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accept June 2015, Call for Artists.

Leila Arboretum Ash Tree Art &
Chainsaw Sculpture Competition

"Fantasy Forest...All Creatures, Wood and Tall"

During the week of June 13-20, 2015, chainsaw sculptors and other artists from around the nation will descend upon Battle Creek and begin transforming the remnants of once-towering Ash Trees in the Arboretum into something completely new, different and unique - a sculpture park.

shape_square Ash Tree Sculptures Informationpdf

shape_square Photos of Ash Trees to be used.

shape_square Ash Tree Call for Artists Informationpdf

accept Leila Arboretum, people that make it happen.


The dramatic, delightful beauty of the Leila Arboretum Society Children's Garden, with its dozens of summer and fall educational programs for area children, would not be the same without LAS part-time staff Sandy Parks and Lorna Boes, who wrapped up their seasonal work at the Garden recently.


They served their country in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and now are part of "Vets to Ag", a program to train and find jobs for out of work U.S. military veterans. Here a group recently painted the horticultural training center at Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek. They will soon start permanent jobs helping revitalize Bell Isle in Detroit. The area program is being coordinated through Michigan State University.


Gardening comes alive for clients of Community Inclusive Recreation (CIR) who, each week of the growing season, spend half a day at Leila Arboretum, which they say is 20 percent work and 80 percent fun.

accept September 27, Scarecrows and Pumpkins.

This is the time of year for harvesting! Make your very own scarecrow and take home a pumpkin as we learn about the fall harvest!

*This is also a FREE DAY at Kingman Museum!*

Location: Children's Garden.
Time: 11am - 2pm

accept October 4, Mad Hatter Tea party.

Join us and share your favorite Garden Themed Stories. Together we'll explore the world of Peter Rabbit, Jack and the Beanstalk, and ask Mary: "How does your garden grow?"

Location: Children's Garden.
Time: 11am - 2pm

accept October 25, Making A Difference At Spooky Science Saturday.

Join us in the Children's Garden and at Kingman Museum for a day filled with science experiments, free things to take home, and fun for the whole family!

More Information about this event will be posted in October.

Hours of Operation

Office: 8am - 5pm weekdays.

Children's Garden: Open for the season, 7 April 2014.
Weekdays: 9am - 5pm (Apr - Oct), Saturdays: 10am - 3pm (June - Sept)

Leila Arboretum: Daily from Dawn to Dusk.

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 There are no daily admission or parking fees for either Leila Arboretum or the Children's Garden.

 There are fees for Grounds Rental and there may be some fees for special events.

 There are fees for Guided Tour Group Visits / Classes / Summer Break Camps at the Children's Garden. Please check the Children's Garden pages for more information.

We are running two web sites in one, Leila Arboretum and Children's Garden. Whenever you are in the Children's Garden section of the site you will see a special logo at the top of the page. Anytime you wish to return to the main Leila Arboretum section you can click on the 'Home' button at the top of the page.

 Leila Arboretum Society believes in your privacy, we do not use tracking of any type on our web site.
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