Arboretum Garden & Features

The gardens at The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky provide visitors with year-round color and change throughout each season. In the gardens you will see a large and diverse community of plants from around the globe. We partner with horticultural clubs and groups, University of Kentucky professionals, and plant breeders to bring the newest selections of annuals, perennials, roses, trees, and shrubs to the gardens at The Arboretum. You will find many of these inter-planted with proven favorites that thrive here in the Bluegrass.

The gardens at The Arboretum are designed to stimulate your olfactory and visual senses (fragrances, colors, textures and forms abound!) and are a contemplative place to observe the natural environment. If you are looking for ideas for your own yard and gardens, visit our gardens for inspiration.

The gardens are composed of a collection of smaller gardens.  These include the Home Demonstration Garden, the Rose Garden, the Fragrance Garden and plantings at the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center.