The Arboretum relies on the generous support of volunteers, donors and everyone who values this special place in the heart of UK and Lexington, Kentucky. Your support enables The Arboretum staff to care for and improve our plant collections, provide educational programming for all ages, and to plan for the future. 

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 US!

Your gift to any of three Arboretum funds can be completed online

Choose from:


The Arboretum’s Tribute Program offers ways for you to celebrate and honor important people and events. For more information or to participate in our Tree Tribute Program, please contact Arboretum Director Molly Davis at .

  • Trees
    • Tree Planting – WAKY only – targeted species only - $10,000
    • Tree Dedication - $6,000 – life of tree
    • Tree Sponsorship - $1,500 for five years
    • Trees associated with VC project - $25,000
  • Benches

Our Tribute Bench program is paused at this time as our focus is on raising funds to expand and renovate the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center. When our Tribute Bench program resumes, we will offer benches for a 15-year dedication period for a minimum charitable gift of $15,000.


The Arboretum has four additional fund options:

  • Walk Across Kentucky Native Plant Collection
  • Horticulture Gardens & Collection
  • Kentucky Children's Garden
  • Greatest Need

If you would like to donate to one of these areas, please fill out this form and return to:

Molly Davis, Director
500 Alumni Drive
Lexington, KY 40503

Thank you for your gift to The Arboretum, it truly makes a difference!