Yew Dell Gardens

Long-awaited public opening
of gardens set for mid-June

Evening walk, reception planned

By Don Ward

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.

Yew Dell Gardens

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The 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 County.
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 garden’s 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 castle.
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 America’s 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 Klein’s 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 Friday’s 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 month’s 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 garden.

For more information, contact Leslie H. Buddeke at (502) 241-4788. Or visit the website: www.yewdellgardens.org.

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