A New Season

The changes are being made for many reasons, but primarily to be more inclusive of all Arboretum donors and volunteers and to allow supporters more flexibility in how they support the gardens and programs.

The Friends of the Arboretum will continue to exist. Friends will now include all donors and volunteers with recognition based on levels of support.

No. All current members will be recognized as such and will have the same access to the same benefits, programs and services until their membership expires.

Two representatives of the Friends of the Arboretum will be elected at the February 1, 2020 Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Brunch to serve on The Arboretum Advisory Board. Following the 2020 election, new representatives will be elected every two years.

Yes. All current Life and Founding Members will be recognized as such for the entirety of their lifetime. Life and Founding Members whose memberships are paid in full are encouraged to continue investing in The Arboretum, but annual giving or volunteering is not required.

You will be recognized under the new model when your annual giving or volunteering reaches the new levels. These levels will be reviewed quarterly and your recognition will be updated accordingly.

Visit arboretum.ca.uky.edu/donate or contact Elizabeth Vaughn at 859.257.8783 or elizabeth.vaughn@uky.edu.

Gift membership will not be an option under the new recognition model.

No! This change in recognition was made to allow donors and volunteers to support the area of The Arboretum about which they are most passionate. You can support the Children’s Garden, the Walk Across Kentucky or any other area and will receive full recognition.

No. As long as your gift is directed to an Arboretum fund it will be recorded in our database and tracked for recognition.

Yes, please report your volunteer hours in the notebook at the Visitor Center reception desk. 

Contact The Arboretum by email at arboretum@uky.edu or call 859.257.6955.