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Fall 2023
Tree Adoption Day
Maureen Peters & Joe Turley - The MoeJoe Charitable Fund

The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels Good Works Program

Trees Lexington's Fall Tree Adoption

Saturday, October 14, 2023, 9a-12p

Greyline Station, 101 west Loudon Avenue

This giveaway will offer one (1) tree per address, and one (1) tree per person. Please determine more than one species that would suit your site conditions, as we anticipate limited quantities of several species. We will post the list of available species when our orders are finalized. We're excited to bring close to 150  small/understory trees and hundreds of large/canopy trees to this event!

  • Tree adopters must agree to plant the tree on private property in Lexington. Private property makes up over 70% of plantable space in Lexington. Trees can be planted on residential, commercial, or school properties. Please only plant trees where you hae perission to do so. 

  • One tree per address, one tree per person. 

  • There is no cost to adopting a tree. This giveaway is funded through a grant from the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, and sponsors Maureen Peters & Joe Turley, who believe in making the benefits of trees available to everyone.

  • Please commit to weekly watering at a minimum equivalent to 1" of rain (10 gallons) each week. 

  • Mulch your tree to help retain moisture around the growing roots, and to protect the trunk from mower or string trimmer damage. 

  • Consider your site conditions so our arborists can ensure you choose the right tree for the right place. 

  • Watch for follow-up surveys and participate. This information helps us collect useful data about tree survival rates, and when the trees we've provided would be factored in to tree canopy data for Lexington.

Thank you to Greyline Station for providing the  space for community events like our Tree Giveaways! 


Things to note:

  • Trees are only available to residents of Fayette County

  • One (1) tree per address

  • Trees/species are in limited supply and will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

  • All trees will be in two (2) or three (3) gallon containers with potting soil. We recommend bringing a towel or tarp to set under trees if transporting inside your vehicle.

  • Trees need both love and care, especially in the first few years of their establishment. Receiving one of these trees means you commit to keeping it watered (10 gallons/week or 1 inch of rainfall), mulched, and fertilized (if needed). We are available to help with questions related to tree care as they grow!

  • Due to street tree species requirements set by the City of Lexington, we advise you to apply now for a permit with "acceptable species" indicated where prompted for species information. We suggest choosing 3 street tree friendly species you'd be happy with since our giveaway is first come, first served.


We recommend most of these trees for open front and/or back yards.

Some trees are acceptable species for street trees, and require a permit before planting. The process is simple! Browse the acceptable species and apply for a permit today!

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Below are just a few of the tree species we will have shared at past giveaways. We expect to nearly 40 tree species and 150+ trees that will be small or medium sized at maturity, along with  hundreds of large/canopy species.

Bur Oak
Yellow Buckeye
Cherrybark Oak
Overcup Oak
White Oak
Swamp White Oak
American Basswood
Bald Cypress
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