Classes and Events

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Send an email to Arboretum@uky.edu to pre-register for classes, programs and workshops unless otherwise noted.

Please note:
Due to COVID-19, all April classes and programming have been cancelled.

The Arboretum Grounds are CLOSED till further notice.
Thank you for your patience and understanding!
last updated 4.6.2020  

 

APRIL 2020

Apr. 1  Kentucky Children's Garden opens for the season:  Opening date postponed until further notice


Apr. 4  [Saturday] Celebrating the Seasons in the Kentucky Children's Garden: Spectacular Spring!- CANCELLED 

Apr. 18  [Saturday] Arbor Day- CANCELLED

►Apr. 25 [Saturday], Volunteer Opportunities Update- CANCELLED

MAY 2020

 ►May 2 [Saturday], Derby Day Planting Party- SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION - Please check back

We need your help to plant thousands of annuals and perennials to make The Arboretum bloom.
Location   Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Time          10:00am - 12:00 pm
Cost         
Free
Ages         13+


►May 9 [Saturday], Volunteer Opportunities Update- SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION - Please check back 
Come learn about all of our volunteer opportunities and sign up for the areas that interest you!
Location   
Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Times       
9:30 to 10:00 am: Volunteer Opportunities Update
                  10:00 to 11:00 am:  KCG Training Updates
                  11:00 am - Noon:  Introduction to Best Practices for Interacting with Children
Cost          Free
Ages         
All ages but minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times while volunteering


May 16  [Saturday] Addie's Day - SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION - Please check back 
Location         
Kentucky Children's Garden
Time               
10:00 am to 2 :00 pm
Cost                FREE

 

JUNE 2020

►Jun 9 [Tuesday], How about Hydrangeas
In this class we will discuss the many types of hydrangeas that we can grow in Kentucky, which ones are easier to grow and how to grow them successfully.  Will also go outside to look at specimens in the landscape. 
Location   Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Time          
6:00 am - 7:30 pm
Cost          
$10 per person
Ages        
 13+ 


►Jun 13 [Saturday], Volunteer Opportunities Update
Come learn about all of our volunteer opportunities and sign up for the areas that interest you!
Location   
Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Times       
12::30 - 1:00 pm: Volunteer Opportunities Update
                   1:00 to 2:00 pm:  KCG Training Updates
                   2:00 - 3:00 pm:  Introduction to Best Practices for Interacting with Children
Cost         
Free 
Ages         
All ages but minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times while volunteering

Jun 20 [Saturday], 3rd Annual Hundred Acre 5k

Support The Arboretum and the Horticultural Gardens
Location   
Arboretum Parking Lot  
Time      
    8:00 am
Cost         
 Free 
Ages         
Family Event

JULY 2020

►Jul 7 [Tuesday], All American Selection Trials 
Discuss the purpose of the All American Selection Trials, some past winners and recent winners. Then tour the trial and display gardens and talk about the trials.
Location   Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Time          6:00 - 7:30 pm
Cost          
$5 per person
Ages         13+ 

►July 11 [Saturday], Summer Wildflowers of The Arboretum
Join Curator Emily Ellingson on a tour of the various native wildflowers we have at The Arboretum. 
Location   Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Time          10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost          
$10
Ages         13+

 

►Jul 18 [Saturday], Volunteer Opportunities Update
Come learn about all of our volunteer opportunities and sign up for the areas that interest you!
Location   
Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Time         
9:30 to 10 am: Volunteer Opportunities Update 
                  
10:00 to 11:00 am:  KCG Training Updates
                   11:00 - Noon: Introduction to Best Practices for Interacting with Children
Cost          
Free
Ages         
All ages but minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times while volunteering

►Jul 20 [Monday] - August 8 (Saturday), Bluegrass Area Woodturners Display and Silent Auction (Reception on August 8, 2-4 pm)
Location   
Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center  
Time         
9:00 am to 4:30 pm 
Cost         
Free

►Jul 25 [Saturday], Celebrating the Seasons in the Kentucky Children's Garden: Sizzling Summer!
Location   
Kentucky Children's Garden  
Time          
11:00 am to 2:00 pm 
Cost          
FREE, thanks to Kentucky Utilities

AUGUST 2020


►Aug 12 [Saturday], Bluegrass Area Woodturners Silent Auction and Reception from 2-4 pm
Location   Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Time          9:30 - 5:00 pm 
Cost         
Free

Ages         For all ages

SEPTEMBER 2020


►Sep 12 [Saturday], Propagating Native Plants from Seed
In this workshop, you will learn the basics of collecting, storing, and germinating native plants at home. Participants will take home a few Arboretum sourced plants.
Location   Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Time          12:00 - 3:00 pm
Cost          
$20 per person

Ages         13+ 

 

OCTOBER 2020

►Oct 3 [Saturday], Celebrating the Seasons in the Kentucky Children's Garden: Amazing Autumn!
Location   
Kentucky Children's Garden  
Time          
11:00 am to 2:00 pm 
Cost          
FREE, thanks to Kentucky Utilities

►Oct 13 [Tuesday], Tree Week Tree ID: Learn the Basics
Join Curator Emily Ellingson on a atour of common and important trees of Kentucky. This class will consist of an indoor introduction to Tree ID using plant keys and an outdoor field component.
Location   Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Time          6:00 - 7:30 pm
Cost          
$5 per person

Ages         13+

►Oct 14 [Wednesday], Tree Planting and Tree Walk
Come help us plant a couple of trees at The Arboretum and then join us for a short tree walk.
Location   Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Time          6:00 - 7:00 pm
Cost         
Free
Ages         13+

NOVEMBER 2020


►Nov 10 [Tuesday], Succulents

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+

DECEMBER 2020


►Dec 5 [Saturday], Kissing Balls

In this class we will talk about the Victorian age Kissing Ball, enjoy some Hot Cider of Coffee, take a short walk through some evergreens and make your own kissing ball from Arboretum greenery to take home.
Location   Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center 
Time          10:00 am - 12:00pm
Cost          
$20
Ages         13+