Lexington Tree Week

The University of Kentucky’s fifth annual tree week is returning with a ton of fun and educational events around town.

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Tree Week in Lexington is an opportunity to celebrate the beauty of the Bluegrass region and learn something new. | Photo by UKphoto

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UK’s fifth annual Tree Week kicks off tomorrow, Sat., Oct. 8 + runs through Sun., Oct. 16.

Community events are taking place throughout the week that will give citizens the opportunity to get hands-on with educational experiencesthink guided hikes, plant identification courses, tree plantings + more.

Need to know:

  • The Urban Forest Initiative is the host + sponsor of Tree Week, but they aren’t the organizers of every event.
  • Events are hosted by citizens + community groups.
  • “This is a community-created week,” said Mary Arthur, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Forestry at UK. “We create the umbrella for everyone to host events + help get the word out.”
  • Feeling inspired? Sign up to host your own event next year.


The week actually kicks off tonight with a signature tree-planting event at Kirklevington Park. Here are the details:

  • 2022 Tree Week Kick-off Event | Fri., Oct. 7 | 5:30 p.m. | Kirklevington Park, 396 Redding Rd. | Free | Partake in planting a ceremonial tree + enjoy music from The Swells while dining from delicious food trucks.

Following the kick-off party, there are 50+ events taking place over the course of eight days. Take a look below at a few of our favorites:

  • Yoga under the Trees at Ashland | Sun., Oct. 9 | 11 a.m. | 120 Sycamore Rd. | Free | Join Lissa Sims for all-levels yoga under the trees — bring a mat and register in advance.
  • A Tour of Woodland Park | Tues., Oct. 11 | 4-6 p.m. | Woodland Park, 601 E High St. | Free | Botanist Rob Paratley highlights some of the park’s unusual tree selections.
  • Neighborhood Fall Festival | Sun., Oct. 16 | 2-4 p.m. | Waverly Park, 4244 Southmoor Park | Free | Take a self-guided tree walk and enjoy games + light snacks.

Check out the full lineup of events here.

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