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.)




Winter 2015 Newsletter





Arbor Day 2015

Exhibitor Information

The Arboretum is making plans for the 24th celebration of Arbor Day at The Arboretum and we hope you are, too! This year’s celebration will take place Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Leave a Legacy – Kentucky’s Past, Present & Future’ and will highlight the natural history of Kentucky. Please refer to the forms below if you are interested in becoming an exhibitor.


Arbor Day 2015 Exhibitor Registration Form (FINAL)


Arbor Day 2015 Tree Giveaway Form (FINAL)


Party for The Planet Exhibitor Registration Form (FINAL)

















The Arboretum is closed on days of UK home football games. The Visitor Center is closed for holidays when UK is closed.







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

call 859-257-6955 or

Programs meet at the Visitor Center
unless otherwise noted.




Glories of the Garden Art Exhibit and Reception



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



Green Lawn Care*
March 5, at 2 p.m.
(This is the rescheduled date from 2/19 because of weather.)
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




Green Lawn Care*
March 17, at 10 a.m.
Same as March 5.  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.