University of Kentucky College of Agriculture


The Arboretum




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.

*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.