Garden Guides Tours

Interested in bringing a group to visit The Arboretum?  Groups of 6 or more can request a Garden Guide to lead them on a one hour tour of either the Home Demonstration Garden, Fragrance Garden or the Flight 5191 Memorial Rose Garden.  Click here for more details or to obtain a tour request form.

Youth/Field Trip Tours

We offer the following programs:

  • Classes and programs facilitated and/or taught by Arboretum staff and/or other collaborators.
  • Tours of the Horticultural gardens by volunteers (Garden Guides)
  • KCG tours ($1 per person fee in addition to regular admission of $3 per person) (Thursday through Sunday, through October 27, 2019)
  • Daily programming in the KCG during regular hours of operation (Thursday through Sunday, through October 27, 2019)
  • Discovery backpacks for use during Visitor Center hours. Contains activities for 2 to 3 children ages 3 to 7 ($5 per backpack + form of ID). Themes:
    • Terrific Trees
    • Beautiful Bugs
    • Garden Explorer
    • Self-guided tours available through Arboretum Explorer site. Themes:
      • Native Trees of Kentucky
      • Native Shrubs of Kentucky
      • Native Oaks of Kentucky
If intertested in any of the programs above, please contact arboretum@uky.edu to schedule your visit.  We hope to expand our educational offerings in the future as resources and finances allow.

Self-Guided Tours

Many visitors love to come and tour on their own.  We ask that if you are bringing a group of 10 or more on a self-guided tour you call ahead to ensure that we do not have a large group already scheduled.  This will ensure that everyone has an enjoyable experience.  Brochures containing a map are available inside the Visitor Center.

Check out Arboretum Explorer for each of the following self-guided tours:

  • Walking Tour of Native Trees
  • Native Oaks of Kentucky
  • Native Shrubs of Kentucky