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And the Members’ Vote winners are…

Wow! Over 500 members took part in this year’s Members’ Vote from September 23 to September 26, 2021. Thank you to everyone who voted! I am so excited to share the winners with you.

Thank you, also, for answering the question about how you typically use your guest passes. This information will help us find ways to make using your guest passes even easier, so you can share Tyler with more people!

Members’ Choice Project

We set aside a portion of each members’ dues to directly fund one of three projects and our members choose the winner.

The winning 2021 Members’ Choice Project is: Plant 10 new trees at Tyler!

50% of members voted for this project to make it the winner. 30% of members voted to re-install two of Tyler’s historical markers. 20% of members voted to commission a mural on the “Diamond Doorway” in the Rhododendron Garden.

Mike, Tyler’s Director of Horticulture, is excited to plant ten new trees – some this fall and some in the spring. Adding new trees to Tyler’s landscape leaves a legacy for future generations to enjoy. Thank you for supporting Tyler Arboretum with your membership dues. You make a real difference!

UPDATE: With the funds provided through the Members’ Choice Project, Mike and his team were able to plant more than 10 trees! As of October 25, 2021, twelve new trees have been planted (red stars on map) and two more trees are soon to be planted (blue starts on map). This includes two pecan trees (Carya illinoinensis), three bald cypress trees (Taxodium distichum), one incense cedar (Calocedrus decurren), and eight dawn redwoods (Metasequoia glyptostroboides). Below are pictures of Betsey (volunteer) and Ruth (staff) planting the dawn redwoods. Thanks to the Members’ Choice Project, we will even be able to plant a few more trees in the Spring! Use the map below to find the new trees which YOU made possible. Our gardeners have been busy planting other new trees at Tyler, too. Keep an eye out for them on your next visit to Tyler!

Members’ Choice StoryWalk Book

Tyler’s StoryWalk is a series of signs – each one holding the next page of a book – so you can enjoy a story as you walk through nature. Our StoryWalk starts at the Crooked Goblin Shack and wanders through the Native Woodland Walk, making it a lovely stroll in all seasons. And our members voted to choose the StoryWalk book installed for Fall 2021.

The winning Members’ Choice StoryWalk book is: The Mitten by Jan Brett!

38% of members voted for this book to make it the winner. It was a tight race. 35% of members voted for Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner. 27% of members voted for Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft.

UPDATE: As of October 27, 2021, The Mitten is now installed in the StoryWalk for you to enjoy!

Members-Only Events & Activities

Update: Check back here for upcoming members-only events and activities.

Thank you for joining us for these past 2021 events and activities!

New Member Tours

Thank you to the new members who joined us for special tours of Tyler on September 22, September 25, and October 2, 2021. We hope you learned even more things to love about this special place. Be sure to take full advantage of your unlimited free admission, and visit often!

The Member Miles Challenge: Nature at Your Own Pace

This DIY mile tracking challenge for members took place during September 2021. Participants enjoyed weekly mini-challenges, stayed motivated with social media updates, and enjoyed the beauty of nature as they racked up their miles. Everyone who handed in their tracking sheet at the end of the challenge received a special Tyler prize!

Members-Only Ride, Roll, & Stroll

During this special event, you can ride the Scenic Loop on your bike, scooter, or other human-powered wheels. This is a special chance to experience Tyler in a way that’s not usually allowed. Of course, it’s the perfect time to take a stroll too. Thank you for joining us on July 14 and August 18, 2021. Take a look at the photos captured during these events by volunteer photographer Barry Rubin, and by Nicole O’Malley on roller skates. We will see you in Summer 2022 for another round of Ride, Roll, & Stroll!

Ride, Roll, & Stroll