March 14, 2016 | By: Carol Lea Spence

It’s time to Party for the Planet, a celebration of Earth Month at The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky. This year’s party, Celebrating the Past, PLANting the Future, gets a head start in March, with a mini event March 29. The party culminates April 30 with Arbor Day festivities. In between, The Arboretum will partner with William Wells Brown Elementary School for an educational event for their students.

With the support of presenting sponsor Kentucky Utilities, the annual party offers special activities focused on environmental topics and is designed to bring adults and children closer to the wonders of trees and nature.

“As the trees burst into leaf and flower, we want to celebrate spring’s arrival. And one day isn’t enough to share our love of trees,” said Molly Davis, The Arboretum director. “We are indebted to our trees. They produce oxygen, clean the soil and the air, and capture carbon dioxide. We hope our Party for the Planet guests will go home from our events knowing more about their own history, how to incorporate trees into their lives, how to select the best species and how to plant and care for them.”

The March 29 event, Celebrating the Past, will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. EDT in the Cumberland Mountains and Appalachian Plateau regions of The Arboretum’s Walk Across Kentucky. The area is visible to the right as you face the visitor’s center from the main parking lot. Folks in frontier garb will demonstrate spinning, firestarting, butter-churning and frontier toys and games. Markers along the Walk Across Kentucky explain the geology and flora of the area.

Exhibits will also include hands-on displays of fossils and animal pelts.

In case of rain, exhibits will move inside the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center.

The Arboretum began in 1991 as a joint effort between the University of Kentucky and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. It is located next to UK’s campus at 500 Alumni Drive and offers more than 100 acres of trails, waterways, native trees, a children’s garden and exhibits. For more information about activities and seminars during Party for the Planet, visit The Arboretum website,


Molly Davis, 859-257-6955

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