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Battle Creek - Leila Arboretum Society

928 West Michigan Avenue
269-969-0270

Our mission is: to nurture an appreciation of nature and the interaction of people and plants.

The Leila Arboretum dates back to 1922 when Leila Post Montgomery, widow of cereal magnate C. W. Post, donated 72 acres of land to the city of Battle Creek that had formerly been the site of the Battle Creek Country Club. She envisioned a center for culture amid the beauty of nature.

In 1924, landscape architect T. Clifton Shepherd, created an impressive design, but harsh realities of the Depression overshadowed the masterpiece in progress. Arboretum plans languished for more than fifty years.

In the autumn of 1981, determined to reclaim former beauty from overgrown brush, a group of citizens with a vision for what could be, formed Leila Arboretum Society (LAS).

Don't be misled by "Society" in our name. LAS began as a hard-working cadre of people willing to get their hands and knees dirty and remains so today. With membership and volunteers numbering in the hundreds, the Arboretum has been reborn and the love for natural spaces and gardening places has translated into friendships, a downtown that has drawn national attention, neighborhood landscaping projects, city gateway plantings, and classes that lead to master gardener certification and sheer enjoyment! There is even a one-acre Children's Garden that has enitced representatives from other cities across the country, as well as a few from Australia, here to see how it was done!

A Few Facts and Figures

LAS is a licensed 501 c 3 nonprofit organization. Its income comes from memberships, grants, gifts, commemoratives, contracts, and fee-based services.

Fee-based services include grounds and facility rentals, professional consultation, and educational programs.

The Arboretum is owned and partially maintained by the City of Battle Creek as part of its parks system. Under contract, LAS manages its more than 3,000 trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals, several of which are living memorials or tributes to special people.

The Children's Garden, a secure, one- acre site, offers educational field trips and family learning experiences from spring through October.

LAS spearheaded "BC Green" projects throughout the city to inspire neighborhood spirit and improve quality of life. More than 50 such projects took root and continue under citizen leadership.

Growing in the Garden classes are offered each spring and fall for the sheer enjoyment of gardening, the creative process, and home landscape management.

A Master Gardener Volunteer Program for certification is offered each year in association with Michigan State University Extension.

LAS professional horticulturists, under contract, design and maintain seasonal business district displays, one of the reasons Battle Creek has received praise for having one of the most attractive downtowns in the country.



Reviews

Kalin Allen

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Monday, April 9, 2018
The outdoors with beautiful flowers and trees. A great place to spend time with your wife or husband. Take a walk and enjoy nature.

Jack OBrien

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Sunday, April 15, 2018
It's what it says he's trees it's an arboretum there's grass there's Hills there's people having a good time when they're out there occasionally a few good special events the kingdom museum is always good for the little kids

Grace Rivard

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Sunday, April 15, 2018
It was a wonderful time, I only wish the children's garden was so own at the time we went there.

Kristin Hirlemann

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Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
We love going to Leila Arboretum. They have several areas of different plants and flowers that are labeled for your information. There are several events during the year. Car shows to music festivals. There is disk golf. We enjoy taking our dog for walks there. Best of all is the Fantasy Forest. The FF consists of emerald ash trees that have been carved and painted into amazing art you have to see to believe. In the winter, there are a few choices of hills for sledding. Then there is the children's garden and Kingman museum.Lots to do and see any time of year.

Krystyna Crawford

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Saturday, April 14, 2018
Beautiful trees and shrubs. The thing to see is the carved figures!

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