Classes and Events

►Denotes pre-registration required!

Call (859) 257-6955 or send an email to Arboretum@uky.edu to pre-register for classes and workshops unless otherwise noted.

 

FEBRUARY 2020

Feb.  1  [Saturday] Volunteer Appreciation Brunch & Friends of The Aboretum Meeting
Location         
E.S. Good Barn                        
Time              
10 am to noon

►Feb. 4 [Tuesday] Vegetable Garden Planning and Season Extension
Senior Horticulturist Jesse Dahl will discuss how to develop a successful vegetable garden plan
and how to extend your growing season.
Location   Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Time          6-7:30 pm
Cost          
$10 per person
Ages         10+ 

 

Feb. 10 to 28 [Monday through Friday]  Glories of the Garden Art Exhibit in the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center
View the exhibit Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

MARCH 2020

Mar. 1 [Sunday] Glories of the Garden Artists' Reception; Come meet the artists and see their creativity and talent!
Location     
Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center
Time            2:00-3:30 pm
Cost            Free and open to everyone

Artists may pick up their pieces from 3:30 to 4 pm. 


►Mar. 4 [Wednesday] Little Sprouts: Animal Habitats in the Garden
We will begin with a story and hands-on exploration. Next, we will rotate through crafts, science experiments, and planting stations. Last, we get outside and explore nature on a short hike weather permitting.
Location   Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Time          Session One 10:00 - 10:45 am
                   Session Two 11:00 - 11:45 am
Cost           $3 per child per session
Ages          Recommended ages 3-5 

►Mar. 7 [Saturday] Winter Tree ID
Join Curator Emily Ellingson to learn skills for identifying common Kentucky trees in the winter.
Location   Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Time          1:00 - 3:00 pm
Cost          
$10 per person
Ages         13+ 

►Mar. 11 [Wednesday], Little Sprouts: Flower Power

We will begin with a story and hands-on exploration. Next, we will rotate through crafts, science experiments, and planting stations. Last, we get outside and explore nature on a short hike weather permitting.
Location   Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Time          Session One 10:00 - 10:45 am
                  Session Two 11:00 - 11:45 am
Cost           $3 per child per session
Ages          Recommended ages 3-5 

►Mar. 18 [Wednesday] Little Sprouts: Roots, Fruits and Shoots
We will begin with a story and hands-on exploration. Next, we will rotate through crafts, science experiments, and planting stations. Last, we get outside and explore nature on a short hike weather permitting.
Location   Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Time          Session One 10:00 - 10:45 am
                   Session Two 11:00 - 11:45 am
Cost           $3 per child per session
Ages          Recommended ages 3-5 

 

►Mar. 25 [Wednesday] Little Sprouts: Trees, Roots and Leaves
We will begin with a story and hands-on exploration. Next, we will rotate through crafts, science experiments, and planting stations. Last, we get outside and explore nature on a short hike weather permitting.
Location   Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Time          Session One 10:00 - 10:45 am
                  Session Two 11:00 - 11:45 am
Cost           $3 per child per session
Ages          Recommended ages 3-5 

 

►Mar. 28 [Saturday], Arboretum Volunteer Open House
Come learn about all of our volunteer opportunities, meet our staff and sign up for the areas that interest you!
Location   
Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Times        
10 to 11 am:  Open House
                  
 11:00 am to noon:  Refresher for new and experienced KCG Volunteers
                 
 Noon to 1:00 pm: Orientation for new KCG volunteers
Cost          Free
Ages         All ages but minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times while volunteering

 

APRIL 2020

Apr. 1  [Wednesday - Saturday] Kentucky Children's Garden opens for the season
Location         
Kentucky Children's Garden
Time              
10:00 am to 5:00 pm 

Apr. 4  [Saturday] Celebrating the Seasons in the Kentucky Children's Garden: Spectacular Spring! 
Location         
Kentucky Children's Garden
Time               
11 am to 2 pm
Cost                FREE, thanks to Kentucky Utilities

Apr. 18  [Saturday] Arbor Day
Location        The Arboretum Grounds                        
Time               1:00 to 5:00 pm 

►Apr. 25 [Saturday], Volunteer Opportunities Update
Come learn about all of our volunteer opportunities and sign up for the areas that interest you! 
Location   Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center  
Times        12:30 to 1:00 pm:  Volunteer Opportunities Update
                  1:00 to 2:00 pm:  KCG Training Updates
                  2:00 - 3:00 pm: Introduction to Best Practices for Interacting with Children
Cost          Free 
Ages         All ages but minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times while volunteering


MAY 2020

►May 2 [Saturday] Derby Day Planting Party
Volunteers will be trained on proper planting techniques, and will work with horticulture staff to plant annuals and perennials in the display beds, Home Demonstration Garden, and Teaching Perennial Garden. Pre-registration is appreciated.
Location   
Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Time       
10:00 am - Noon
Cost          Free
Ages         
13+ 

►May 9 [Saturday], Volunteer Opportunities Update
Come learn about all of our volunteer opportunities and sign up for the areas that interest you!
Location   
Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Times       
9:30 to 10:00 am: Volunteer Opportunities Update
                  10:00 to 11:00 am:  KCG Training Updates
                  11:00 am - Noon:  Introduction to Best Practices for Interacting with Children
Cost          Free
Ages         
All ages but minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times while volunteering

 

JUNE 2020

►Jun 13 [Saturday], Volunteer Opportunities Update
Come learn about all of our volunteer opportunities and sign up for the areas that interest you!
Location   
Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Times       
12::30 - 1:00 pm: Volunteer Opportunities Update
                   1:00 to 2:00 pm:  KCG Training Updates
                   2:00 - 3:00 pm:  Introduction to Best Practices for Interacting with Children
Cost         
Free 
Ages         
All ages but minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times while volunteering

Jun 20 [Saturday], 3rd Annual Hundred Acre 5k

Support The Arboretum and The Horticultural Gardens
Location   
The Arboretum Parking Lot  
Time      
  8:00 am
Cost         
 Free 
Ages         

JULY 2020

►Jul 11 [Saturday], Wildflowers of Kentucky and The Arboretum
Join Curator Emily Ellingson on a tour of the various native wildflowers we have at The Arboretum.
Location   Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Time          10:00 am - Noon
Cost          
$10 per person
Ages         13+ 

►Jul 18 [Saturday], Volunteer Open House
Come learn about all of our volunteer opportunities and sign up for the areas that interest you!
Location   
Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Time         
9:30 to 10 am: Volunteer Opportunities Update 
                  
10:00 to 11:00 am:  KCG Training Updates
                   11:00 - Noon: Introduction to Best Practices for Interacting with Children
Cost          
Free
Ages         
All ages but minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times while volunteering

►Jul 25 [Saturday], Celebrating the Seasons in the Kentucky Children's Garden: Sizzling Summer!
 Location   
Kentucky Children's Garden  
Time          
11:00 am to 2:00 pm 
Cost          
FREE, thanks to Kentucky Utilities

 

OCTOBER 2020

►Oct 3 [Saturday], Celebrating the Seasons in the Kentucky Children's Garden: Amazing Autumn!
Location   
Kentucky Children's Garden  
Time          
11:00 am to 2:00 pm 
Cost          
FREE, thanks to Kentucky Utilities