Classes and Events

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Send an email to 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, when visiting the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center, you are required to wear a mask or face covering and follow all recommended social distancing guidelines.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding!


          20 - Scarecrow Entries Due


          1-31 Scarecrow Parade -   Come see all the creativity and wonder in the Scarecrows displayed                                                            throughtout the gardens.

   16 - Arbor Day at The Arboretum - Let's Care for our Tree Canopy! 

    • 8:30 - 9:30 am | Arbor Day Plant Exchange -  meet at the overflow parking lot - bring your garden and/or garden-related items at 8:30 am. Exchange starts at 9 am. No cost, financial donations to The Arboretum appreciated! 
    • 10 am Arbor Day Opening Ceremony -  meet at the Kentucky Children's Garden entrance - Mayor's Proclamation of Arbor Day, followed by recognition of Tree City USA, Tree Campus USA, and Presenting Sponsor, Kentucky Utilities.
    • 10:30 am (approximate time) | Arbor Day Tree Planting - In the Kentucky Children’s Garden
    • 10:30 am (approximate time) | Kentucky Children’s Garden opens with free admission all day, thanks to Presenting Sponsor, Kentucky Utilities 
    • 11:15 am – 12 pm Ask an Arborist (Dave Leonard) your Tree Questions - meet outside the Visitor Center
    • 1:30 pm | Tree Canopy Tour | meet outside the Visitor Center
    • 3 pm | Tree Canopy Tour | meet outside the Visitor Center
    • 5 pmKentucky Children’s Garden closes