Arboretum Video Series

Celebrate and learn about trees virtually with The Arboretum's Tree Week Video Series! We will be posting videos every day on various tree related subjects throughout Tree Week (October 10th -17th). 

Tree Week is a celebration of trees and green spaces led by the Urban Forest Initiative (UFI). Throughout the week there will be events both virtual and in person. If you would like to learn more about Tree Week and the scheduled  events, please go to

Tree Appreciation and Benefits video

Join The Arboretum’s Curator, Emily Ellingson, to learn about the many ways trees benefit us. 

How to Plant a Tree

Join The Arboretum‘s Senior Horticulturist, Jesse Dahl, to learn about how to plant and mulch a tree. 

Walk Across Kentucky

Join Arboretum Curator and Native Plants Collection Manager, Emily Ellingson, on a virtual tree tour of the seven physiographic regions of Kentucky. 

Why We Love Trees

We here at The Arboretum love trees! We have many visitors and animal friends that also love trees! The animal friends that live here at The Arboretum love trees because they rely on them for food and housing. Learn about why owls, bees, and our visitors love trees. Why do you love trees?

How to Prune a Young Tree

Join The Arboretum’s Senior Horticulturist, Jesse Dahl, to learn how to prune a young tree. This video is part of The Arboretum Tree Week video series.

The Arboretum Woods

Join The Arboretum’s Curator, Emily Ellingson, to virtually explore the Arboretum woods and it’s importance. 

Arboretum Explore

Want to ID or locate trees at The Arboretum? Arboretum Explorer is a web-based database that can be accessed on your smartphone, tablet or desktop computer to "explore" the plants and learn more about The Arboretum. Join Education Coordinator, Dawn Bailey, to learn how to use Arboretum Explorer.

Home Gardening Resources


Check out fun things you can do at home

Visitor Information:

  • The Arboretum grounds and outdoor restrooms are open from 8 am to 8 pm daily.
  • Face coverings or masks are strongly encouraged, especially when you cannot maintain 6 - 10 feet of social distance between yourself and others (visitors and staff).
  • The Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center, Kentucky Children's Garden, and water fountains are closed.
  • For more information about limiting the spread of COVID-19, go to

UK Football Home Game Day information
(Nov. 14 & Dec. 5):

  • There is no visitor parking, but the grounds are open. 
  • The outdoor restrooms are closed. 
  • Game day parking and tailgating are prohibited.

Those wishing to use the grounds of The Arboretum for a UK-sponsored event must submit a request a minimum of 2 weeks in advance to UK Event Managment Services

If you want to use the grounds of The Arboretum for a class or group visit, you must complete our class/visiting group form. It can be found in the Forms tab.



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