While Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky is known for Thoroughbreds and Derby champions, it’s also famous for something else entirely.
Did you know that Gainesway was the first Thoroughbred farm in the world to gain accredited arboretum status? That’s right. Growing throughout the 1,500 acre horse farm are decorative plants, floral displays, and tree collections. There are more than 45 different kinds of oak trees and the plants and trees are nurtured by a full-time horticulture staff.
When I met Ryan Martin, Gainesway Field Director, at our Infrastructure Seminar last month, he spoke about cabling the farm and working around the trees and other obstacles. That led to a whole conversation about trees. Ryan spoke passionately about the farm and after doing a little web research, I understand why.
Gainesway Farm is an active member of the International Oak Society, the American Public Garden Association and Botanic Gardens Conservation International.
An Asian Oak was started from a seedling taken from Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky, most recently on the news as the final resting place for Mohammed Ali. Now That’s Interesting!
Just another example of the wonders of Kentucky and the interesting facts we are constantly uncovering about our customers.