Upcoming Events

Woodland Winter Wonderland 

Saturday, December 6, 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 6, 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.


Delco Roadrunners 10K Trail Race

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 9:00 a.m.

Runners 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 2-3, 2014

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

Promo-WEBTyler’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 plants that are low maintenance for a sustainable landscape. Perfect for Mother’s Day gifts, shoppers can choose from a variety of plants that will reward Mom with beautiful blooms or foliage without adding to her workload. As always, there will 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 9, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

National 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.

Children’s Book Reading and Signing: 10:30, 11:00 and 11:30 a.m.: Join international award winning children’s book author, Dr. Jessica Dimuzio, as she reads her latest release, Bow Wow Wow! Green Beans Now? This book tells of canine conservation hero Johnny Angel’s quest for his favorite treat–garden-fresh, mouth-picked green beans–and humorously introduces kids to organic gardening.

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 7, 2014, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

_KPA5111Come enjoy the extensive trail system of Tyler Arboretum during this two-part event.

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.

From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. learn about orienteering and geocaching, and choose from a variety of guided hikes focusing on family fun, birding, wildlife and Tyler history.

Activities for National Trails Day at Tyler Arboretum include:

  • Orienteering classes and hikes from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. led by the Delaware Valley Orienteering Association (DVOA). They will host a shorter family map hike and a longer adventurer map hike perfect for Boy Scout requirements. The last map hike will leave at 2 p.m.
  • Adult Critter Hike from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Bluebird education from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., with a Bluebird Hike appropriate for all ages at 11:30 a.m.
  • Adult History Hike from 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Geocaching activities throughout the day
  • Educational displays

Gourmet pizza will be available for purchase from the Pizza Wagon from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Free with admission; no pre-registration required; rain or shine. Participating members of Big Brothers Big Sisters receive free admission for “Littles” and $10 admission for ”Bigs” on this day, by presenting the voucher provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters.

2014 Tyler at Twilight Auction

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

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 eleventh consecutive year! 

Click here for details about the 2014 Tyler at Twilight Auction.



Fairy Festival

Sunday, June 29, 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! Create your own fairy or prince crown, mix a magic potion and make a mushroom for our fairy ring. Entertainment will include four interactive performances by Celtic musician Mary Roth,
a miniature fairy garden terrarium demonstration by Terrain Garden Center and a Fairy and Wizard Frolic through the Arboretum. Gourmet pizza will be available for purchase from the Pizza Wagon.

Event proudly sponsored by Children’s Dental Health Associates and the Tooth Fairy!

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


Tuesday, July 15, 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.

AlmanacWhen the sun sets, imaginations run wild as the night comes alive with supernatural creatures and beasts of mythical proportions. Nightfall, a live acrobatic exhibition, comes to Tyler Arboretum on Tuesday, July 15, from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.!

Taking place in Tyler Arboretum’s Native Woodland Walk, guests will take a mild hike on illuminated paths through the woods while encountering a panorama of mythical woodland creatures performed by the acrobatic actors of the Almanac Company. Multiple “habitats” throughout this spectacle await discovery, each one different and more fantastic than the last. This physical theater performance gives guests an exciting evening of magic and imagination within the Arboretum’s historic grounds.

In order to keep our visitors and performers safe during the event, we ask that everyone follow these guidelines:

  •  Wear footwear suitable for uneven terrain.
  •  Strollers are not permitted.
  •  Flash photography will not be permitted during the event.
  •  In order to maintain dark-adapted vision, flashlights will only be allowed with red filters (filters will be available at no charge).

This event is totally free and no pre-registration is required! Nightfall is most suitable for ages eight and older.

Tree House Festival

Sunday, July 20, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Celebrate trees and the wildlife that call trees home! Enjoy a spectacular show featuring a variety of birds including hawks and falcons, and see them up close with their trainer before and after the show. Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Woodmobile, and try climbing with ropes and a harness under the supervision of Oakwood Tree Care Professionals. Gourmet pizza will be available for purchase from the Pizza Wagon.

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




Wine and Bluegrass Chiller

Thursday, July 31, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

IMG_3958-e1398285759279Cool off with a sampling of wines courtesy of Sweetwater Farm’s Grace Winery and a selection of seasonal hors d’oeuvres while enjoying the live bluegrass music of Ridley Creek. Tours will be offered to those interested in taking a stroll as they sip their wine.

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 23, 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. Learn all about garden insects at Greener Partners’ Farm Explorer—a living, hands-on farm on wheels. Gourmet pizza will be available for purchase from the Pizza Wagon.

Event proudly sponsored by Redbud Native Plant Nursery.

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


Pumpkin Days Celebration

Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19, 2014, 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 18-19.

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

For more information about Pumpkin Days, including admission, ticket prices, activities and more, click here.

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