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The Baker Arboretum

P.O. Box One

Bowling Green, KY 42102


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The Downing Museum



Red Obelisk Beech behind the Antique lamp from Copenhagen.

View of the Dragon's Eye PineThe twisted branches under a dissected Japanese MapleView of the Downing Museum Silo and Picea orientalis 'Skylands'Pinus strobus 'Umbraculifera' with the Cedrus atlantica 'Aurea' in the backgroundFall foliage of the Japanese MaplesWebs on the Varied Directions LarchPath by various conifer brooms.Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Crippsii' and various conifersPinus bungeana 'Rowe Arboretum and P. densiflora 'Oculus-draconis'.Witchhazel fall foliage


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. 


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

The Baker Arboretum and Downing Museum
November 21, 2015   8:30am -10:30am CST
4801 Morgantown Road, Bowling Green KY

For registration and more information, visit RunSignUp

The Baker Arboretum is hosting the 5K Run for Clean Water in Kenya.  Enjoy the fall colors as you run or walk on this beautiful property. 

Funds will be used for several water supply projects at the school farms and villages in Kenya to ensure a continuous food supply for thousands of people.

The awards ceremony and runner's reception will be held at the Downing Museum, immediately following the race. 

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.





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