The Arboretum Woods

Shade is very important as the hotter months of summer begin, and there is no better place to take a walk in the shade and to listen to the birds and other animals that live among the trees.

Blue Agave and Ageratum

These are both located near the entrance of the Oatts Visitor Center

Trumpet Honeysuckle

This Kentucky native plant boasts bright red flowers and eye-catching round leaves.

Turk's Cap Lily (Lilium superbum)

The Turk's Cap Lily is the tallest of the native American lilies - it can grow up to eight feet tall!

Important Information

  • We apologize if anyone had issues with our Visitor Survey.  The link to the survey is again available. Thank you!
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  • A photography permit is necessary for all commercial landscape and portrait photography, including wedding, family, engagement, graduation, prom, senior photos, etc.
  • Organized events at The Arboretum are considered on a case-by-case basis by the Director.

Programming and Events

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Visit Us!

The Arboretum is a public garden, open daily from dawn to dusk, year round.

While there is no admission charge, donations are critically important to our operations and are gratefully accepted! You can find out more about donation options inside the Oatts Visitor Center or on our Donate page.

KCG Birthday Parties and Field Trips are fully booked for the 2019 season.

Kentucky Children's Garden
Fall Hours

Thursday through Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Sundays: 1 to 5 pm
The garden is CLOSED on UK football home game days.

KCG admission sales (in the Oatts Visitor Center) start at 9:30 am and end at 4:30 pm (Thursday through Saturday). 
On Sundays, admission sales start at 12:30 pm and end at 4:30 pm.  

Cost is $3/person, $10/for a family of up to 5 people. See the KCG tab for more info about events and special hours.

Oatts Visitor Center hours of operation:

  • Weekdays 9 am to 4:30 pm
  • Saturdays 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Sundays 12:30 to 4:30 pm

Check out our FAQs for more information!

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