Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is warming up with free first Tuesdays and a spring chimes exhibit


Taltree Arboretum is a peaceful place, with the new chimes exhibit being an added bonus.
Taltree Arboretum is a peaceful place, with the new chimes exhibit being an added bonus.

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens in Valparaiso is shaking off old man winter starting with free admission on Tuesday, April 1. This kicks off their new Free First Tuesday program, where guests receive free admission the first Tuesday of every month. April 1 also begins Taltree’s long season hours, and the arboretum will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

“With free first Tuesdays, Northwest Indiana residents and visitors will get a taste of the great escape Taltree has to offer,” said Alexis R. Faust, President and CEO of Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. “Taltree offers a healthy experience year-round with many events, festivals and exhibits to enhance our guest experience.”

Kicking off Taltree’s cultural experience this year is the Spring Chimes Exhibit featuring artistic wind chimes being showcased throughout the arboretum. The chimes will be theme-displayed by material or sound. Themes include Choir Bells, Artistic Winds, Westminster and Island Sounds. The Artistic Winds display in the Taltree Railway Garden was developed with the assistance of the Opportunity Enterprises arts program.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to partner with Taltree on the wind chime Exhibit,” said Carol Loesche, Enrichment Services Manager of Opportunity Enterprises Inc. “It’s the first time that we have made wind chimes and our art participants are looking forward to seeing their wind chimes displayed in such a beautiful setting.”

The Taltree Railway Garden was chosen as the site for the Opportunity Enterprises installation because of its accessibility for mobility challenged guests. The garden features model trains running through a miniature mountain-prairie landscape of small trees and shrubs.

As part of the partnership, Opportunity Enterprises clients and employees will receive free admission throughout the duration of the exhibit. The exhibit will run April 1 through May 31 and is free with regular gate admission. Regular gate admission is $10 (13 to 54 years old), $8 (55+ years old), $5 (5 to 12 years old) and free (4 years old and under). For more information, visit their website or call 219-462-0025.


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