Upcoming Events

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!


2015 Plant Sale Video from Tyler Arboretum on Vimeo.

Click here for lists and descriptions of plants available at this year’s sale.

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

Presenting sponsor: Exelon Generation

The annual Tyler at Twilight Auction affords guests an exceptional garden party atmosphere complete with music, cocktails, and silent and live auctions. Enjoy sampling delectable menu items from numerous local restaurants while bidding on items and experiences from some of the best local entertainment and shopping establishments in our area. As our largest fundraising event, the Tyler at Twilight Auction has grown tremendously since its inception and is now in its thirteenth consecutive year!

Tickets are $85; $35 of which is tax-deductible. To request an invitation, please contact Sally Rogers, Special Events Manager, at srogers@tylerarboretum.org or 610-566-9134 ext. 210. Tyler at Twilight sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Megan Pomante, Development Associate, at mpomante@tylerarboretum.org or 610-566-9134 ext. 267 for information.

 Click here for event details and items available for bid at the 2015 Tyler at Twilight.

Fairy and Wizard Festival

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


Join us in the wonderful land of fairytales and nature, where all is mystical! Become a dragon, make a fairy wand, plant a magic bean and enjoy lots more imaginative play. Listen to enchanted tales from around the world by story teller Greta Rech, and live entertainment from our strolling Celtic musician Mary Roth. 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


Tree House Festival

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


Come one come all and join us in celebrating Tyler’s Totally Terrific Tree Houses! Visit the PA Department of Agriculture’s WoodMobile to explore how forests have shaped our wonderful home state. Also, don’t miss out on the Zoo-On-Wheels provided by Elmwood Park Zoo, where you will be able to see animals that make trees their home. Gourmet pizza will be available for purchase from the Pizza Wagon.

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.


Cool off with a sampling of fine wines courtesy of Moore Brothers and a selection of seasonal hors D’oeuvres, all while enjoying the soothing music of acoustic guitarist and singer Bob Croce. 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; $25 members, $30 non-members; rain or shine


Butterfly Festival

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


Discover the beautiful world of butterflies! Visit Tyler’s Butterfly House to see live butterflies in all stages of their glorious life cycle. Become familiar with the plants that attract our fluttering friends and watch monarch tagging demonstrations. Also, learn about your favorite creepy crawlers in Jon the Bugman’s insectarium, and buzz over to Pieter’s Apiary to watch live bees in a demonstration hive. 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


Oktoberfest Tyler Style Beer Tasting

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

A sampling of specialty beers and gourmet pizza from Pinocchio’s Beer Garden to Go and live bluegrass music by 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

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.

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