About Us

The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky is a 100-acre greenspace located on the campus of the University of Kentucky in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky. We receive over 200,000 visitors annually who can enjoy and learn about our three main features, the Walk Across Kentucky, the Home Demonstration Garden and the Kentucky Children's Garden. The Walk Across Kentucky is a two-mile paved loop featuring wild-collected native plants from the seven physiographic regions of Kentucky. The Home Demonstration Garden includes several outdoor ‘rooms’ which model what gardeners can accomplish in their yards. Lastly, the Kentucky Children’s Garden is a place for children and their families to connect with and learn about plants and the environment. We proudly offer eduacation programming and tours to help connect people to our gardens.

Our Mission

Our mission is “to showcase Kentucky landscapes and serve as a resource center for environmental and horticultural education, research and conservation.”

Our History and Future

The Arboretum began in 1991 as a joint effort between the University of Kentucky and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. In March 2000, The Arboretum was named the “Official State Botanical Garden for the Commonwealth of Kentucky”.

Strategic Plan Information

Arboretum 2015-2016 Year in Review Web Version

Strategic Plan 2013 - 2018
Strategic Plan Supplement 2013-2018

Long-Range Planning and Needs

Long-range plans include continued development of the Walk Across Kentucky and development of the Kentucky Children’s Garden.

Donations

Through your support, The Arboretum will have an opportunity to continue to grow and meet the needs and interests of visitors of all ages. Keeping our gardens beautiful, fresh and exciting takes tremendous effort and we couldn't do it without your help!

The Aboretum accepts monetary donations of all sizes and can be earmarked for: The Campaign (Visitor Center Expansion), Greatest Need, our Endowment fund, Horticulutre Display Garden, Rose Garden, Walk Across Kentucky or the Kentucky Children's Garden. For instructions on how to donate online CLICK HERE.

We also offer a Tree Tributes and Contributions program which allows you to sponsor or dedicate trees.


If you are interested in helping us grow, please contact Molly Davis at molly.davis1@uky.edu.

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