Arboretum Murray State

Arboretum Murray State

We’re all about growth here at Ardent Growth so it makes sense that we would want to share with you one of our favorite gems of Murray, Kentucky.

Location & Hours of Operation

The Arboretum is located at 300 Hickory Drive, Murray, Kentucky 42071. Hours or operation are 6:00 am – 8:00 pm Monday through Sunday.

What is the Murray State Arboretum?

The Arboretum at Murray State University opened in the fall of 2013, and quickly became a top favorite for locals and travelers. It is a fully accessible horticultural display, educational laboratory, and public garden located in Murray, KY on the Pullen Farm of Murray State University.

The Arboretum’s goal is to provide and showcase local plants, as well as introduce new ones, with emphasis on flowers, shrubs, native trees, and the historic significance of the western Kentucky region.

Escape to a sanctuary where you can forget about the stress of everyday life and simply relax. Enjoy being surrounded by vibrant flowers, large trees, and the serenity of flowing water nearby that are maintained by the students of Murray State.

For many locals, The Arboretum at Murray State is an area where you can enjoy with your family and be surrounded by nature all year long.

The Mountain

Many local’s favorite part of the Arboretum is referred to as “The Mountain”. It is a large hill with two waterfalls flowing down into a large pond. If you are looking for a perfect place to watch the sunset, this is the spot for you!

The sun sets right over the pond overlooking the 40+ acres, making it the ideal place. The area is surrounded by a 0.8 mile walking path where you can enjoy a nice jog or walk with your leashed four-legged friends.

Visitors can also see seasonal plants all year long and enjoy a lovely picnic on the lawn or just sit back, relax, and enjoy the view.

Butterfly Garden

See how many butterflies you can spot and identify in the new Butterfly Garden next to the pond! Be sure to check out the Butterfly themed Play Pocket next to the garden!

You are also able to reserve a pavilion for your next special event, such as birthday parties, reception, and more!

Throughout the Arboretum, you will see different collections of introduced and local woody plants, annuals, and perennials that are significant in the history of western Kentucky. They are divided into five different areas:

  • Display and Community Gardens
  • Open Woodlands
  • Savanna
  • Open Prairie
  • Oak/Hickory Forest
  • Wetlands

If you’d like to observe more beauty around Murray, KY we’d recommend you check out the Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery located on MSU’s campus.  

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