University of Kentucky College of Agriculture



Volunteer Thursdays, 10a.m.–12 noon
Volunteers are of tremendous importance in helping us maintain the collections at The Arboretum and add additional features and plantings in the garden areas and the Walk Across Kentucky.


On Thursdays (weather permitting): you can work with Todd Rounsaville, Curator of Native Plants, on tasks on the Walk Across Kentucky. FREE (Pre-registration not required, but please call if weather is questionable, 859-257-6955.)




Glories of the Garden

“Glories of the Garden” is our annual juried art exhibit to celebrate the world of plants found in The Arboretum and beyond.  Photographs, charcoal, water colors, oils, quilts, sculptures, woodworking or any other type of artwork, inspired by nature are welcome to be submitted. 

Artists must submit a 4 X 6 photo only of their entry to be juried, limit of two (2) pieces per artist. Each photo must be labeled on the back with your name and the title of the piece.  Entry fee is $5.00 per artist, not per piece.

Selected artwork will be displayed in the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center at The Arboretum from February 23-March 15, 2015.  Entry forms are due by January 16, 2015; accepted entrants will be announced January 22.



  • Do not send original pieces to be juried; only labeled 4 x 6 photos of your piece(s)
  • All accepted entries must be present the entire length of the exhibit. NO EARLY REMOVAL
  • Artwork must be picked up within two(2) work days of the pickup date
  • Artwork not picked up will become property of The Arboretum without compensation to the artist(s)
  • If you would like your 4x6 photos returned, please include a SASE with your entry
  • Artist(s) agree to pay 30% of their sale price to The Arboretum for the sale of their piece
  • All accepted entries must be suitable for hanging and must be submitted ready to hang with appropriate hardware
  • Juried selection is final

We appreciate your attention to these details.  By following these guidelines, it will ensure a wonderful exhibit for staff and artists.     Thank you.




Winter 2015 Newsletter




The Arboretum is closed on days of UK home football games. The Visitor Center is closed for the holidays when UK is closed: November 27-28 and December 25, 2014 through January 5, 2015.







The Arboretum Calendar and Events
Pre-registration required for classes;

call 859-257-6955 or

Programs meet at the Visitor Center
unless otherwise noted.



January 22, 10 a.m. - noon

Join Jesse Dahl to learn how to grow a terrarium and make one of your own to take home. Containers will be provided, but you are welcome to bring a small (less than 4” wide) container of your own.  Cost: $15/$13 Friends. There is a class limit of 15


Intermediate Flower Arranging
January 28, 10 a.m. – noon
This class is for those who have mastered basic techniques and want to advance their flower arranging skills. Fee covers all materials that you will need, EXCEPT clippers or scissors. Cost: $30/$25 Friends. There is a class limit of 15


Building a Rain Garden*
February 10, at 10 a.m.

We will address rain garden functions, design elements, appropriate plants, and how to maintain it once it is constructed. 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. Free


Founders Lecture Series
February 11, at 7 p.m.
"Belvidere: Evolution of a Plantsman's Garden"
with Andrew Bunting, Curator, Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College at UK'S Gluck Equine Center

Andrew Bunting has worked at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College for 25 years. He also owns Fine Garden Creations, a garden design company.

His beautiful home garden, Belvidere, has been featured in This Old House magazine and the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of over 100 articles for a variety of gardening publications. General $5; FOA & Students with I.D. Free


Green Lawn Care*
February 19, at 3 p.m.

Join Jesse Dahl to discuss how to make your lawn care practices more sustainable. Aspects of growing lawns such as fertilization, mowing practices, and turf species will be addressed. Free

Glories of the Garden Art Exhibit

February 23 - March 15

Exhibit is open to the public during regular Visitor Center Hours of Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00.


Going Green Landscaping*
March 3, at 4 p.m.

This class is designed for those who are starting a home landscape from scratch or redesigning an existing landscape. We will discuss grading, use of cisterns to retain storm water, building good soils for plants, putting the right plant in the right place, and best practices for growing trees, shrubs, and perennials, with the overall goal of creating a healthy, sustainable landscape.  Free


Glories of the Garden Artists’ Reception

March 15, 2p-4p

Come meet the talented artists who were selected to exhibit their pieces during the 2015 Glories of the Garden Art Exhibit. Free, Registration NOT required.


Green Lawn Care*
March 17, at 10 a.m.
Same as February 19.  Free


Founders Lecture Series

Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m.
“Early History of the Bluegrass”
M. Clare Sipple, Manager, Lower Howard’s Creek and Janice Clark, Executive Director, Jack Jouett House at UK'S Gluck Equine Center

Created in 2000, Lower Howard’s Creek Nature and Heritage Preserve consists of 240 acres of land on both sides of the creek upstream from its confluence with the Kentucky River. From the 1780s until the Civil War, this area was one of the largest manufacturing centers west of the Allegheny Mountains.

Captain John (Jack) Jouett, Jr. rode through the backwoods of Virginia to warn of the approaching British troops. His heroic act helped the American Revolution by preventing the capture of important political leaders. He migrated to the Bluegrass after the war where he played a role in the Kentucky statehood convention, served in the legislature, and became a prosperous planter and breeder.

General $5; FOA & Students with I.D. Free


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