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Open Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm from April through October; Tues.-Sat. 10am-4pm, from Nov.-March 31. Closed all holidays and occasional Saturdays for private events, confirm online.
One of Bowling Green's hidden gems, The Baker Arboretum and the Downing Museum were built on the outskirts of the city, overlooking downtown and the surrounding rolling hills. The Baker Arboretum serves as an educational and research facility for WKU.
The collection features Conifers, Asian Maples, flowering trees and shrubs with art and sculpture gleefully woven throughout. With over 600 species and 1200 varieties or cultivars, the Baker Arboretum explores the vast palette of plants that can grow in western Kentucky.
Year round interest includes spring and summer flowers, spectacular fall foliage and the subtle beauty of the winter with the interesting shapes, colors and bark of conifers and other trees.
Visitors are also invited to visit for free the Downing Museum at the Baker Arboretum, featuring works of world-renowned artist Joe Downing.