CRESTWOOD, Ky. (June 2004) Yew Dell Gardens is scheduled to
officially open to the public June 11 when the nonprofit organization
will hold Twilight in the Garden, followed by a public
open house on Sunday, June 13 at 5800 N. Camden Lane, Crestwood.
The Friday night event, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will serve as the
grand opening and feature catered food samplings from The Silver Spoon
in a series of four stations as guests walk through the garden. Visitors
also will see the unveiling of conceptual plans for the Gheens Bank
Barn, which will be transformed into a state-of-the-art education
center with a $75,000 grant from the Gheens Foundation.
castle at Yew Dell Gardens.
The barn will serve as the cultural and educational resource for
people of all ages as the site of future lectures, workshops, symposia
and special events.
The garden cocktail event is also sponsored by The Bank of Oldham
The walking tour will take guests to the restored Walled Garden, the
Secret Garden, the Castle, the Main House and the Red Tobacco Barn.
The Walled Garden has been restored with a $20,000 grant from the
Glenview Garden Club. An auction will feature an array of items donated
by Louisville area businesses and individuals. Among those who have
agreed to donate a container plant are Diane Heilenman, garden editor
of The Courier-Journal; and Cindi Sullivan, a gardening commentator
who shares her advice on both WHAS radio and WAVE-TV.
The public opening will continue from 1-5 p.m. on June 13 with the
gardens first open house. This event will include tours, a plant
sale, lectures and numerous interactive experiences for children.
An admission donation of $5 is requested. Sunday will culminate with
the serving of a large cake made in the rendering of the gardens and
Yew Dell Gardens is the former 33-acre home, gardens and arboretum
of the late commercial nurseryman Theodore Klein, located northeast
of Louisville. The unique collection of rare garden plants, display
gardens and unique architectural features is being developed into
a major horticultural display, education and research center for the
region. It is one of only 12 American gardens designated as Partnership
Gardens by the Garden Conservancy, a national group dedicated to preserving
Americas exceptional gardens.
The gardens contain more than 1,000 rare specimen trees and shrubs,
including some Klein personally introduced to the nursery trade. Themed
gardens scattered throughout the property include settings for roses,
dwarf conifers and an English-style walled garden among others. In
addition to a small stone castle and the Red Tobacco Barn, the property
features an 1800s log cabin, a rare bank barn, bermed greenhouses
and Kleins Cotswolds-style home.
When completed, the gardens and buildings will be a major educational
and plant research center for Kentucky and the Midwest.
Tickets to Fridays event are $50 per person and reservations
are required. Please register by June 1 by calling (502) 241-4788.
All proceeds benefit the restoration and renovation of Yew Dell Gardens.
In addition, Yew Dell Gardens Inc. is holding a series of summer walks
on the second Saturday of every month except January from 10 a.m.
to noon. Yew Dell will host tours of the gardens, plants and buildings.
Suggested donation is $5 per person, but the walks are free to members.
On July 10, Yew Dell Gardens will hold Summer Color in the Garden.
On this months tour, guests will visit plants that add intriguing
form and texture to the garden, columnar and weeping trees. A real
treat for July will be an early look at the newly replanted walled
For more information, contact Leslie H. Buddeke at (502)
241-4788. Or visit the website: www.yewdellgardens.org.