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” 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.
We appreciate your attention to these details. By following these guidelines, it will ensure a wonderful exhibit for staff and artists. Thank you.
Winter 2015 Newsletter
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.
Programs meet at the Visitor Center
unless otherwise noted.
Beginning Flower Arranging
January 14, 10 a.m. – noon
Instructor Jessica Bell Nicholson will demonstrate basic techniques of flower arranging. Fee covers all materials you will need EXCEPT clippers or scissors.
Cost: $30/$25 Friends. There is a class limit of 15
January 22, 10 a.m. - noon
Join Jesse Dahl to learn how to grow a terrarium and make one of your own to take home. Containers will be provided, but you are welcome to bring a small (less than 4” wide) container of your own. Cost: $15/$13 Friends. There is a class limit of 15
Intermediate Flower Arranging
January 28, 10 a.m. – noon
This class is for those who have mastered basic techniques and want to advance their flower arranging skills. Fee covers all materials that you will need, EXCEPT clippers or scissors. Cost: $30/$25 Friends. There is a class limit of 15
Building a Rain Garden*
February 10, at 10 a.m.
We will address rain garden functions, design elements, appropriate plants, and how to maintain it once it is constructed. Rain gardens are an effective way for homeowners to manage storm water runoff and enjoy the benefits of plants that are well-suited for these conditions. Free
Founders Lecture Series
February 11, at 7 p.m.
"Belvidere: Evolution of a Plantsman's Garden"
with Andrew Bunting, Curator, Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College at UK'S Gluck Equine Center
Andrew Bunting has worked at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College for 25 years. He also owns Fine Garden Creations, a garden design company.
His beautiful home garden, Belvidere, has been featured in This Old House magazine and the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of over 100 articles for a variety of gardening publications. General $5; FOA & Students with I.D. Free
Green Lawn Care*
February 19, at 3 p.m.
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
Glories of the Garden Art Exhibit
February 23 - March 15
Exhibit is open to the public during regular Visitor Center Hours of Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00.
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
Glories of the Garden Artists’ Reception
March 15, 2p-4p
Come meet the talented artists who were selected to exhibit their pieces during the 2015 Glories of the Garden Art Exhibit. Free, Registration NOT required.
Green Lawn Care*
March 17, at 10 a.m.
Same as February 19. 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.
2015 Children’s Winter Programs
Children’s winter programs will meet at the Visitor Center. Please be sure to dress for the weather; we plan to go outside. For more information call Emma at 859-257-9339 or Please email:
Celebrate the Winter Solstice
December 21, from 2 - 4 p.m.(No pre-reg.)
Join us at the Visitor Center to celebrate the shortest day of the year! We will decorate trees with food for the birds, make luminarias, and warm up inside with hot apple cider. Dress for the weather. Cost: $1
New Zealand Adventure
January 15, 5 -6:30p.m.
January 24, 10-11:30 a.m.
Make plans now to join Emma for a fun-filled family activity featuring New Zealand-based icons. Learn about plants and animals native to New Zealand and make some crafts to take home. We will also explore New Zealand culture with song and dance. Cost: $1
Little Sprouts (Ages 2-5yrs)
Wednesdays in March, 10a
Pre-registration required. Please email:
Cost $3 per class
We plan to go outside so please dress for the weather
March 4 - Roots, Fruits and Shoots
Explore different parts of the plant you eat, plant peas in the KCG, and make veggie stamp art.
March 11 - Trees for Me
Discover the differences between evergreen and deciduous trees, go on a hike looking for leaf buds on trees, paint with evergreen needles, and make tree silhouettes.
March 18 – Animal Friends
Ever wonder which animals live at The Arboretum? Go on a hike looking for signs of animals, look at animal tracks, touch animal pelts, and create a creature to take home.
March 25 - Party for the Planet
Make a recycled craft, plant a tree in the Kentucky Children’s Garden, and learn what we can do to care for the planet.