In 2018, Ashland was proud to receive Arboretum status for the first time. We are home to 580 trees which provide an urban green space for Lexington citizens to enjoy year-round. However, maintaining these trees is no small feat. Each year we select trees that need the most maintenance and tag them for adoption by the community. By adopting a tree, you pay for its maintenance for the year and ensure that it thrives at Ashland for years to come.

To Adopt-A-Tree

  1. Choose Your Tree–Come to Ashland and pick out your tree from those tagged with the colored bands or choose from the list below if you can’t make it in person.
  2. Tear off Tag–Trees have tags in plastic bags showing the tree number and species. When you’ve chosen your tree, open the bag and tear off the bottom portion of the tag to be returned with your payment. Leave the top portion in the bag.
  3. Payment Options–During normal business hours, bring your tag and your payment to the Museum Store in the cottage. Outside of business hours, you can mail in a check made out to HCMF to 120 Sycamore Rd., Lexington, KY 40502. Please include the tag with your payment. You can also pay using the PayPal link below. If using PayPal, please enter the tree number and species in the special instructions to the seller box.


We hope you can come explore the grounds soon, pick out a tree to adopt, and make a difference at Ashland!

$200 Trees–Green Ribbons

All adopted!

$300 Trees–Orange Ribbons

All adopted!

$500 Trees–Pink Ribbons

All adopted!

$700 Trees–Pink & Green Ribbons

All adopted!


FL- Fincastle Lawn

WL- Woodspoint Lawn

HG- Historic Garden

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