Branching Out

A Celebration of 20 Years of Reforest the Bluegrass

Lexington is partnering with community groups, neighborhoods, schools and local businesses to plant trees at 20 sites. Our vision is to plant established trees on smaller sites that are not suitable for a traditional Reforest the Bluegrass event. Branching Out planting areas will be located throughout Lexington, with high need areas given priority.

Since 1999, Reforest the Bluegrass has brought hundreds of volunteers together to plant thousands of trees on one day in April. Over the program’s history, an estimated 15,500 volunteers have planted 136,000 trees.

We want to celebrate 20 years by expanding that effort to include 20 planting events. The Branching Out program will plant significant trees that range in cost from $80 – $200. These large trees will have an immediate and lasting impact. 

Map of planting sites

Planting events

Tree Hop
Saturday, November 2, 2019
1 – 8 p.m.
Various sites (see schedule below)

The final planting event for Branching Out is coming up this fall! Guaranteed to be a day logged with celebration, participants will have a chance to plant native trees. A wrap-up party, hosted at West 6th Brewing, will celebrate the achievements and sponsorship behind Branching Out.

1 p.m.               Round 1 tree plantings
                         2048 Deauville Dr.
                        1816 Versailles Rd.

3 p.m.              Round 2 tree plantings
                        621 Parkside
                        Wolf Run Park (1616 Maywick View Lane)

5 p.m.              Round 3 tree plantings
                        Coolavin Park (550 West 6th St.)     

6 – 8 p.m.        Wrap-up Celebration at West Sixth Brewery (501 West 6th St.)

Past planting events were held at:

William Wells Brown Elementary
Tates Creek Elem School
Frederick Douglass High School
Crawford Middle School
Clay's Mill Elementary School
Yates Elementary
Hisle Park Farm
University of Kentucky
Masterson Station Park
Preston’s Cave Springs 
Cane Run Greenway 
Meadowbrook Park
Beaumont Park
McConnell Springs


John's Run/Walk Shop
Kentucky American Water
University of Kentucky
Sierra Club: Bluegrass Group, Cumberland Chapter