University of Kentucky College of Agriculture



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)



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

call 859-257-6955 or

Programs meet at the Visitor Center
unless otherwise noted.


Visit the Kentucky Children's Garden page for hours and activities.


Summer 2014




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


Backyard Grains

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.