Best Public Garden/Outdoor Exhibition: Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

In addition to the natural attraction of its woodlands, wetlands, prairies, gardens and oak savannahs, Taltree also hosts more than 50 different events throughout the year.

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Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

Location: 450 W. 100 N., Valparaiso

Phone: (219) 462-0025

Website: taltree.org

Ask twelve Region residents what they like best about a day at Taltree, and it’s very possible that you’ll get a dozen different responses. From the hustle and bustle of the popular kid-friendly Railway Garden to the stateliness of the formal gardens to the serenity of the prairie paths, this 330-acre wonderland is an equal-opportunity pleaser.

“Taltree stands out as a destination for those from all backgrounds, all ages and all walks of life due to our diversity of offerings,” says marketing manager Lauri Keagle. “You can come alone for a peaceful walk in nature, exercise your dogs, spend the day with family exploring our property, pack a picnic, take a class, attend an event—you name it.”

In addition to the natural attraction of its woodlands, wetlands, prairies, gardens and oak savannahs, Taltree also hosts more than 50 different events throughout the year—from organized hikes to concerts under the stars—and also serves as the stunning backdrop for a variety of corporate events and weddings. But no matter what they come for, Keagle believes that every visitor can agree on one of Taltree’s most notable assets.

“Our knowledgeable, friendly staff, docents and volunteers go above and beyond to ensure every visitor and member has a positive experience and leaves ready to share their experiences with others.”

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