Funded Projects2023 Funded Project: Bartlett Arboretum

July 2, 2024

One of the Midwest’s Oldest Arboretums

Established in 1910, the Bartlett Arboretum stands as one of the oldest arboretums in the American Midwest, showcasing a diverse collection of native and exotic trees. For more than a century, it has been dedicated to educating students about Kansas’ rich horticultural heritage and the species that can thrive in the region’s varied climate. The Bartlett Arboretum has become a beloved destination for outdoor enthusiasts, horticulturalists, and art lovers alike. Visitors can explore the Sumner County Victorian paradise, attend the Tree House Concerts featuring regional and national bands on the Loblolly stage, enjoy family-friendly food truck events, and participate in the annual Art in the Arb festival, which combines music, art, and garden exhibits.

Embracing Community Tradition

To honor Chris’s adventurous spirit, passion for travel, and love of people, the Chris Mikesell Foundation aims to assist organizations dedicated to preserving and protecting the environment’s natural beauty. This year’s $3,000 grant awarded to the Bartlett Arboretum will help sponsor the Annual Tree House Concert Series, an 18-year tradition bringing regional and national touring artists to the historic Kansas landmark.

  • “The Mikesells have deep roots here in this community...

    he family has always been ‘frequent flyers’ to the arboretum, embracing the natural world for decades and helping to keep places like this financially strong and independent. We are GRATEFUL beyond measure for their support…Thank you, thank you, heart, soul, and soil.”—Bartlett Arboretum

Championing Local Tourism

Each year, from April through November, the Bartlett Arboretum hosts an extraordinary array of talent while helping deserving local artists find appreciation in an increasingly crowded culture. The Tree House Concert Series has been known to bring tens of thousands of visitors to Sumner County annually, causing attendees to purchase gas, buy food from local vendors (specifically the farm-to-table initiative that helps sustain residents), and consider the positives of living in a small town. Funding from the Chris Mikesell Foundation continues to help bring great music to the Bartlett Arboretum and sustain this popular series year after year. You may recognize some of this year’s featured artists, which include Grammy-winning artist Allision Brown, the Cactus Blossoms, Logan Mize, and more!

To see a comprehensive history of organizations and causes the Foundation has supported, see all Funded Projects.

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