Want to help sustain daily operations and grow the Kentucky Children's Garden? There are two ways to help! Direct monetary donation inquiries to Molly Davis, Arboretum Director or to make an in-kind donation view our wishlist.

The Tentative Kentucky Children's Garden Opening Date:

July 1, 2021

We will keep a close eye on the levels of COVID-19 in our community and the vaccination program before re-opening the KCG so that we can keep our staff, volunteers and visitors safe and healthy. For these reasons, we are posting this as our tentative plan as we need stay flexible. Thanks, as always, for your patience and support of The Arboretum. The staff of The Arboretum have missed our KCG members, visitors and volunteers greatly. We are looking forward to the time when we can all once again enjoy and learn together in the garden!

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The Kentucky Children’s Garden (KCG) is a 2-acre garden designed to share the joy and wonder of nature and plants. It is best suited for children ages 2 to 6 and their families. The garden’s features include child-sized representations of Kentucky’s landscapes (natural and man-made, past and present) as well as themed gardens including butterfly, vegetable and transportation gardens.

Connecting children to nature while they are young helps build essential skills and attitudes. Studies show that early nature connection can influence enthusiasm and respect toward nature throughout a lifetime. Additionally, nature play encourages healthy child development in many areas including social, emotional and physical. Not to mention, it’s fun! 

 Direct questions or event inquiries to arboretum@uky.edu.