Volunteer Tuesdays & 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 Tuesdays (weather permitting): you can work with Jesse Dahl, Arboretum Horticulturist, on tasks near the Visitor Center, in the Rose Garden, and in the Home Demonstration Garden.
On Thursdays (weather permitting): you can work with Todd Rounsaville, Curator of Native Plants, on tasks on the Walk Across Kentucky. If you want to volunteer, please consider these opportunities. FREE (Pre-registration not required)
Programs meet at the Visitor Center
unless otherwise noted.
Visit the Kentucky Children's Garden page for hours and activities.
Gala in the Garden
Sunday, September 14, 4 - 7 p.m.
The Friends of The Arboretum cordially invite you to the 10th Annual Gala in the Garden to benefit development of Phase 2 of the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center and the Woodland Shade Garden. Join us for delicious hors d'oeuvres by Bayou Bluegrass Catering, delectable desserts by Martine's Pastries, adult beverages and an intriguing Silent Auction. Live music by Aaron Ferral (3:30-4:30PM) and the Dixie Group (4:30-7:00PM) will ensure a good time is enjoyed by all!
Admission: $60/person; $35/person under 35 years of age. Call (859) 257-6955 for more information.
Use of Urban Forests to Improve Water Quality: Ecological Engineering (Part II)*
Thursday, September 18, 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Instructor: Todd Rounsaville
This workshop will guide participants through the roles trees play in urban forests, using The Arboretum Woods as a living example. We will address the benefits our urban trees provide to reduce sedimentation and stream bank erosion and to improve water quality with a focus on selecting, planting, establishing, and maintaining trees in urban forests and riparian areas. FREE
Third Thursday WAKY Walks
Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. Oct. 16, & Nov. 20
Pre-registration not required. FREE
Thursday, September 25, 11 a.m. - 12 noon
Instructor: Jesse Dahl, Horticulturist
There is nothing better than freshly baked bread except growing the grain yourself and processing it into flour! Many grains can easily be grown in your own backyard as cover crops or ornamental plants. This class will feature a display of grains grown this year at The Arboretum. It will also include threshing and preparation of grains for cooking or baking. Participants take home a pound of winter wheat or winter rye seed to plant. This amount of seed requires about 100 square feet of space and should yield 5-6 loaves of bread. Cost: $4/Friends $2.
Green Lawn Care Practices*
Tuesday, October 7, 10 – 11 a.m.
This workshop includes an overview of sustainable lawn care practices including determining soil fertilization requirements via soil testing, proper fertilizer handling and application, proper herbicide handling and application, use of mulching mowers to reduce yard waste, and engaging in practices that provide for human, pet and wildlife well-being. FREE
Trees, Trails and Creatures
Sunday, October 12, 1 - 3 p.m. Cost $3.
Use of Urban Forests to Improve Water Quality*
Tuesday, October 21, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, November 18 3 p.m.
Instructor: Todd Rounsaville, Curator of Native Plants
This workshop will illustrate the benefits derived from trees and the role trees play in improving water quality. We will cover the selection of tree species appropriate for Fayette Co., proper tree planting and maintenance techniques, and discuss the recently completed Urban Tree Canopy study and prioritized planting plan for Lexington. FREE
*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.
Fall Plant Exchange
Sat.. October 18, 10– 11a
Plants and garden items are to be delivered beginning at 9 a.m. Please label your plants! The exchange begins promptly at 10 a.m. Cost: $2/Friends of The Arboretum FREE. Pre-registration not required.
Gardeners Fall Lecture: Plant Hunting: Amazing New Plants
& How We Get Them
Speaker: Marshall Dirks of Proven Winners
Tuesday, October 23, 7 p.m.
Gluck Equine Research Center
Cost: General Public: $10, Students with ID $5, Friends & Fayette Co. Master Gardeners FREE
Coffee Morning with the Director
Saturday, November 15, 10a.
Garden Clubs in Fayette Co. area are invited to share coffee and morning snacks at an informal gathering with the Director of The Arboretum. This occasion will provide a chance to meet the Director and others who eagerly await the arrival of a new year of gardening! Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 20 with the number from your group who plan to attend so we can plan accordingly. FREE
Restoring Riparian Areas Along Streams*
Tuesday, December 2, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Amanda Gumbert, UK Extension Water Quality 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 Rd. and Alumni Dr. and discuss the concepts underlying the benefits of riparian buffers, selection of native plants, techniques for clearing invasive plants, and proper planting and maintenance. FREE
Friday, December 5, 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Join Jesse Dahl to create wreaths, swags, and garlands to decorate The Arboretum during the winter months. Participants in this class will receive materials and direction to create a unique wreath of their own. Cost: $20/$18 Friends. Class limit 10 so
pre-registration is essential.
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.