During the month of October, the Lexington chapter of Wild Ones traditionally partners with the Urban Forest Initiative (UFI) to support


Tree Week hosts a series of diverse tree-related events from Friday Oct. 9 to Sunday, Oct. 15. We are publicizing 4 events, two offered by our chapter and two offered by Wild Ones members. Click on the event titles below to bring up the Tree Week link to that event.


Friday, Oct. 6, 1 to 2 pm

Veterans Park Tree Project Second Year Birthday Party for Kids on Fall Break

Wild Ones member Linda Klink hosts this tree-tagging event to celebrate the success of her neighborhood’s tree planting effort in 2021. The young trees growing in this future woodland are very diverse; almost 30 different species are represented. So, putting name tags on them is a great way to learn the names and characteristic of our Bluegrass trees. Both children and adults are welcome to participate.

1001 Watermill Lane

Walk down the driveway on the right side of the house to access the area where 120 trees are waiting for their name tags.


Saturday, Oct. 7, 3-5 pm

Trees Returning to the Bluegrass

The Lexington Wild Ones Chapter hosts a leisurely tree walk at Hisle Park. Most of Hisle Park is managed to remain open prairie, but some areas have been allowed to grow into woodlands or savanna. We will talk about the trees that are spontaneously emerging in the park and also look at some very large old trees that have survived decades, if not a century or more, of farming on this land. For the last 3 years, a group of Wild Ones volunteers has removed invasive plants from woody sites at Hisle Park. We will discuss those efforts and the successes we have achieved. Beate Popkin is the leader for this walk.

3551 Briar Hill Road

There is a sign at the park entrance. Drive through the gate and follow the driveway to the parking lot in front of a large barn.


Sunday, Oct. 8, 5-6:30 pm

Come See how a Barren Field Has Transformed into a Forest Ecosystem

Wild Ones member Ann Whitney Garner will lead a tour on her 20-acre property where about 10,000 trees have been planted over the last 16 years to create wildlife habitat in the midst of horse farm country.

This is a fascinating site well worth visiting at this moment in the young forest’s development. Most of the trees on this property are oaks, and they took very well to our inner Bluegrass soils.  They have grown handsomely and now pose management question which are likely to come up for discussion during the tour: should the trees be thinned or left to thin themselves? How does one best manage the layer of plants underneath them, and how does one keep invasive plants at bay.

3374 Briar Hill Road

Drive through the open gate and follow the driveway to the house.


Wednesday, Oct. 11, 4-6 pm

Choosing Trees that Your Whole Family Will Love

The Lexington Wild Ones chapter hosts a family-friendly event at Wellington Park. So, you have decided to plant a new tree on your property. But what constitutes a good tree for your garden and for all the people who spend time there? The decision should probably not be left up to your landscaper. This leisurely tree walk at Wellington Park discusses the trees that grow well in the inner Bluegrass and are commonly planted in front and back yards.

565 Wellington Way

Meet at the picnic shelter. Lee Meyer and Nic Williamson will lead this event.



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