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)




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.










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



Scarecrow Art

Everyone is encouraged to enter including: families, individuals, school groups, youth groups, businesses, etc.  There will be two awards given, one for People’s Choice Award and one for Staff Choice Award. Entry forms are due September 26.



Bring your scarecrows to The Arboretum on September 29 between 9:00-4:00. All Scarecrows must be weather worthy.  Please keep in mind that these will be viewed by young children.  The Arboretum will provide the post but request that you place your scarecrow.  Please make sure that your scarecrow is securely fastened to the pole with rope or wire and has a cross brace for support (if needed).

Scarecrows must be removed on November 1 between 9a- 4p. 

The Scarecrow Parade will run from Oct.1- Oct.31.

Entry Form


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.

Have you ever talked to an owl,  a spider, a bat or butterfly? This is your chance! At The Arboretum’s annual Trees, Trails and Creatures, event Sunday, October 12, volunteers dressed in amazing costumes will share fun facts about the animals they represent, as parents and children tour the KCG to meet them.

In addition to the creatures, there will be fun hands-on activities including apple tasting, pumpkin decorating, leaf printing, a sing-along, and more. This year we will offer a pilot project incorporating technology into the event, so bring your smart phone with a QR code reader for extra fun! Cost is $3 per person.


Third Thursday WAKY Walks

Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. Oct. 16,  & Nov. 20

Pre-registration not required. FREE



"A CAT's Tale"

Friday, October 17 2p-5p

Saturday, October 18 10a-5p

Join us for “A CAT’s Tale” Literacy Festival as UK student groups bring children’s books to life!  CATS's Tale LogoWander the trail in your favorite storybook costume and visit the activity centers designed to create an enthusiasm for reading for children 2-12 years old.   The Festival opens to the public at 2:00 pm, October 17 and will be open 10 am – 5 pm Saturday, October 18.   Admission: $5.00 per child and one adult per child is FREE.  Proceeds benefit Child Advocacy Today Legal Clinic. Visit Child Advocacy Today for more information or to purchase tickets.


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.