Press Release

Tyler Arboretum Announces Grants to Enhance Its Butterfly House Exhibit

Media, PA (August 3, 2021) – Tyler Arboretum announced it has received three grants to enhance the physical infrastructure and educational programming at the Butterfly House and Pollinator Garden.

The Butterfly House exhibit, which opened in 2003, has been a popular attraction for school field trips, Scouts and families with young children. The arboretum’s Executive Director, Mandy Santiago, explained, “The grants, which collectively total more than $15,000 from The Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Group, PECO and The Robert F. Schumann Foundation, will enable Tyler to improve the visitor experience by installing new signage, redesigning the interior and exterior garden beds with the installation of native perennial and nectar plants which help attract pollinators, offering interactive tours, educational programs and discounted admission available to families in underserved communities, and expanding the exhibit’s season from August to October. We would like to thank our funders for making this unique opportunity for families to interact with wildlife in an up close and personal way possible.”

About Tyler Arboretum

Located west of the Borough of Media, in Middletown Township, John J. Tyler Arboretum traces its history as a Quaker family farm back to an original land grant by William Pen in 1681. Today, the arboretum comprises 100 acres of landscaped gardens and historical buildings, as well as an additional 550 acres of natural areas. Visitors of all ages can enjoy renowned horticultural collections, seasonal exhibits such as our treehouses, Lucille’s Garden, Butterfly House, magnificent heritage trees, and 17 miles of hiking trails. The arboretum’s website,, provides details on upcoming events, educational opportunities, volunteer activities, and membership.

About The Robert F. Schumann Foundation

The Foundation was established by Mr. Schumann out of his beliefs that the environment is essential to sustain the future of the planet, that education is essential to solve many quality-of-life issues for society, and that arts and cultural programs offer society hope and the ability to dream. Mr. Schumann was an avid environmentalist and fought for open spaces where birds and other animals could maintain habitats and where people could enjoy nature. He supported efforts to improve the planet through environmental education, as well as artistic and cultural institutions that sought to raise the quality of life for local communities.

Tyler Arboretum:
Mandy Santiago, Executive Director
610-566-9134, ext. 207