Tyler Arboretum awarded grant for new Edible Garden by Institute Of Museum and Library Services

MEDIA, Pa  - September, 19th

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Tyler Arboretum awarded grant for new Edible Garden by Institute Of Museum and Library Services


MEDIA, PA (September 18, 2014) – Today, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $146,600 to Tyler Arboretum. This IMLS grant will go toward funding the creation of the Edible Garden at Tyler Arboretum.

Construction of this wonderful new feature is projected to begin in late 2015, and it is guaranteed to add a whole new dynamic to Tyler’s thriving mission. The meadow area between the arboretum’s Service Facility and the crabapple collection will undergo a drastic transformation in the next couple of years as plans for the Edible Garden come to fruition.

“The mission of the Edible Garden is to change lives by changing our relationships with food and nature,” said Executive Director Rick Colbert.

The new two-acre, environmentally sustainable site will feature demonstration gardens for growing vegetables, small fruits, berries and other edible plants as well as a small greenhouse for seed sowing and propagation; a children’s interactive activity area with space for digging, planting, watering and harvesting; an education and events pavilion for cooking demonstrations and educational programs; a home landscape idea garden to show home gardeners how to make their home landscapes more beautiful, productive and fun; a small spaces urban garden to show how to make small space gardens beautiful, productive and fun; an expanded and environmentally friendly visitor parking area; and greener gardening systems to inspire our community to use ecologically sound gardening methods.

“Our grants are highly competitive.  The Institute of Museum and Library Services enlists hundreds of library and museum professionals throughout the United States to review grant applications and make recommendations on projects most worthy of funding,” said IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth. “Receiving a grant from IMLS is significant achievement, and we congratulate Tyler Arboretum for being among the 2014 IMLS museum grantees.”

IMLS museum grants support a wide variety of projects that create learning experiences, strengthen community communities, care for collections and provide broad public access.  The Edible Garden will be an important community resource as it seeks to cultivate new dynamic educational opportunities for children and adults, while providing surplus harvests to the Media Food Bank.

“We are extremely excited and proud that the IMLS chose Tyler for this competitive grant,” said Colbert. “Tyler’s Edible Garden will be a great addition to our arboretum and an asset to our community.”

A complete list of museum recipients is available on the IMLS website at www.imls.gov/2014MuseumList. For information about IMLS museum grant programs, see www.imls.gov/applicants/available_grants.aspx.


About Tyler Arboretum

Tyler Arboretum, one of the oldest and largest arboreta in the northeastern United States, is an important community resource and cultural destination. Tyler provides a natural sanctuary for visitors interested in horticulture, history and the natural world.  Its 650 acres of meadows, wetlands and unbroken forest can be enjoyed via over 17 miles of hiking trails. Additional information is available at www.tylerarboretum.org. 

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.