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The Baker Arboretum

P.O. Box One

Bowling Green, KY 42102

270.846.2397

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The Downing Museum

270.842.7415

 

Red Obelisk Beech behind the Antique lamp from Copenhagen.

Conifers and the bronze Japanese Vessel in the SnowThe Downing Museum in the snowy landscape.Conifer color variations.Pinus strobus 'Umbraculifera' with the Cedrus atlantica 'Aurea' in the backgroundThe Conifers near the Downing Museum

NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Go to our Visitor Information Page for more information.

 Founded in 1992 by Jerry Baker, the Baker Arboretum now covers nearly 115 acres.  Built on a ridge of rolling hills in the outskirts of Bowling Green Kentucky, the arboretum overlooks Bowling Green and the Western Kentucky University campus.  

Working with the tree and art collections, landscape architect Mitchell Leichhardt (1924-2015) designed a tapestry of trees and art. 

Featuring many varieties of dogwoods, magnolias and other flowering trees, woven among the conifers and Japanese maples. 

Visitors will enjoy year-round highlights.  Not only spring and summer blooms, but also the fall color, featuring over 160 Japanese maples and the winter beauty of the conifers.

 Mitchell Leichhardt

In Memory of Mitchell Leichhardt

 Mitchell Leichhardt (1924-2015) was the guiding force behind the Baker Arboretum.  He was a close, lifelong friend of Jerry Baker.  They traveled the world, and returned with the vision for the arboretum.  His touch is throughout, the classic European design, from the conifer collection to the Japanese Maples.  We are among the many that he took under his wing and nurtured.  He will be greatly missed. 

 His obituary is in the Bowling Green Daily News.

 

ar·bo·retum:  a place where trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes. Etymology: New Latin, from Latin, plantation of trees, from arbor

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