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The Wallis Arboretum is considered one of the finest old tree collections in Central Kentucky. The Wallis Arboretum provides an educational facility and environment where all may find beauty and a better understanding of the world around us. The first trees were planted in the mid-1850’s at a time when having the newest tree introduction was a status symbol. The majority of the planting was under the direction of Nannine Clay Wallis for whom the Arboretum was named. Mrs. Wallis was one of the founders of The Garden Club of Kentucky. Later, she was its president as well as that of The National Council of State Garden Clubs. Under the direction of The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc. and The Wallis Arboretum, the tradition continues today with the planting of the newest varieties and preserving the old.

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The Nannine Clay Wallis Arboretum & House offers a peaceful setting for special functions and is available to rent.The Wallis Arboretum and State Headquarters is owned and operated by The Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc. as a non-profit public educational, horticultural and charitable organization.

For more information and/or reservations call: 859-987-6158

If you would like to be a Friend of The Nannine Clay Wallis Arboretum, membership is as follows:

            • Individual $25
            • Family $35
            • Contributor/ Organization $50
            • Supporter $100
            • Patron $500
            • Benefactor $1000


Make check payable to The Garden Club of Kentucky and mail to:
Kay Fisher, GCKY State Treasurer
1905 Port Royal Court
Lexington, KY 40504.

The Arboretum is open to the public, sunrise to sunset, free of charge.

For guided tours call: 859-987-6158

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