With our mission: to conserve our historic landscapes and connect people with the natural world, our 650 acres of protected woodlands, meadows, gardens, and trails are yours to explore and enjoy. But what exactly does a visit to Tyler entail?
To begin with, our gardens and landscapes offer visitors of all ages an escape from the pressures and stresses of everyday life. Study after study has concluded that time spent in nature is good for our physical and mental health.
We believe Tyler is a special place. Here, natural settings and winding pathways evoke an air of peace and serenity, with glimpses to an earlier age when life was less frantic and complicated than it is for many of us today.
Tracing our roots to 1681, Tyler is steeped in local and regional history and represents over 25 percent of the land in private ownership in Delaware County.
Annually, Tyler attracts 70,000 visitors and has been described by many members and visitors as a hidden gem. Many of our first time visitors are amazed by how much there is to see and do, even if all that’s involved is a walk in the woods.
Via the shortest route, Tyler is just under a 4 mile drive from the center of the Borough of Media and roughly 25 miles from the center of Philadelphia.
The estate as it exists today is split into an inner core of roughly 110 acres in which visitors can wander along winding paths, explore a range of gardens, relax in our meadows, and discover a range of woodlands, our Scenic Loop, a range of seasonally-open treehouses (April – November), and the Pollinator Preserve that’s home to native butterflies, caterpillars, chrysalis, and the plants these creatures depend upon for survival.
Our Edible Garden teaches gardeners of all ages about the importance of sustainable vegetable growing, while our champion trees and seasonal displays of flowering shrubs and trees (including azaleas, rhododendrons, lilacs, crabapples, magnolias, and flowering dogwoods) provide almost year-round interest.
Beyond the fence visitors will find shaded and open-field hiking through woodlands and meadows along 17 miles of well-maintained trails that offer a host of opportunities to encounter a variety of wildlife.
Tyler’s rich history includes the lives of dozens of members of eight generations of three families: the Minshalls, the Painters, and the Tylers between the years 1681 and 1944. An additional part of Tyler’s history is played by a range of buildings, including Lachford Hall (a family farmstead dating to the 1730s that was home multiple generations and now acts as Tyler’s administrative hub); the Painter Library (built in 1863 to house the Painter brothers’ scientific books, papers, and collections), and our 1830s stone bank barn, described as one of the finest agricultural buildings of its kind in Delaware County.
Bringing Tyler’s story more up to date, our minimally invasive, light-handed land management style makes Tyler an ideal place of sanctuary and discovery for nature lovers, birders, hikers, artists, and those who simply want to get away from it all.
Tyler’s mission supports public education about woodland management, horticulture, the management of natural lands, and the importance of wildlife in nature.
Tyler is also recognized by the National Audubon Society as an IBA (Important Bird Area) and maintains an active Bluebird nest box program with over 47 monitored and maintained boxes.
Per the recommendations from the CDC and the PA Department of Health, Tyler Arboretum is no longer requiring visitors to mask while outdoors. Social distancing will be at the visitor’s discretion. Since we are unable to verify the vaccination status of our guests, we kindly ask that all visitors wear masks when entering Tyler’s buildings. Visitors may practice social distancing indoors according to their personal comfort level – but we urge patience and respect as we all navigate these changing guidelines together.