Our Mission

The Arboretum celebrates nature, fosters an understanding of relationships between humans and their natural world, provides cultural opportunities for the community,  and serves as a community center for environmental education, horticulture, and urban forest renewal. The Arboretum emphasizes research on the environment and attention to conservation issues. 

Through your support, The Arboretum will have an opportunity to continue to grow and meet the needs and interests of visitors of all ages. Each year we have over 200,000 visitors from throughout the U.S. as well as many other countries. Many individuals participate in scheduled tours and events.

Keeping our gardens beautiful, fresh and exciting takes tremendous effort. A gift to The Arboretum from a recognition or dedication event has a lasting effect. Such events include a birthday, wedding, anniversary, a birth of a child, a memorial, or even a congratulatory wish. 

The Aboretum also accepts monetary donations of all sizes and can be earmarked for: Greatest Need, Rose Garden, Walk Across Kentucky or the Kentucky Children's Garden.

Please contact us with any questions.

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.

This growth will occur as funds are available. If you are interested in participating in the future of The Arboretum, please contact Molly Davis at molly.davis1@uky.edu.

The Arboretum