect for your holiday card!). Enjoy creating unique crafts, including natural ornaments using materials gathered at Tyler. The kids will love our Reindeer Scavenger Hunt and visiting our discovery stations to learn what the animals, birds, and plants are doing to survive the cold. Historic Lachford Hall will be decorated for the holidays and open for tours. Then take a festive hayride through the Arboretum meadows and warm up afterwards with hot beverages and holiday cookies. A cheerful bonfire will keep you warm throughout the event. While you are here, be sure to take advantage of the annual Country Gardeners Greens Sale to get some shopping done. Rain or shine.

No pre-registration required. Free with admission. Limited capacity for hayrides; first come, first served.

The Country Gardeners Annual Greens Sale

Saturday, December 5, 2015, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

wreathYou are invited to discover unique holiday gifts and arrangements, all made with fresh greens and natural decorations, at The Country Gardeners Annual Holiday Greens Sale. This is held in Tyler’s maintenance building; there are no parking or admission fees.

Enjoy browsing through fresh wreaths, swags, kissing balls, and table decorations. Or look for a decorated table-top tree covered with hand-crafted ornaments. These items are unique creations designed and hand made by members of the Club. You will find many perfect, one-of-a-kind gifts. Be sure to treat yourself, too! The beautiful items offered will make decorating your home quick, easy and affordable. Most items are priced from $10 to $50.

For more information about the sale please contact The Country Gardeners at CountryGardenersofLima@gmail.com or call (610) 975-9763.

The Country Gardeners is a non-profit organization. Proceeds from the annual Greens Sale enable the Country Gardeners to support many local groups in our community.

No admission required for the Greens Sale.

Pancake Breakfast and Maple Sugaring Celebration

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Snow date: Saturday, March 7

Pancake Breakfast  February 25 2012 032Bundle up and enjoy this annual celebration of the maple tree’s sweet offerings. Join one of our ongoing tours to discover how sap is turned into syrup, and try your hand at tapping a tree. Then, satisfy your appetite in the historic barn with our famous all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast. Hot coffee and cocoa accompany this delicious wintertime feast.

No pre-registration required; Adults: $12, Children (ages 3-12) $8, Under 3 FREE. No free passes accepted.

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