The Arboretum

The Arboretum grounds are free and open daily from dawn to dusk.  Donations are always welcomed and appreciated. 

Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center

Tuesday through Saturday - 9 am to 4 pm

The Kentucky Children's Garden (KCG)

Wednesday through Saturday - 10 am to 5 pm (admission must be purchased by 4 pm inside the Visitor Center).


With your generous support, we offer educational programming, conserve Kentucky's native ecosystems, feature horticultural gardens and displays, and serve as a destination for our community and beyond to enjoy. 

Arboretum Friends are everyone who contributes to The Arboretum. With your gift of $50 or more during the current fiscal year, you will receive an Arboretum Friends benefits card (good for 12 months) which unlocks discounts in Lexington garden centers and nurseries, and at other public gardens across the U.S.!

Your gift to any of three Arboretum funds can be completed online

Choose from:

 All gifts are 100% tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. 


  • Arboretum grounds and outdoor restrooms are open daily dawn to dusk. The Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 am to 4 pm.
  • If you are a UK-sponsored group who wants to use our space, you must submit a request at least 2 weeks in advance to UK Event Managment Services
  • If you want to use the grounds for a class or group visit, complete and return our class/visiting group form

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