Shawnee Hills Meadow

White oak, Quercus alba

The Bluegrass Region

Witch Hazel, Hamamelis virginiana

Wild Hydrangea Herbarium Specimen

Bigleaf Magnolia Fruit

Arboretum Explorer

Arboretum Explorer is a web-based database that can be accessed on your smartphone, tablet or desktop computer to "explore" the plants and learn more about The Arboretum.

To access Arboretum Explorer click


  • You can locate plants by using an interactive MAP of The Arboretum grounds.
  • You can also SEARCH our database for specific plants, or choose from a list of plants under the NAMES tab. The results of this search will give you its Arboretum location, the origin and the unique nubmer that staff use to identify individual plants.
  • Under our FEATURES tab, you can find memorial benches and trees, facilities, special gardens and more. 
  • You can take a self-guided TOUR created by Arboretum staff on topics such as native trees, shrubs and Kentucky Oaks. 

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