A 72 acre garden with more than 3,000 species of trees and shrubs, many dating back to the 1920s, laid out in the manner of famous European gardens. Seasonal highlights:

  • Spring - flowering trees, crabapple, cherry, magnolia, lilacs and dogwoods. Spring bulbs: tulips, daffodils, crocus, rhododendrons, azaleas and wildflowers.
     

  • Summer - Flowering trees, perennials and flowering annuals in display gardens.
     

  • Fall - Spectacular autumn color of tulip poplar, sweet gum, serviceberry, maples, dogwoods, ash and pear.
     

  • Winter - Conifers, witchhazels and beautiful hills filled with snow for sledding, cross-country skiing and other wintertime fun sports.

    The Arboretum is open to the public during daylight hours throughout the year. Admission is free, but donations and memberships play an important role in maintaining this valuable resource.

Leila Arboretum
992 W. Michigan Ave.
Battle Creek, MI 49017
(269) 969-0270

This is one of those hidden treasures. The Arboretum was originally developed by the Kellogg family and is named after one of Kellogg's daughters, Leila. It was basically abandoned for a couple of decades and fell into shambles.

Then, in the 1980's, a group of concerned citizens formed to revitalize the facility and they have done a wonderful job. New plantings, displays and projects have been ongoing for over a decade and the gardens have come alive again. The future looks even better for Leila. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

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