Rules for Safely Visiting The Arboretum & Kentucky Children's Garden!

You made the difference!

On our very first One Day for UK, you showed up, spread the word, unlocked challenges, and helped meet our match. 

Thanks to our 190 generous donors, we raised $85,536 for The Arboretum! 

One Day for UK is a day to celebrate special places like The Arboretum and the people, like you, who extend their generosity to ensure we can continue to serve our campus, community, and Commonwealth for years to come. 

Thank you! We couldn't have done it without your generous support.


The Arboretum continues because of donors like you! With your generous support, we offer educational programming, conserve Kentucky's native ecosystems, feature horticultural gardens and displays, and serve as a destination for those in 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 a 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. 


  • The Arboretum grounds and outdoor restrooms are open daily from dawn to dusk (approximately 6 am to 9 pm).
  • The Kentucky Children's Garden is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission must be purchased in the Oatts Visitor Center by 4 pm. 
    Go to Kentucky Children's Garden for more information. 
  • If you wish to use our space for a UK-sponsored event, you must submit a request at least 2 weeks in advance to UK Event Managment Services
  • If you want to use the grounds for a class or group visit, you must complete our class/visiting group form


  • If you have been vaccinated, UK policy does not require you to wear a mask or face covering. 
  • If you have not been vaccinated, UK policy requires you to wear a face covering or mask when you are inside the Visitor Center and when you cannot maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and others (visitors and staff).


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