University of Kentucky College of Agriculture


The Arboretum




I am pleased to announce that Molly Davis has accepted my offer to serve as the next Director of the Arboretum.  Molly will formally begin her service on January 1, 2014.  Molly is a Lexington native and a graduate of Landscape Architecture in our College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.  She has served as both a research assistant and adjunct faculty in LA.   Most recently she has been Senior Supervising Landscape Architect with Parsons Brinkerhoff in Lexington. Molly emerged from an inclusive national search with enthusiastic support from the diverse stakeholders of the Arboretum.  She succeeds Marcia Farris who will retire in 2014 after the transition in leadership.  Marcia served with distinction and remarkable success and I join her many, many supporters in the community who are deeply grateful for her leadership, unsurpassed dedication, and impact. The Arboretum has made remarkable progress over a relatively short lifetime.  This has been the result of outstanding leadership and exceptional community support.  With the appointment of Molly Davis as the next Director, we are now very well positioned to continue the advancement of the Arboretum to new levels.
I am sure that those of us who value the Arboretum as both as an academic, educational, environmental and aesthetic asset will find an opportunity to express our appreciation to Marcia as we welcome Molly Davis to this important leadership position.


Scott Smith
College of Agriculture, Food and Environment


Welcome to The Arboretum

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The Arboretum began in 1991 and is continuing to boast 100 acres of year-round color and plants. Stresses melt away among the 100 acres of marvelous sights and sounds of our gardens. Once you are there, you feel like you have escaped to a paradise. It is a delightful surprise to visitors from around the world and even in our own city. Young and older alike enjoy year-round activities for the entire family.

The Arboretum was created in 1991 as a joint effort between the University of Kentucky and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.


The Mission of The Arboretum showcases Kentucky landscapes and serves as a resource center for environmental and horticultural education, research and conservation.

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FYI- Due to federal safety guidelines, The Arboretum no longer allows bicycles along the Walk Across Kentucky Path.* We appreciate your assistance in this matter.


Please note that during inclement weather the paths are NOT cleared off. Use at your own risk. If the University of Kentucky is closed or on a delay, the Visitor Center will be also.


*You are still allowed to ride your bike using the connector path from the Bellefonte Neighborhood to our parking lot, down the entrance drive to connect to campus.