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In the first half of the 20th century, the American chestnut tree was all but eliminated from the forests of eastern North America by an imported fungal disease, commonly known as chestnut blight. Tyler Arboretum, in cooperation with the American Chestnut Foundation, is host to a preservation orchard where surviving examples of this tree are raised and bred as part of the conservation effort to restore this iconic tree to eastern forests. Join us for a tour of the orchard to learn about the American chestnut tree, its significance, and efforts to achieve resistance to the fungal blight.

Please arrive by 10:15 am to park and gather outside the orchard. Tour goes from 10:30 – 11:30 am. Park at the chestnut orchard which is across from the fenced-in giant sequoia tree on Painter Rd. A guide will be stationed at the entrance to assist with parking. Note: You will be alerted via e-mail on June 18th if the lot is too wet for parking. Cars will then be parked at the main entrance and you will be escorted to the chestnut orchard, a walk of about 15 minutes. Rain date: June 26th.

Members: FREE (sign-in for discount); Non-members: $15 Adults 18+; $9 Youth ages 14-17. The non-member fee includes admission, so please feel free to stay for the day!

Please click here for current COVID-19 masking and social distancing policies anytime you’re visiting or participating in programs at Tyler Arboretum.


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