Lexington’s amazing trees

I have lived in and near Lexington for about 35 years. As a careful observer of trees, I have always been amazed at the number of very large trees. This became the subject of my first book, Venerable Trees – History, Biology and Conservation in the Bluegrass.  Since 2005, we have been working with landowners […]

Chinkapin oak

The Three Sisters

The Three Sisters Griffith Woods Wildlife Management Area is a magical place of huge, ancient trees. Some of our favorites are the chinkapin oaks that we call the Three Sisters. Katherine Shaw took this nice picture of the Three Sisters. These are very large, very old trees. However, unlike the kingnut trees that surround them, these […]

Ancient Trees at the Urban Boundary

  The margin between urban and rural areas is an area of constant change. In most cities, development rapidly gobbles up rural land, including its forests. In Lexington, Kentucky, strict land use regulations have slowed this trend.  It is at the edge of the city that we can most closely watch and learn from the […]

Rethinking Urban Forestry in Lexington

The urban forest of Lexington includes a remarkably large number of very large, very old trees, may of them predating the existence of the cities. These trees are now in trouble. Many of them are unhealthy because of neglect, poor management decisions, and old age. We need to change the way we view and manage these […]

Field Course – Airdrie Stud

Venerable Trees, Inc. offers frequent Field Courses to introduce people to the amazing woodland pasture ecosystem of the Bluegrass and Nashville Basin.  Recently, we were able to visit the amazing Airdrie Stud Farm at the gracious invitation of Mrs. Elizabeth Jones, the Owner. Airdrie Stud is one of the premier horse farms in the Bluegrass. […]

Great Trees of Jessamine County

  Jessamine County is one of the fastest-growing counties in Kentucky. A bedroom community for Lexington, it is also increasingly a center for business and manufacturing. In spite of this growth, much of Jessamine County retains its rural flavor. Some of the finest woodland pastures in the Bluegrass can be found in northern Jessamine County. […]

Bourbon County Field Course

Saturday, February 27, was a beautiful day to spend with friends old and new exploring the woodland pastures of Bourbon County. We had 23 guests who had lots of great questions and observations.  Special thanks to Jim and Kellye Pikul for their hospitality and enthusiasm. A special thanks to Jim for helping with navigation and […]

Butternut twok

A Winter Tree Walk at Lower Howard’s Creek – Postponed

Postponed: Due to an injury, we are temporarily unable to offer Field Courses. We will reschedule courses as soon as possible. On Saturday, January 23, from 9am to 1pm,  Venerable Trees and the Lower Howard’s Creek Nature Preserve are offering a winter tree walk at the Preserve in Clark County.  This will be a hike […]

Fixing Our Urban Tree Management Problems

At a workshop at Bell Place Park in Lexington last Saturday, we made considerable progress on improving urban tree management in  Lexington.  Although the weather was poor and the turnout small, some key people were there.  In addition to several citizens from the neighborhood, we were joined by LFUCG Council Member Steve Kay,  LFUCG Deputy […]

Measuring large oak tree

October Tour of Large Bluegrass Trees

A group of tree enthusiasts from Iowa and Ohio came to Lexington to see some of our largest trees.  The group, Matt Markworth, Landon Smith, and Mark and Rita Rouw are members of the Native Tree Society who love to measure and record very large trees. We took them on a brief tour of some […]

Mower damage, old (O) and new (N)

Reminder – Urban Tree Walk This Saturday, Oct. 11

What: A walk around Bell Court to look at the condition of trees on city land (Bell Place Park). Dave Leonard and Tom Kimmerer will show you what has happened to the trees in this park as a result of poor management practices, and will talk about solutions. When: Saturday, October 11, 10am – 11:30am […]

Ginkgo tree killed by stem damage

Walking Tour of Trees at Bell Court

Many people have expressed concern about the poor condition of trees in Lexington parks.  To help concerned citizens understand the nature of the problem and see some solutions, we are holding a walking tour of trees and tree condition at Bell Place Park in Bell Court, Lexington.   The tour is from 10 to 12 […]

Trees at a Bluegrass Farm

Save These Dates

Venerable Trees will be offering several workshops over the next few months. Details of workshops will be posted soon.  Please note that registration is required for all workshops and there are fees for some. Note: Some Dates have changes. Here are the upcoming workshops. All are on Saturdays. Saturday, August 29, 8am-2pm – Lexington Urban […]

Venerable Trees Lecture – June 19 in Paris KY

Tom Kimmerer, Chief Scientist at Venerable Trees, Inc, will be giving a lecture on Venerable Trees of the Bluegrass. Date: Thursday, June 19 Time: 3 pm Place: Wallis House, 616 Pleasant Street Paris, Kentucky 40361 Sponsor: Garden Club of Bourbon County Map of the Wallis House

Woodland Pasture in Woodford County

Venerable Trees of Woodford County March 12, 6:00pm

Tom Kimmerer, Chief Scientist at Venerable Trees, will be giving a presentation “Venerable Trees of  Woodford County”  on Wednesday, March 12 beginning at 6:00 pm.  The presentation will be at Versailles Presbyterian Church, 130 North Main Street, Versailles KY (Map). Scroll down for more information. Woodford County is home to woodland pastures of open-grown, old […]

Picture of American basswood, Tilia americana

Field Course: Venerable Trees of the Lexington Cemetery, November 23, 2013

What:  A tour of Lexington Cemetery to look at Venerable Trees. Instructors:  Tom Kimmerer, PhD, Chief Scientist at Venerable Trees Inc. Special Guest:  Miles Penn, Horticulturist of Lexington Cemetery When:  Saturday, November 23, 10 am to noon, Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, KY  (map). We will meet just inside the cemetery entrance and will walk the grounds […]

Picture of blue ash tree

Don’t Miss the Workshop!

  When:  Saturday, October 12, 2013 Where: Floracliff State Nature Preserve and locations in Fayette and Scott Counties The workshop is filling up and can only accommodate 20 people.  Read more about the Workshop, and call Floracliff to register.   Please note that clicking Going on our Facebook page does not register you for the […]