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accept June 2015.

Leila Arboretum Ash Tree Art & Chainsaw Sculpture Competition

Tentative Schedule of Events
Fantasy Forest Art Competition

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

shape_square Fantasy Forest Night with the Bombers Flyerpdf

Saturday, June 13, 2015:

  • Plein Air painting throughout Leila Arboretum. Watch artists draw inspiration from the beautiful vistas in the Arboretum. SW Michigan Plein Air Artists and Battle Creek Society of Artists will participate. Sale of today's art will occur afterward in the Children's Garden.
  • Fantasy Forest Art Competition gets underway as our Competition Artists begin Ash to Art Transformation

Sunday, June 14, 2015:

  • Fantasy Forest Art Competition continues with Ash Tree transformation in full swing. A special memorial Bench Carving will be done by one of our Chainsaw Artists and a Quick Art & Carve Event will be held
  • Salute to the Flag Ceremony and Color Guard with Special Guests and Music by the Cereal City Concert Band. Free American flags and tree seedlings while supplies last!
  • Kingman Museum Open with Free Admission
  • Many Family and Children's Activities including a Scavenger Hunt, Bounce Houses, BC Bombers players with Mo Skeeter; Sugar Bear, Disc golf, and much more.

Monday, June 15, 2015:

  • Art Competition continues with Ash Tree transformation as well as Bench Carving and Quick Art & Carve
  • Children's Programs with fun activities
  • Wine and Paint Event in the Children's Garden will allow you to be part of the week's artistic happenings! Canvas, easels, paints and brushes along with refreshments are all part of this fun 'wine and canvas' sponsored by the Battle Creek Art Center. Advance reservations will be needed!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015:

  • Art Competition continues with Ash Tree transformation as well as Bench Carving and Quick Art & Carve
  • Children's Programs with fun activities
  • Speaker Program discussion Invasive Species followed by Arboretum walkabout to learn about the trees.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015:

  • Art Competition continues with Ash Tree transformation as well as Sponsored Carving and Quick Art & Carve
  • Children's Programs with fun activities
  • Planetarium Shows Sponsored by Kingman Museum
  • Native American Cultural Performance to include storytellers, dancers and drummers

Thursday, June 18, 2015:

  • Art Competition continues with Ash Tree transformation as well as Sponsored Carving and Quick Art & Carve
  • Hosted Reception (by invitation) in Fantasy Forest tent to thank Sponsors, Artists and Judges

Friday, June 19, 2015:

  • Art Competition continues with Fantasy Forest ash tree transformation nearing completion
  • Planting of first tree in new grove replacing Ash grove
  • Party in Fantasy Forest: Music, Food and Fun in the Fantasy Forest Tent
  • Torch the Ash Borer Ceremony - Stay for this special bonfire to symbolically banish the Emerald Ash Borer and other invasive species

Saturday, June 20, 2015:

  • Fantasy Forest 'Unveiling' with Music, Food and Fun in the Festival Tent
  • Public Voting and Judges Deliberation
  • Auction of Artists Works
  • Announcement of Fantasy Forest Art Competition Winners

shape_square Fantasy Forest Trifoldpdf

shape_square Ash Tree Sculptures Fund Raiserpdf

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

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shape_square Ash Tree Call for Artists Informationpdf

accept  2015 - Gardening 365.
  • Learn how to grow your favorite garden vegetables.
  • Classroom and hands-on instruction.
  • Grow your garden into a business.
  • Entrepreneurial training provided by Generation E Institute.
  • Safe Food Handling training led by MSU Extension.
  • Sustainable Growing Practices.
  • Take one class, or take them all, to earn a certificate of completion.
  • Full program 13 weeks - fee per class or scholarship available.
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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: Closed for the season, Open again May 2015.

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.

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“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. ”