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

Nancy McNally, President
Dawn Bazner, Vice President
Dabney Parker, Treasurer
Stacie Turner, Secretary
John Hartman, Past President

Zinnah Caluag
Berle Clay
Susan Daole
Charlotte Haney
Louis Hillenmeyer
Teresa Kennedy McReynolds
Karen Miner
Janet Raider
David Stevens
Linda Svec


Ex-officio Board Members:
Molly Davis
Bob Houtz (U.K. Horticulture Chair)


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