The Arboretum relies on the generous support of volunteers, donors and everyone who values this special place in the heart of UK and Lexington, Kentucky. 

Your support enables The Arboretum staff to care for and improve our plant collections, provide educational programming for all ages, and to plan for the future. 

Arboretum Friends are everyone who contributes to The Arboretum. With your gift of $50 or more during the current fiscal year, you will receive a Friends benefits card (good for 12 months) which unlocks discounts in Lexington garden centers and nurseries, and at other public gardens across the U.S.!

Online giving is not possible at this time. You may call Dawn Smallwood in UK Philanthropy at (859) 258-2049 if you wish to make a gift. She will transfer your call to a member of the Gift Receiving staff to process the gift over the phone.


Support the Arboretum Development Fund.  Support the Arboretum Visitor Center Fund

Tribute Program

The Arboretum’s Tribute Program offers ways for you to celebrate and honor important people and events. For more information or to participate in our Tree Tribute Program, contact Arboretum Director Molly Davis.

  • Trees
    • Tree Planting – WAKY only – targeted species only – $10,000
    • Tree Dedication – $6,000 for the life of the tree
    • Tree Sponsorship – $1,500 for five years
    • Trees associated with VC project – $25,000
  • Benches
    • Our Tribute Bench program is paused at this time as our focus is on raising funds to expand and renovate the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center. When our Tribute Bench program resumes, we will offer benches for a 15-year dedication period for a minimum charitable gift of $15,000.

More Giving Options

The Arboretum has four additional fund options:

  • Walk Across Kentucky Native Plant Collection
  • Horticulture Gardens & Collection
  • Kentucky Children's Garden
  • Greatest Need

If you would like to donate to one of these areas, please fill out this Donation Form and return it to:

Molly Davis, Director
500 Alumni Drive
Lexington, KY 40503

Thank you for your gift to The Arboretum. It truly makes a difference! 

Contact Information

Molly Davis

500 Alumni Drive Lexington, KY 40503

+1 (859) 257-6955