On July 12, 2003, Slayton Arboretum celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for the Children’s Garden. The generosity of Mr. Charles Kline, ’47, of Midland enabled us to proceed with the first phase of the Children’s Garden. A potting shed was erected, and Mr. Kline also provided funding to purchase gardening tools for Slayton Arboretum volunteers and workers. Several College science faculty and staff participated in the ceremony as well. The presence at the event of four descendants of Dr. Bertram Barber, founder of Slayton Arboretum, made for a special day. Dr. Barber’s daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter and great-great-grandson enjoyed watching this new chapter in the history of Slayton Arboretum unfold.
Since then, the Children’s Garden has grown, with the addition of a pond, a Blue Ribbon Fair Garden, an herb garden and a willow teepee. The Children’s Garden has served as the venue for the Fall Festival, providing a delightful setting for both children and adults.
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