LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Those who treasure the grounds of the Arboretum at Ashland in Lexington can show their appreciation on November 2nd at the Estate’s Annual Fall Clean-up Day.
“Our community of dog walkers, joggers, neighborhood associations, high school clubs, and corporate groups help keep our 17 acres healthy and beautiful,” said Jim Clark, Executive Director of the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation. “Besides mulching trails, removing limbs and clearing invasive species, this year volunteers can learn about our rare running buffalo clover.”
Kentucky Nature Preserves will be teaching about the federally endangerd Running Buffalo Clover that occurs on the property. Volunteers can help preserve this historic gem by removing the invasive species around it.
LFUCG’s Department of Public works will provide gardening supplies as part of its Keep Lexington Beautiful initiative, but volunteers are encouraged to wear work gloves and bring their favorite weeding tool.
Registration, coffee and Krispy Kreme donuts begin at 9:00am. At noon, volunteers will gather on the patio for Donato’s pizza.
This day also kicks off the Adopt-A-Tree program. With 580 trees in the Arboretum, some over 200 years old, treatment and pruning is essential.
“Each year our arborist assesses the health of our trees,” said Clark, “This tree maintenance results in far less damage when we’re hit with winter storms.”
Tree adoption gifts range from $200-$700, and donors receive a Certificate of Gratitude, which is a popular holiday or in memoriam gift.
A Map identifying which trees are available is coming soon on the Henry Clay website.
Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate is located at 120 Sycamore Road in Lexington. To make an Adopt-a-Tree pledge, call 859-266-8581 x 201.