April 18, 2020

The Arboretum’s complete closure on March 27th changed everything that we do and everything we had planned for the season. We think it is especially important that we let you, our valued Arboretum volunteers, know as much as we do about when we are likely to re-open and when Volunteer Opportunities might resume.

Essential Arboretum staff continue to care for the gardens and plant collections in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. They thank you for protecting them, their work space and yourselves by respecting our closed status. Arboretum staff continue to monitor conditions, conduct Zoom calls, email each other and talk to each other daily. We are in this together. 

These are challenging times for all of us and we are grateful for your cooperation and support.

We are following the guidelines of the University of Kentucky (UK) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding opening and the resumption of volunteer activities. All volunteer opportunities have been cancelled until May 31, 2020. We will continue to evaluate what may or may not be possible concerning events and opportunities occurring after June 12020.

Once we are allowed to safely reopen and resume volunteer activities, we will send information via our Volunteer Newsletter and place information on our website (http://arboretum.ca.uky.edu/)

Until we are allowed to re-open, please take care of yourself and your loved ones. And thank you for supporting our staff by staying healthy at home.


 Award WinnersLeft to Right and Top to Bottom

Kentucky Children’s Garden Award Winners,
Joan Haas, Jerry Goerz, Dawn Bazner, Nancy McNally
Pictured with Dawn Bailey, Education Coordinator

Walk Across Kentucky Award Winner, Larry Leach
Pictured with Emily Ellingson, Curator

Vegetable Garden Award Winner, Susan Spires
Pictured with Sky Hale, Arboretum Staff

Adopt a Plot Award Winner
Susan and Darryl Keltz

Dawn Bazner, Dabney Parker, Nancy McNally,
Zinnah Caluag and Jessica Nicholson
 2019 Friends of The Arboretum, Executive Committee (Board Officers)

When we are able to hold our Open House, you will:

  • Learn from Arboretum staff about all of our 2020 volunteer opportunities
  • Sign up for the areas that interest you
  • Read (and retain) our Volunteer Agreement (available at the link below)
  • Complete a Volunteer Waiver/Emergency Contact form (available at the link below)

New and returning volunteers are welcomed and encouraged to attend our Annual Opeh House. New volunteers are required to attend either the Open House or one of our monthly Volunteer Opportunities Updates. Those updates will take place on:

  • April 25 (12:30 to 1 pm) CANCELLED
  • May 9 (9:30 to 10 am) CANCELLED
  • June 13 (12:30 to 1 pm)
  • July 18 (9:30 to 10 am)

All volunteers (new and returning) must read and retain our Volunteer Agreement Form each calendar year AND complete a Volunteer Waiver and Emergency Contact Form. Both are available here:

If you have questions about this information, please contact us at Arboretum@uky.edu.

Every year, hundreds of volunteers contribute thousands of hours to help The Arboretum. Volunteers help staff in many ways and in many areas including the Rose Garden, Walk Across Kentucky Native Plant Collection and the Kentucky Children's Garden.

If you have questions, please contact us at (859) 257-6955 or send an email to our general Arboretum email address: Arboretum@uky.edu

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