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 Mission of The Arboretum showcases Kentucky landscapes and serves as a resource center for environmental and horticultural education, research and conservation.
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.
500 Alumni Drive
Lexington, KY 40503
The gardens are open from dawn until dusk each day with the exception of Home University of Kentucky Football Games and the Gala in the Garden. General Garden admission is free. There is an admission for the Kentucky Children's Garden.
The Dorotha Smith Oatts
Open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Grounds are open daily, dawn till dusk (There is a porta-potty available in the parking lot)