TALTREE ARBORETUM AND GARDENS FOUNDATION INC

Rating: 3.79 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Animals, Environment

Location: 71 N 500 W Valparaiso IN 46385 USA

Mission: Establish and maintain tree and plant collections, gardens and natural areas for the benefit of the visitors to and residents of the Northwest Indiana region.
Results: A beautiful dog-friendly oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies that offers a variety of events, classes and exhibits. Guests can explore the diverse landscape via approximately 4 miles of hiking trails. Taltree is home to many endangered and rare species. Its formal garden displays include the Oak Islands, Children’s Adventure Garden, the Taltree Railway Garden and the Native Plant Garden.
Target demographics: nature lovers
Geographic areas served: Northwest Indiana
Programs: environment conservation classes, docent-led hikes and more

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Rating: 5 stars  

A non-profit with a clear mission and a dedicated staff. Every visit reveals something new in the gardens or along the trail. Specially respect their conservation efforts with animals!

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Rating: 5 stars  

A great piece of paradise right in our own backyard! The scenic landscape and the beautifully sculpted gardens are perfect for photographers!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

One of my favorite places in NWI! Wonderful spot to visit all year round.

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A lot

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

An excellent effort to help preserve the natural landscape of the region among increased development. The arboretum is a great place to bring your dog, as it holds a very pet-friendly reputation. A variety of educational opportunities including; informative hikes, classes, and demonstrations are offered throughout the year. Also, it is home to a very noteworthy & photogenic oak tree. All in all a great place to get back in touch with nature.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I love the trails at Taltree. It's nice to have somewhere to take a nature walk with my family. They seem to be doing a great job at adding kid-friendly activities and areas. Also, the model trail really surprised me with how detailed and big it was.

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Likely

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A lot

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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First of all, Taltree is magnificent. If you haven't gone, you should go.

Second of all, the review component of this website exists for people who want to review a nonprofit, not an individual person. Whomever is writing some of these reviews as personal attacks to the CEO should not be so naive. People are protected by libel and defamation laws against attacks made in this manner. If you have not verified the facts about the claims you are making, (newspaper opinions are not considered facts), you could be sued for libel. You have better read up. Having submitted a review online, it is considered a "published" writing. The law reads:

"a defendant who publishes a false and defamatory communication about a private individual is liable to the individual if the defendant acts with actual malice (applying the standard under New York Times v. Sullivan) or acts negligently in failing to ascertain whether a statement was false or defamatory."

Read up and grow up. Those that break the law cannot hide behind a user name.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

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I personally love this place. The first time I was there was for a friends wedding and it was absolutely beautiful! So i returned with my dogs to explore the rest and love the railway garden! A must see if you are a nature lover!

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A lot

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I am a bit surprised by the reviews on here. It seems some people are judging this wonderful, serene place based on information they have read about one person. I don't think it is fair to judge Taltree, as an organization, based on this. My family and I have been enjoying the Arboretum for a couple of years now. I have attended weddings, classes and several of their concerts. We all have grown very fond of the grounds, the staff and the volunteers. It is amazing that something that feels so secluded, is so close to home. My son and husband love the railway garden, while my daughter and I enjoy walking our dogs on the trails. It has been very exciting watching the Arboretum grow, and we look forward to finding something new every time we go!

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Turn over in staffing is usally the way a business will take steps in a process to make it a better place. Where else can you feel closer to nature in northwest Indiana? I love Taltree and will recommend it to everyone!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

I’ve been to Taltree for nature hikes and picnics. I always wished they would add bike trails, but maybe in the future…if there is one. I read the up on this CEO that is in charge over there. The owners of this place are not that stupid are they? This woman almost destroyed a college and city with careless spending and way poor management. Someone posted that 75% of the employees quit or were fired? This sounds like a complete scam, I am sure the CEO is still getting paid right! Let me guess what this criminal and yes I think this person is a criminal, blames everyone else? I was there last year, meet some awesome people that gave me advice on my home garden, the one lady was a horticulturist from California who really knew gardening. I thought it was awesome Taltree hired professional people or that’s what I thought. I remember going back and talking to the manager, she was an unfriendly person and made us feel like we were unwanted. Later we found the California woman and her crew, who again was awesome in giving my wife and me advice on our garden. It’s sad to see a great thing get destroyed by greedy people and even worst when owners are blind to it all. If the CEO of this company is a crook it’s easy to point it out…take a look at what she did in Arizona and how she tried to cover it up. If employees are let go often, that means she’s getting rid of people who know too much or have spoke up. She blames everyone for issues, hires people for WAY less money than they are worth so the people who take the jobs are people who desperately need them and will shut up, if she uses any of the BS contractors she was scamming with at Arizona…I am sure there is a kick back there…and who keeps track of the donations? If it’s this criminal WOW! Indiana and the FEDS need to rush to Taltree and investigate the spending by this CEO. I have a feeling one day this person is just going to leave and Taltree just like Arizona will be out Millions and MILLIONS of dollars! Holy crap I found more and more articles of this whole scam…I shouldn’t keep reading these while writing a review. To anyone reading DO NOT SUPPORT TALTREE until this CEO is fired! There is a scam going on right in front of us and this CEO is the criminal. Read the link and look for others like it.
http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/tech-adventures/Content?oid=1093423

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