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A Visit to the Kentucky Arboretum

I finally have a day to post the last of my visit to Lexington, Kentucky.  The State Botanical Garden of Kentucky is located on the University of Kentucky campus Arboretum and is open on weekdays.  It has a 2-mile paved walking path that I enjoyed early one morning to try to avoid the heat of the day.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

The Arboretum has eight regions representing the different ecological areas of Kentucky including Appalachian Plateau, Bluegrass, mountain and wetlands areas, with woods containing 70 different varieties of oak trees.  This map shows just one of the garden areas, this one dedicated to the home garden.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Here and there are lovely fountains and sculptures.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

I didn’t see what kind of flower this one was, but you know I love white flowers.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

This was part of the home demonstration area too, showing container gardening and bed planting.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

The Knot Garden has plantings to appear like knots.  What a fun idea for a circular bed.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Beautiful purple flowers were attracting the pollinators.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Several areas have benches and peaceful views to relax, like this little pond with fish and a babbling stream.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Hibiscus flowers were in full bloom in several colors.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Out on the paved section around the back side, there were a number of unpaved paths taking short strolls to get closer views of the oak trees and other trees.

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Wildlife was taking advantage of the warm day, like this little rabbit nibbling on the grass.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Cottage roses, grasses and lavendar in the back made for a sweet fragrant walk in this garden.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

This sculpture was really captivating.  It was a memorial sculpture for Comair Flight #5191 victims, where 49 people were killed in August 2006 when their plane crashed on take off at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington. (Thank you, Ramona for the correction.)  The birds seem to be in full flight, and turning.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Walking around the sculpture, the view changed with each step.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

White hibiscus bloomed along a stone wall.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Wetlands near the back corner of the property had a raised walkway with displays to tell the visitor about the region and the plants. The ecological impact of wetlands is important to the planet and there was much to see here.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Interesting colors in foliage set off more greenery and hydrangeas, as I made my way back toward the entrance.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Stunning pink color on these hydrangeas!

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

This area is plant testing for garden centers, I’ll bet some of these varieties make it into most home gardens.  I know I recognized some marigolds, petunias and impatiens that I have had before.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Candy striped petunias are being tested for future seed offerings.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Pink and orange varieties  of zinnias are blooming well.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Canna Orange Shade is a such vibrant color!  Looks like fall doesn’t it?

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

The Arboretum has the Stout Daylily Collection, an entire garden of award winning daylilies covering years.  The Stout Silver Medal is the highest award given to the daylily hybrid, and only one award is given each year.  The exhibit includes winners going back to 1950, with about half of the winning cultivars represented.  The Arboretum is looking for the years they are missing.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

This lovely purple and yellow striped one was blooming profusely.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

This is the first double bloom daylily I have ever seen.  I don’t know what its name was.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Pollinators like this tiny butterfly were having a field day with all the blooms.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

This one was interesting in the shape of the petals and the variegated color.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

More places to sit and enjoy the day were on the path near the visitor center.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Red calibrachoa near the entrance, I had to get one last shot before leaving the arboretum.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

It was a lovely morning, but by the time I finished the two mile hike, the temperature and humidity were climbing.  So, off to get some cold water and a shower before hitting the bookstores and quilt shops I showed you last month.  I hope you enjoyed the tour!

How’s your garden now?

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