Tyler Arboretum — Part 2

A few more photos from the Tyler Arboretum before I move on to other things.

(Stone fort near the Meadow Maze. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

I’d love to have a stone fort like this in my yard. And a labyrinth. After walking through the labyrinth at Tyler Arboretum, I think a small one like they have in their meadow might be entirely possible in our meadow. Did I mention that before? I think I did. I’ve been seriously considering it so it’s been on my mind lately.

Painter Library and Lachford Hall:

(Tyler Arboretum. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

Lachford Hall was occupied by the Minshall, Painter, and Tyler families between the years 1738 and 1937. Today, half of the building is used for administrative offices and the other half is a historic museum containing some of the families’ furniture and household goods.

If interested, you can read about the history of the families here.

(Osage-orange. Tyler Arboretum. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

This strange looking bit of tree is part of the trunk of an osage-orange tree blown down by a hurricane in 1954. They’ve left it in the midst of the Painter Trees in order to demonstrate the rot resistance of this wood.

(One of the Painter Trees. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

This is one of the Painter Trees. I’m not sure which one, but I think it might be one of the magnolias (the Yulan Magnolia, native to central and eastern China). This is (some of) what is written in the guide from the Tyler Arboretum about the Painter Trees:

In March of 1681, just 17 days after King Charles II gave William Penn his colony, Quaker Thomas Minshall purchased 625 acres from Penn. One hundred and fifty years later, Minshall’s sixth-generation descendants Minshall and Jacob Painter began systematically planting trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants on their ancestral farm, sowing the seeds for what was to become Tyler Arboretum.

The brothers planted over 1,000 varieties of trees and shrubs. Over 20 of the trees survived. The Painter brothers were interested in studying as well as growing the trees and shrubs. They built the Painter Library not only for their books, records, etc., but also had special cabinets built for their collections of insects, minerals, and herbarium (pressed plant specimens).

Among the Painter Trees are a gorgeous Cedar of Lebanon, Ginkgo, a couple of different magnolias, a HUGE sugar maple, bald cypress, various oaks, sweetgum, linden, and the giant sequoia. I took photos of a lot of these trees. However, it’s hard to appreciate them in a photo. Either I couldn’t encompass it all within the frame or it’s difficult to tell just how big they are without something to put them in perspective.

M unknowingly and graciously posed in front of the Cedar of Lebanon to give some perspective:

(Tyler Arboretum. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

Here’s another perspective (I think this is the tulip tree):

(One of the Painter Trees. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

(Butterfly. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

Our last stop was the Butterfly House and Garden. It wasn’t on the map, but we eventually found our way there by just winding our way through the Painter Trees.

Oddly, my best photos of the butterflies (such as those I already posted) are the photos taken outdoors in the wild. The butterflies in the Butterfly House and Garden just weren’t as cooperative as those busy doing their thing outdoors.

It’s kind of a magical thing, walking through the Butterfly House, with all those butterflies flitting around and filling the air. At the same time, it’s like the zoo in that I feel sorry for the caged creatures. Most of the butterflies were trying to find some way out, or at least it looked that way from their behavior. There were some on the outside, though, trying to get in. The flowers in the garden were probably enticing them.

(In the Butterfly House. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

(In the Butterfly House. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

(In the Butterfly House. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

(One of those whimsical touches outside of the Butterfly House. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

My favorite tree was this one near the Butterfly House:

(Photo by Robin. July 2007)

It’s a paperbark maple. We’re hoping to grow one for our collection of trees when we settle back in the Bogs.

2 Comments on “Tyler Arboretum — Part 2”

  1. Alto2 says:

    These are such beautiful photos, esp. the butterflies. I miss my digital camera (it’s being fixed), but I really want a new one. Re: the HP books … they are truly original literary works. For one author to have conceived, planned, written, and yes, crafted a whole other world, while interweaving several plot lines, is extraordinary. I think it’s a wonderful series for young and old alike.

  2. Looks like you had a great visit to Tyler. The photo you posted of the large tree (“This is one of the Painter Trees. I’m not sure which one, but I think it might be one of the magnolias…”) is actually the Ginkgo — one of the Painter Plants. We actually say “Painter Plants” now b/c, during a recent assessment of the historic collections, we discovered that a grove of bamboo was originally planted by the Painter Brothers. As bamboo is a grass, it’s more accurate to refer to all the things these brothers planted as “Painter Plants.”

    – Kirsten Werner, Communications Coordinator

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