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Arbor Day will be busy at the Arboretum

Saturday is expected to be a busy day at the Arboretum. It's Arbor Day.

Now in its 140th year, Arbor Day is a national day when citizens are encouraged to plant and care for trees.

At the Arboretum, the State Botanical Garden of Kentucky, festivities include tree seedling giveaways, exhibitor booths, presentations, free admission to the new children's garden and more.

The Arboretum attracts 200,000 visitors a year, and Saturday is expected to be the biggest day of 2012, according to a news release.

Saturday's scheduled activities include:

■ 40 eco-friendly exhibitors, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

■ Free admission to the Kentucky Children's Garden, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The garden has native trees and plants, scenic trails, waterways, interactive exhibits, an amphitheater and animals.

■ An Arbor Day proclamation by Lexington Vice Mayor Linda Gorton, 10 a.m.

■ Tree seedling giveaway, courtesy of Kentucky Utilities, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The 100-acre Arboretum, created in 1991 as a joint effort between the University of Kentucky and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, is at 500 Alumni Drive. For more information, call (859) 257-6955 or go to www.ca.uky.edu/Arboretum.

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