The Arboretum was recognized as Kentucky’s official botanical garden in 2000. We offer 100 acres with native and horticultural plant collections, as well as the Kentucky Children’s Garden.

The Arboretum has been a partnership since 1991 between the University of Kentucky and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG). We recognize all donors to The Arboretum as “Arboretum Friends”. A gift to support our mission of education, conservation and research is always appreciated and acknowledged under our new donor recognition model adopted July 1, 2020.

See The Arboretum Visitor's Guide for more information about our attractions and the 7 physiographic regions of Kentucky represented at The Arboretum.

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