Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest

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United States of America - Indiana - Valparaiso

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BGCI Member: No

ArbNet Accredited: Level III

Taltree signature oak at sunset
Taltree signature oak at sunset

About the Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest

Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest, formerly known as Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, is a 300+-acre, dog-friendly oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies with more than 6 miles of hiking trails. The arboretum is open year round and offers a wide variety of events and classes for all ages. Proceeds received by the nonprofit organization power its conservation, restoration and education initiatives.

Our Vision and Mission:
Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest will establish and maintain woody plant collections, gardens, and natural areas for the benefit of the people in the South Lake Michigan Region.

Main Address:
Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest
71 North 500 West
Indiana 46385 United States of America

Telephone: (219) 462-0025
Fax: (219) 462-0848
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Stephanie Blackstock
    Curator's Name: Craig Gress
    Plant Records Officer's Name: George Reid
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 2
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 5

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1997
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 107 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 8 Hectares
  • Total Area: 115 Hectares
    Latitude: 41.4452670
    Longitude: -87.1618400
    Annual Rainfall: 1010 mm
    Altitude: 242.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 116 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest
  • Local Address: 71 North 500 West
  • Locality: City: Valparaiso
  • Locality: State: Indiana

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 116
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 35
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 50000
    Number of Volunteers: 300

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 945
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 693
  • Special Collections:Currently achieved provisional status in the NAPCC for our oak collection and working on attaining full status in 2012.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: No
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: No
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: No
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: No
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: No
    Exploration: No
    Floristics: No
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: Yes
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: No
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: No
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes