The Arboretum Woods

Shade is very important as the hotter months of summer begin, and there is no better place to take a walk in the shade and to listen to the birds and other animals that live among the trees.

Blue Agave and Ageratum

These are both located near the entrance of the Oatts Visitor Center

Trumpet Honeysuckle

This Kentucky native plant boasts bright red flowers and eye-catching round leaves.

Turk's Cap Lily (Lilium superbum)

The Turk's Cap Lily is the tallest of the native American lilies - it can grow up to eight feet tall!

Important Information

  • We are conducting a survey to find out what excites people about visiting the Arboretum and how we can make the Arboretum accessible and welcoming for all visitors. The survey takes most people 5-10 minutes to complete. You are eligible to participate if you are over 18. Please go to ​http://go.uky.edu/35V​ to complete the survey!

  • 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.

Visit Us!

The Arboretum is a public garden, open daily from dawn to dusk, year round.

While there is no admission charge, donations are critically important to our operations and are gratefully accepted! You can find out more about donation options inside the Oatts Visitor Center or on our Donate page.

Kentucky Children's Garden

Due to recent State Tax Laws that went into effect 3/28, we no longer have to charge sales tax on admissions to the KCG or KCG/Friends of The Arboretum Memberships.

Summer Hours 
(May 29 to Aug. 25)

Wednesday through Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Sundays: 1 to 5 pm

KCG admission sales (in the Oatts Visitor Center) start at 9:30 am and end at 4:30 pm (Thursday through Saturday). 
On Sundays, admission sales start at 12:30 pm and end at 4:30 pm.  

Cost is $3/person, $10/for a family of up to 5 people. See the KCG tab for more info about events and special hours.

Oatts Visitor Center hours of operation:

  • Weekdays 9 am to 4:30 pm
  • Saturdays 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Sundays 12:30 to 4:30 pm

The Oatts Visitor Center will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2019 in observance of Independence Day. 

Check out our FAQs for more information!

Click on the image to view our July 2019 Calendar of Events!

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If you would like to receive our monthly email updates, send an email indicating so to arboretum@uky.edu.

Current News and Daily Programming

Calendar of Classes and Events

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