Kentucky Children's Garden

Spring is for the Birds! Birdhouse and Birdfeeder Exhibit

Spring at The Arboretum

Mississippi Embayment

Fall in The Arboretum

Flight 5191 Memorial

Visit Us!

We are located at 500 Alumni Dr. Lexington, KY 40503.

  • The Arboretum grounds are open daily dawn until dusk for exploring.
  • The Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Admission to the grounds is free
  • The Kentucky Children's Garden is open Thursday-Saturday, 10a-5p and Sundays 1p-5p. Visit our page for the KCG to learn more.
  • Contributions may be deposited in the donation tube outside the Visitor Center
  • Check out our FAQs for more information!

Click on the image above to view our latest newsletter! Also, click here to view our calendar as well as an archive of past newsletters.

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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.