Classes and Events

►Denotes pre-registration required!

Send an email to Arboretum@uky.edu to pre-register for classes, programs and workshops (unless otherwise noted). 
Please be sure to include your name, email address and phone number for any registrations. 
Please note:
Due to COVID-19, the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center, the Kentucky Children's Garden, and water fountains remain closed.
Please wear a mask or face covering when you visit, and follow all recommended social distancing guidelines.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during these difficult times. 


OCTOBER 2020

This year's Scarecrow parade has been cancelled due to safety concerns over Covid 19.  We are sad that this annual tradition, where our community creates such whimsical entries enjoyed by many visitors, will not happen, but we look forward to next year's event. 

►Oct 10-17 Tree Scavenger Hunt at The Arboretum

Follow a series of clues along the paved and mulched paths of  The Arboretum to complete our Tree Week Scavenger Hunt

Location   Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center (First clue will be posted on our website, Facebook and Instagram.)
Time         
8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily (no visitor parking on October 10, due to UK Football home game)
Ages        
7+

Time          6:00 - 7:00 pm
Cost         
Free
Ages         13+

►Oct 31 [Saturday]- CLOSED- UK HOME FOOTBALL GAME

NOVEMBER 2020

►Nov 10 [Tuesday], CancelledSucculents

In this class we will talk about easy care succulents, and how to care for them. Attendees will get a couple from the Arboretum Collections to take home.
Location   Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Time          6:00 - 7:30 pm
Cost         
$10
Ages         13+

►Nov 14 [Saturday]- CLOSED- UK HOME FOOTBALL GAME

DECEMBER 2020

►Dec 5 [Saturday]- CLOSED- UK HOME FOOTBALL GAME


►Dec 10 & 11 [Thursday & Friday], Craft a Kissing Ball Virtual Class 

Get into the holiday spirt by making a traditional holiday kissing ball. For $20 you can pick up your kissing ball kit to assemble at homeYou will receive a link to an instructional video, were Senior Horticulturist Jesse Dahl will teach you how to make a kissing ball using greenery from The Arboretum. The video will also include a virtual tour of our evergreens and you will learn some interesting facts about pines, fir and spruce. 

Pre-registration required as space is limited. For more information or to register contact  arboretum@uky.edu  or  (859) 257-9339  with the following information: the event you wish to join, your name, number of kits you would like, email address and phone number. 

Registered participants will be able to pick up kissing ball kit(s) at The Arboretum on: 

Dec. 10 between 10am-1pm 

or 

Dec. 11 between 2pm-6pm 

We will be collecting payment when you arrive to pick up your kit. (We will only accept exact change or check)

Registration deadline: There is no deadline to register but space is limited.

Cost:         $20 per Kit
Ages:         10+