Reforest the Bluegrass

Reforest the Bluegrass is Lexington's annual tree planting event. This year, there are two ways to participate.

  • Reforest at Home is available for residents who would like to pick up a tree seedling from one of our partners to plant in their own yard. 
  • Reforest on-site plantings are available for a limited number of volunteers who would like to plant trees in parks and greenways around town. Registration is required. Please see "Reforest on-site plantings" at the bottom of this page.

Reforest at Home

Through Reforest at Home event, free tree seedlings* will be available for Fayette County residents from noon on Friday through Sunday (first come, first served) at partner locations around Lexington on the following dates:

  • April 9 – 11
  • April 16 – 18
  • April 23 – 25

*A limit of three trees per household, in total across all dates. Please only take what you will plant and be considerate of others. 

Reforest at Home seedling pick-up locations:

  • Cabela's, 1510 Conservation Way
  • Good Foods Co-op, 455-D Southland Dr.
  • J & H Lanmark, 189 Moore Dr.
  • John's Run/Walk Shop – Ashland, 317 S. Ashland Ave.
  • John's Run/Walk Shop – Palomar, 3735 Palomar Centre Dr., Unit 140
  • L'Escalade Fitness, 916 N. Broadway
  • Wild Birds Unlimited, 152 N. Locust Hill Dr.


Map of pickup locations

Reforest at Home tree species schedule

April 16 – 18 (Week 2)

Tree Suitable for under utility lines (15 - 20' average mature height) Prefers partial shade Requires large growing room Produces a nut or fruit
Bur oak No No Yes Yes
Persimmon No No Yes Yes
Redbud Yes No No No
River birch No No Yes No
Sycamore No No Yes Yes


April 23 – 25 (Week 3)

Tree Suitable for under utility lines (15 - 20' average mature height) Prefers partial shade Requires large growing room Produces a nut or fruit
Bald cypress No No Yes Yes
Button bush Yes Yes No No
Pawpaw Yes No No Yes
Shumard oak No No Yes Yes
Swamp white oak No No Yes Yes

Proper planting and tree care information

Reforest on-site plantings

Limited in-person planting opportunities will also be available from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 10, Saturday, April 17 and Saturday, April 24 on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups must sign up for a 30-minute window at a designated location with members of their own household. Masks, social distancing and safety protocols will be in place.

Pre-registration is required for on-site plantings. Walk-ups cannot be accommodated. Trees will not be available to take home from on-site planting events. Use the links below to pre-register.

April 17

Jacquelyn Lane

Deauville Drive 

April 24

Leestown Road 

Deauville Drive 

Our accomplishments

  • More than 195 acres of floodplains restored
  • More than 17,500 volunteers involved
  • More than 150,000 tree seedlings planted
  • Around 65% first-year survival rates
  • Fewer than $175,000 of local government funds spent
  • More than $130,000 private funds raised
  • If plantings had been contracted out, they would have cost $1.2 million.

2021 Sponsors

Kentucky American Water
Kentucky Utilities

John’s Run/Walk Shop
Big Beaver Tree Service

Environmental Commission
Big Bang Customs
Quantrell Subaru
Paul Miller Ford/Fortune Collision