University of Kentucky College of Agriculture




‘Returned to The Arboretum’ Exhibit & Silent Auction
Bluegrass Area Woodturners
Weekdays, June 16 - July 18, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Bluegrass Area Woodturners return to The Arboretum for an exhibit, demonstration, and silent auction of their art. The month-long exhibit showcases original woodturned items created from naturally downed trees harvested from The Arboretum. Throughout the month you can visit the exhibit at the Visitor Center and bid on the beautifully crafted pieces. Winners will be announced on July 18. The Arboretum and Bluegrass Area Wood-turners share in proceeds from the auction. Come to the reception, Saturday, June 28, 10 a.m. - noon, to meet and observe wood-turners as they demonstrate their art. Free


Third Thursday WAKY Walks
Thursdays, June 19, July 17, August 21, and September 18,
12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Instructor: Todd Rounsaville, Curator of Native Plants & Walk Across Kentucky
This new monthly event will feature a different part of the Walk Across Kentucky. Todd will select an area for each guided walk that will help you to better understand the plants and physical features that you see in The Arboretum. Free





The Arboretum Calendar and Events
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Programs meet at the Visitor Center
unless otherwise noted.


Summer 2014



Restoring Riparian Areas Along Streams*
Thursday, July 24, 4 - 6 p.m. (Rain date: August 4)
Instructor: Amanda Gumbert, UK Water Quality Extension Specialist
Riparian buffers offer a number of ecosystem benefits related to water quality, stream bank stabilization, and habitat. During this workshop we will tour the riparian area near Nicholasville Road and Alumni Drive, and discuss the concepts underlying the benefits of riparian buffers, selection of native plants, techniques for clearing invasive plants, and proper planting and maintenance practices. Free


Building a Rain Garden*
Thursday, July 31, 4 - 5 p.m.
Instructor: Jesse Dahl
Rain gardens are an effective way for homeowners to manage storm water runoff and enjoy the benefits of plants that are well-suited for these conditions. This workshop will provide information for homeowners to use to build a rain garden and will showcase the rain garden near the Visitor Center. Free


Unusual & Forgotten Vegetables
Thursday, August 7,  10 - 11 a.m.
Instructor: Jesse Dahl, Horticulturist
Have you heard of bitter melon or tasted a rutabaga? This summer’s Chef’s Garden highlights unusual and forgotten vegetables. We will look at some of the most interesting vegetables grown here, learn their history and how they can be used. Participants in the class will take home some vegetables with recipes to try in their own kitchens. Cost: $4/Friends $2


8th Annual Tomato Festival
August 10, 1 - 4 p.m.

$4-adult,  $2-Friends & ages 3-12,  2 & under free

Nothing says summer like fresh, ripe tomatoes. On August 10 you’ll get to taste your fill at the 8th Annual Tomato Festival at The Arboretum. Come prepared to sample an amazing variety of locally grown tomatoes. Enjoy free tomato-based hors d’oeuvres created and prepared by local chefs.

Whether you are a tomato lover or not, there will be plenty of activities for the whole family. Kids will enjoy games and face painting, and they can create their own Mr. or Ms. Tomato Head. Adults can attend informational presentations and demonstrations by experts and take a tour the Gardens. Don’t miss this ever-popular event.


Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the Tomato Festival, please contact The Arboretum at 859-257-6955. We need lots of tomato-cutting!


*Funding for this FREE workshop is provided by Lexington’s Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works and is offered in collaboration with the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.