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The Nannine Clay Wallis Arboretum

616 Pleasant Street
Paris, Kentucky

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

For guided tours call:



Please contact us for upcoming events


About the Arboretum

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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-1850s 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.

Rent the Arboretum

arboretum persim h1.25arboretumginko w1.5The 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

Be a Friend of the Arboretum

arboretum bigtree h1.25If 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:
Jan Worth, GCKY State Treasurer
2305 Shannon Road
Paris, KY 40361.