Why Lexington, Kentucky?


Here in Lexington, we’re a city that understands the value of the land. Drive 10 minutes from downtown in any direction and you’ll find yourself surrounded by green fields, farms and fences--and that’s by design. Wherever you go in Lexington, you’ll find evidence of how much we value our agriculture and environment--which makes this a perfect place for your next meeting.

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What Makes Us Special

Agriculture and Environment in Lexington

UK Cafe

The UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, located 10 minutes from Downtown, was founded as and remains a land-grant institution. UK Cafe focuses on research, teaching and extension.

The Arboretum

The State Botanical Garden of Kentucky, a 100-acre greenspace, is located on the University of Kentucky campus. The Arboretum showcases native species and is open to the public year-round.

Our Farms

Our city is surrounded by 600+ farms—horse farms, of course, but also soybean, hemp, tobacco, and more. These resources are protected by our first-in-the-nation Urban Services Boundary.

Our Greenspace Initiative

We believe that our landscape is what makes the Bluegrass special. That’s why we established our Greenspace Commission in 1990 to protect and manage these unique places.

Purchase of Development Rights (PDR)

Kentucky’s first Agricultural Conservation Easement facilitated by a local government, the PDR program permanently protects 277 Central Kentucky farms, totaling more than 30,000 acres.

Greenways and Trails

From the Legacy Trail to the Town Branch Commons Corridor Project, Lexington’s shared-use trails are expanding bicycle and pedestrian access throughout the city and beyond.

Parks and Preserves

Lexington and the surrounding areas feature thousands of acres of green space to explore, hike, and climb, from downtown McConnell Springs to the world-renowned Red River Gorge.

Farm to Table

We’re all about eating locally. Programs like Food Chain, Seedleaf, Kentucky Proud and Bluegrass Farm to Table are committed to supporting Kentucky farmers and feeding Kentucky families.

More Than a Stockyard

The Blue Grass Stockyards Regional Marketplace does more than hold livestock auctions. It’s also a center for education, environmental stewardship and sustainable business partnerships.

“#19 States Leading the Charge on Renewable Energy”

- SmartAsset 2019

“#9 among the Friendliest Cities in the U.S.”

- Conde Nast Traveler 2020

“Top 12 Destinations for a Nature Immersion Getaway”

- Luxury Travel Magazine

Lexpert Spotlight

Lexington is home to some pretty smart folks. Get in touch to see how one of our local experts in Agriculture & Environment can help make your meeting a big hit.

Seth Debolt

Professor - Department of Horticulture; Director - James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment

Area of Focus - Alcohol Science, Food Science, Plant Science, Molecular Biology

Kenton Sena

Lecturer, University of Kentucky Lewis Honors College

Area of Focus - Ecology and the Environment, Reforestation Ecology, Forest Ecology, Reforestation, Mine Reclamation, Soil Science, Invasive Species

Paul Vincelli

Extension Professor - Plant Pathology; Director of Graduate Studies - M.S. Program (STO); UK Coordinator - SARE Program, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Area of Focus - Plant Disease Management, Sustainable Crop Production, International Agriculture

Chad Lee

Director of Grain and Forage Center of Excellence; Extension Specialist - Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Area of Focus - Corn, Soybean, Wheat, Barley, Rye, No-Tillage Agriculture, Sustainability Intensive Agriculture, Distillery Grains

Steve Dobson

CEO - MosquitoMate, INC. and Professor of Entomoloty, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Area of Focus - Medical / Public Health, Entomology

Featured Unique Venues

From unique to unexpected, choose a venue that makes your meeting truly one-of-a-kind.

Kentucky Horse Park

4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY, 40511
(859) 233-4303

Note March 17, 2020: The Kentucky Horse Park is open. Admission and parking fees are waived. Please...

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg, KY, 40330
(859) 734-5411

The largest restored Shaker community, with 3,000 acres of farmland and 34 restored 19th-century...

Blue Grass Regional Marketplace

4561 Iron Works Pike, Lexington, KY, 40511
(859) 255-7701

Specializing in meetings from 35-240 attendees indoors, but with additional outdoor options on 100...

Keeneland Racecourse

4201 Versailles Road, Lexington, KY, 40510
(859) 254-3412

With its tranquil setting and lovely stone fences and buildings, this national historic landmark is...

Featured Attractions

Lexington is a special place. Give your attendees a uniquely Lexington experience they'll rave about for years to come.

University of Kentucky

160 Avenue of Champions, Lexington, KY, 40508
859-257-3829

Founded in 1865, the University of Kentucky is the largest public university in the state, educating...

The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky

500 Alumni Drive, Lexington, KY, 40503
(859) 257-6955

The Arboretum is the state’s botanical garden. The 100 acres include the Walk Across Kentucky which...

McConnell Springs

416 Rebmann Lane, Lexington, KY, 40504
(859) 225-4073

Originally a campsite for the first settlers in the Bluegrass, this 26-acre nature sanctuary...

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

3885 Raven Run Way, Lexington, KY, 40515
(859) 272-6105

Raven Run is a 734-acre nature sanctuary on the Kentucky River dedicated to the protection of the...

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