Plants, mankind’s greatest enemy, are finally on the ropes thanks to global warming. Teach your children how to hunt the last of these enormous nitrogen junkies by observing them in captivity with today's Groupon: for $12, you get a one-year individual membership to The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky (a $25 value).
The Arboretum maintains more than 100 acres of idyllic landscapes, year-round plantings, and educational exhibits. While admission to the garden is free, members receive a subscription to the quarterly newsletter, 10% off regularly priced items at garden centers, members-only events, free or discounted admission to arboretum programs, and more. Earthy enthusiasts can stroll through the perennial, fragrance, herb, and rose gardens, gazing at sunny petals and sniffing scintillating aromas. The Walk Across Kentucky collection boasts two miles of native plant life, illuminating the wild beauty of seven in-state physiographic regions while saving guests the approximately 166 hours required to actually walk across Kentucky. The freshly planted 1.85 acre Children's Garden exposes green thumbs aged 2–10 to the wonders of nature and the basic principles of environmental stewardship (extra admission fee for the children's garden). The gardens bloom for visitors to behold from dawn until dusk every day of the year.
The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky
More than 100 plant-populated acres unfold behind the stone-fence entrance to The Arboretum, showing off ever-changing seasonal landscapes to visitors 365 days a year. Passing breezes dance over grassy fields and stir up aromas of 1,500 rosebush varieties as visitors meander past the gazebo and fishpond en route to the 1.85-acre Kentucky Children’s Garden, a hands-on, educational environment for 2- to 10-year-old horticulturists. After exploring the wetlands and fountains or checking out art exhibitions, gardening seminars, and other special events, visitors can set out on the two-mile Walk Across Kentucky, a paved botanical excursion through the seven native regions of the state, including the Appalachian Plateau and wild fried-chicken habitats.