The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky

The Arboretum grounds are free and open daily from dawn to dusk.  Donations are always welcomed and appreciated. Please note that on days of UK Football home games, the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center, the Kentucky Children's Garden, the outdoor restroom facility, and our parking lot are closed to visitors. Visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds on home game days, but they must park in a non-Arboretum location. 

Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center hours

  • October 31, 2022 to March 31, 2023 - Monday through Friday - 9 am to 4 pm

The Kentucky Children's Garden (KCG)

  • Closed for the 2022 season.
  • Garden opens for the 2023 season on Saturday April 1, 2023.
  • When open, admission for the KCG must be purchased by 4 pm inside the Visitor Center. Children must be present with an adult to purchase KCG admission (per safety guidelines).

SUPPORT THE ARBORETUM!

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. 

VISITOR INFORMATION

  • 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
    https://meetatbigblue.uky.edu/
  • If you want to use the grounds for a class or group visit, complete and return our class/visiting group form.  Please note this is not a reservation form to visit the KY Children's Garden. 

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