University of Kentucky College of Agriculture



Molly Davis, Director
(859) 257-6955

Jesse Dahl, Horticulturist
(859) 257-6955


Todd Rounsaville

Native Plant Curator

(859) 257-9339

Dayna Baston, Administrative Assistant
(859) 257-6955


Emma Trester-Wilson, KCG Education Coordinator

(859) 257-9339


Friends of The Arboretum Board of Directors

John Hartman, President
Jessica Nicholson, Vice President
Sally Turney, Treasurer
Stacie Turner, Secretary
Donald Sands, Past President
Dawn Bazner                      
Joe Clancy

Molly Davis
Renie Fink                           
Louis Hillenmeyer              
Robert Houtz
Nancy McNally                    
Karen Miner

Sharon Ross             
David Stevens                     
Linda Svec                            ‎



Our volunteers are what make us bloom. The Arboretum is proud to have over 280 volunteers, who like our perennials, return year after year.


entrance walkway

Our History, Mission & Future


The Arboretum began in 1991 as a joint effort between the University of Kentucky and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.
In March 2000, The Arboretum was named the “Official State Botanical Garden for the Commonwealth of Kentucky”.

Mission Statement
The Arboretum celebrates:

Long-Range Planning and Needs

Long range plans include continued development of The Walk Across Kentucky and development of The Kentucky Children’s Garden.

This growth will occur as funds are available. If you are interested in participating in the future of The Arboretum, please contact The Arboretum



Strategic Plan Information: Strategic Plan 2013.docx