Donor Recognition & Benefits (effective July 1, 2020)

We are turning over a new leaf! As of July 1, 2020, The Arboretum will adopt a new recognition model that will keep donors and volunteers connected to the gardens, programs and advance The Arboretum. Donors and volunteers (both are considered Arboretum Friends) may give to any part of The Arboretum to receive recognition and benefits.

Donor Benefits

All Arboretum Friends will receive the following benefits during the fiscal year in which their gift is made. Effective July 1, 2020, donors and volunteers will be recognized using the new recognition levels. Donor benefits are calculated using the University of Kentucky's fiscal year, while Volunteer benefits are calculated using the calendar year. Volunteer benefits are distributed after the calendar year in which Volunteer hours were contributed. 

  • Free or discounted admission to over 330 member gardens throughout North America through the American Horticulture Society's (AHS) Reciprocal Admissions Program. Visit the AHS's page to view participating gardens.
  • Discount on regularly priced items at participating garden centers and nurseries in Central Kentucky* (see list, below)
  • 10% discount on items purchased in The Arboretum Gift Shop**
  • Free 1-year subscription to Better Homes & Gardens magazine through The Arboretum's membership in the American Public Gardens Association

For more information, call (859) 257-6955 to speak to an Arboretum staff member.

Current Merchant Discounts

Bi-Water Farm & Greenhouses

Glynn Young's Landscaping & Nursery

Kings Gardens

Louis' Flower Power Shops

Michler's Florist & Greenhouses

Pemberton's Greenhouses

Redmond's Garden & Landscaping  

Springhouse Gardens

Sunshine Grow Shops

Wilson's Nurseries (Lexington and Frankfort)


* Merchant participation may change without notice

** Must present current Arboretum Membership or Benefits card to receive discount.