AAS Display Garden Feature
500 Alumni Drive, Lexington, KY 40503
The Arboretum, 100 acres of preserved green space located in the center of Lexington, was created in 1991 as a joint effort between the University of Kentucky and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government in cooperation with the Friends of the Arboretum, a non-profit, member supported organization. The Arboretum serves as a community center for environmental education, horticulture, urban forestry renewal, and urban sanctuary.
Named in March 2000 the “Official State Botanical Garden for the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” the main attractions include The Walk Across Kentucky, the Kentucky Children’s Garden, The Rose Garden, and The Home Demonstration Garden.
The 4-acre Home Demonstration Garden, home to the All-America Selections Display Garden and AAS Trials, also includes a water garden, herb garden, vegetable plots, perennial garden, butterfly garden, annual flowers, and fountains with sculptures. The purpose of the HDG, one of the first features of The Arboretum to be developed in the early 1990’s, is to demonstrate appropriate plants for inclusion in home landscapes in Kentucky.
An AAS Display Garden since 2001, their award winning 2013 AAS Display Garden featured flowers and vegetables intermingled to demonstrate the aesthetic qualities of vegetables and for that “wow” while walking through the garden. The attractive garden was designed in a series of twelve spoke-shaped beds for growing the All America Selections Trials and AAS Winners. Docents provided tours of the garden to numerous master garden groups, garden clubs and church groups. The overall “spoke” design of the Home Demonstration Garden and accompanying brochure were very helpful in explaining the garden and All-America Selections to their visitors.
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