Founders Damien and Rita Gabis, as well as countless volunteers, have built Taltree Arboretum & Gardens into more than 360 acres of forested pathways, themed gardens, and natural amphitheaters. The vast gardens span many different climates, from the Savanna wetlands to a monarch butterfly way station filled with pollen-producing flowers. A miniature train set snakes through a one-acre formal garden, mimicking real-world locations from Michigan City or Santa Fe.
The staff at Taltree leads guests through these luscious surroundings in hosted hikes and tours that explore the grounds and illuminate scientific and botanical principles. From the rose garden to the animal habitats, the tour guides opine on the biology behind their specimens. Guests can even learn to make their own garden with educational classes on how to plant seeds, prune plants, and teach flowers to sing.