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accept Thursday May 28th, Fantasy Forest Night with the Bombers:

The Starving Carvist, Sam Dougherty will be hosting a live, pre-game, speed carving demonstration to help promote the Fantasy Forest Art Competition at Leila Arboretum on June 13.
  • $15.00 Fundraiser Package
  • First Pitch 7:05pm / Gates Open 6:05pm


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accept June 13 - 20, 2015.

Leila Arboretum Ash Tree Art & Chainsaw Sculpture Competition 2015

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shape_square Fantasy Forest Posterpdf

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Schedule of Events

Saturday, June 13:

  • 9am - 4pm Plein Air Event Watch as artists draw inspiration from beautiful vistas and put paint to canvas (or paper) throughout Leila Arboretum; with the SW Michigan Plein Air Artists and the Battle Creek Society of Artists.

    Noon - Artists begin to transform their trees!

  • 6:30pm - 8pm Plein Air Art Sale in the Children's Garden - take your favorite piece home!

Sunday, June 14:

  • 8am - Dusk Artists continue work on their tree transformations - come watch!
  • 12pm - 1pm Salute to the Flag Ceremony with the Cereal City Concert Band, Flags & Color Guard, and Speakers Free American Flags and Tree Seedlings - while they last!
  • 12pm - 4pm Free Admission at Kingman Museum.
  • 1pm - 4pm Family & Children's Activities including Scavenger Hunt, Bounce Houses, BC Bombers with Mo Skeeter, Disc Golf, Caricature Artist, Sugar Bear, and more! (sponsored by BC Parks & Rec).
  • 4pm - 5pm Quick Art & Carve Event.
  • 1pm - Dusk Bench Carving (sponsored by the Stucky family).

Monday, June 15:

  • 8am - Dusk Artists continue tree transformations.
  • 8am - Dusk Bench Carving(sponsored by the Runels family)
  • 10am - Noon Children's Programs Groups welcome
  • 4pm - 5pm Quick Art & Carve Event.
  • 6pm - 8:30pm Wine & Painted Trees Event Paint a tree-themed canvas! $35 per person - call 269-962-9511 for required pre-registration (sponsored by Battle Creek Art Center).

Tuesday, June 16:

  • 8am - Dusk Artists will continue work on their tree transformations - come watch!
  • 10am - Noon Children's Programs Groups welcome.
  • 4pm - 5pm Quick Art & Carve Event.
  • 5pm - 6pm Invasive Species Talk in the Fantasy Forest Tent.
  • 6pm - 7pm Tree Talk and Walkabout in Leila Arboretum with Leila's Executive Director, Brett Myers.

Wednesday, June 17:

  • 8am - Dusk Artists will continue work on their tree transformations - come watch!
  • 10am - Noon Children's Programs Groups welcome.
  • 5pm - 7pm Planetarium Shows at Kingman Museum ($1 per person).
  • 7pm - 8:30pm Native American Cultural Performance by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Nation.

Thursday, June 18:

  • 8am - 5pm Artists will continue work on their tree transformations - come watch!
  • 5:30 - 7:30pm VIP Reception for Sponsors, Artists, Judges (by invitation only).

Friday, June 19:

  • 8am - Dusk Artists continue tree transformations Noon Ceremonial Planting of first tree to replace the decimated Ash grove.
  • 5:30pm-11pm Party in the Fantasy Forest Two Live Bands, Beer, Food and Fun!
  • 9pm - 11pm Torch the Ash Borer Bonire.

Saturday, June 20:

  • 8am - Noon Artists put on their inishing touches.
  • 8am - 5pm Music, Food and Fun in the Festival Tent.
  • Noon - 4pm PUBLIC VOTING & Judges Deliberation.
  • 4pm Auction of Artists Works and Presentation of Fantasy Forest Art Competition Winners!

Events, Dates and Times may change without notice.

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accept  Come And Play Kids Expo 2015.

Kid's Expo

A day of fun for the entire family. Come and play, explore, sample and enjoy all the different businesses and products for children in and around Michigan Hosted by L.K.M Designs on the Beautiful Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek Michigan between the Kingman Museum and Lelia Arboretum Children's Garden.

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Hours of Operation

Office: 8am - 5pm weekdays.

Children's Garden: Weekdays, 9am - 5pm. (Saturdays June - September)

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.
 You do not need a Facebook account to view basic postings on our Facebook page.

Leila Arboretum Society makes no claim or representation regarding, and accepts no responsibility for, the quality, content, nature or reliability of third-party Web sites accessible by hyperlink from the Site, or Web sites linking to the Site. Such sites are not under the control of Leila Arboretum Society and Leila Arboretum Society is not responsible for the contents of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site, or any review, changes or updates to such sites. Leila Arboretum Society provides these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply affiliation, endorsement or adoption by Leila Arboretum Society of any site or any information contained therein. When you leave the Site, you should be aware that our terms and policies no longer govern. You should review the applicable terms and policies, including privacy and data gathering practices, of any site to which you navigate from the Site.

“Leila Arboretum is owned by the City of Battle Creek and managed by Leila Arboretum Society. The Children's Garden is owned and operated by Leila Arboretum Society. ”