Slayton Arboretum


Mission Statement

The purpose of the Slayton Arboretum is to display and preserve living plant collections and native plant communities, and to study and disseminate knowledge about plants through teaching, research, education, publications, and public outreach programs.


Slayton Arboretum is open daily at its main gate on Barber Drive from dawn to dusk.


The Slayton Arboretum shall be developed to:

  1. Follow Dr. Barber’s original design intent closely and preserve the historic nature of the Arboretum;

  2. Provide an outdoor laboratory for students in botany, horticulture, and nature study;

  3. Preserve, restore, and enhance native plant communities as well as landscaped areas;

  4. Show citizens of the area the hardy, ornamental, woody plants from the temperate regions of the world;

  5. Provide community outreach and passive recreational opportunities including walks, plantings, demonstrations, and programs about horticulture and plant communities;

  6. Establish a library and series of advanced classes, workshops, and symposia on plants and their ecology;

  7. Create a funding base for the continued support of the Arboretum.

Reciprocal Garden

Slayton Arboretum is a member of the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Garden program. By becoming a friend of the Slayton Arboretum, you can enjoy the discounts and benefits associated with the Reciprocal Garden program.

Don't forget to register for our summer classes for adults and children alike.

Call the Hillsdale College Dow Center at (517) 437-3311 to request information about reserving the Slayton Arboretum for events.