A beautiful and fragrant Juliana Lilac at The Arboretum

Beautiful Lullaby Peony at The Arboretum

Photo taken mid-April at The Arboretum

Important Information

  • We are conducting a survey to find out what excites people about visiting the Arboretum and how we can make the Arboretum accessible and welcoming for all visitors. The survey takes most people 5-10 minutes to complete. You are eligible to participate if you are over 18. Please go to ​http://go.uky.edu/35V​ to complete the survey!

  • 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!

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.

Due to recent State Tax Laws that went into effect 3/28, we no longer have to charge sales tax on admissions to the KCG or KCG/Friends of The Arboretum Memberships.


The Kentucky Children's Garden is open for the 2019 season! 
Spring hours (March 28 to May 26, 2019) are:

Thursday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Sundays 1 to 5 pm

We start admission sales in the Oatts Visitor Center 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!

Click on the image to view our April 2019 Calendar of Events!

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