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.













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

call 859-257-6955 or

Programs meet at the Visitor Center
unless otherwise noted.


Summer 2014


Fall 2014




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 by October 20 with the number from your group who plan to attend so we can plan accordingly. FREE






Use of Urban Forests to Improve Water Quality*
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.