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 Kentucky Children’s Garden is open Wednesday through Saturday!

Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm

Admission must be purchased in the Oatts Visitor Center. We start selling admission at 9 am and end at 4 pm. 


  • If you have been vaccinated, UK policy does not require you to wear a mask or face covering. 
  • If you have not been vaccinated, UK policy requires you to wear a face covering or mask when you are inside the Visitor Center and when you cannot maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and others (visitors and staff).
  • Stay home and do not visit if you are sick or display COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, dry couch, or tiredness.
  • Stay home and do not visit if you have been exposed to someone who had COVID-19 in the past two weeks. 
  • Please respect others who are practicing social distancing while you are at The Arboretum and in the KCG. 
  • Please wash your hands with soap and water for 20 second before you visit the KCG. 


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.