Second Annual Friends on the Farm! August 15, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at UK South Farm!

Monarch caterpillar (photo by Betty Hall)

The Arboretum thanks John's Run/Walk Shop for their support of the Kentucky Children's Garden!

Sunflowers in the Home Demonstration Garden (photo by Betty Hall)

Common Milkweed (photo by Betty Hall)

Visit Us!

We are located at 500 Alumni Dr. Lexington, KY 40503.

  • The Arboretum grounds are open daily dawn until dusk for exploring.
  • The Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Admission to the grounds is free
  • The Kentucky Children's Garden is open Thursday-Saturday, 10a-5p and Sundays 1p-5p. Visit our page for the KCG to learn more.
  • Contributions may be deposited in the donation tube outside the Visitor Center
  • Check out our FAQs for more information!

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Arboretum Explorer

Click on the yellow-banded image above to go access Arboretum Explorer, a web-based database that you can use to "explore" the plants and learn more about The Arboretum. 

Important Information

  • A photography permit is necessary for all commercial landscape and portrait photography, including wedding, family, engagement, graduation, prom, senior photos, etc.
  • Organized events at The Arboretum are considered on a case-by-case basis by the Director.