It's that time again - don't miss Party for the Pumpkins, our annual fall family festival, on Saturday, October 13, 2 to 6 p.m.!

Party for the Pumpkins admission includes crafts, 1 food & 1 drink voucher per paid admission, a free pumpkin per child age 12 & under (while supplies last), and admission to the KCG (2 to 6 pm ONLY!)

Monarch caterpillar (photo by Betty Hall)

Common Milkweed (photo by Betty Hall)

Arboretum Explorer

Click on the yellow-banded image above to go access Arboretum Explorer, a web-based database that you can use to "explore" the plants and learn more about The Arboretum. 

Important Information

  • 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.

Visit Us!

We are located at 500 Alumni Drive, Lexington, KY 40503. The Arboretum grounds are open daily dawn until dusk for exploring.

Kentucky Children's Garden hours:

  • Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tickets may be purchased at the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center each day the Garden is open until 4:30 p.m. Visit our page for the KCG to learn more.

Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center hours:

  • Weekdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Admission to the grounds is free. Contributions may be deposited in the donation tube outside the Visitor Center.

Check out our FAQs for more information!

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