in the Garden
Dell Gardens fundraiser
supports programming, research
for all levels of gardeners
Helen E. McKinney
CRESTWOOD, Ky. (October 2009) Fall is a great
time to take advantage of the many offerings of Crestwoods Yew
Dell Gardens. The annual fundraiser event, Twilight in the Garden, will
showcase the beauty of the gardens, varied educational opportunities,
and provide a social gathering for individuals who want to ensure that
the gardens continue for many years to come.
silent auction from previous
Twilight in the Gardens is pictured
above. Yew Dell Gardens has been
nationally recognized by The Garden
Conservancy, a national organization
dedicated to saving Americas
most unique gardens.
Twilight in the Garden serves as the primary fundraiser
for Yew Dell Gardens, according to Leah Whitmer, Director of Marketing
& Development. It raises much needed funding to support our
Each year, the event has been successful in raising funding to promote
critical research, great workshops and beautiful gardens that
make our community a better place to live, said Whitmer. A great
benefit to the event is that its a beautiful time of the
year to gather together long-time supporters and new friends to let
them know that we appreciate and depend on them to keep offering our
services to the community.
She believes its also important to show supporters that
we are good stewards and that their support is really making a difference
at Yew Dell. Yew Dell Gardens is a 33-acre botanical garden created
by the late Theodore and Martha Lee Klein.
Begun as their private estate, the gardens have now been nationally
recognized by The Garden Conservancy, a national non-profit organization
dedicated to saving Americas most unique gardens. Yew Dell Gardens
has more than 1,200 members and 250 volunteers to keep the grounds looking
Yew Dell Gardens has had a lot of success in the past with Twilight
in the Garden. The format is relatively the same from year to year because
people love it the way it is, said Whitmer.
The evening begins Oct. 10 with cocktails and hors doeuvres at
6:30 p.m., followed by a three-course gourmet dinner at 8 p.m. provided
by The Silver Spoon. Silent and live auctions will be held. Visitors
are welcome to stroll the grounds prior to and after dinner, in place
of Yew Dell providing entertainment for the evening.
Individuals do not have to be a member of Yew Dell Gardens to attend
Twilight in the Garden. Wed love for new people to join
us, Whitmer said. Tickets are $175 per person.
Twilight in the Garden has been very successful as a major fundraiser,
said Lisa Barr, Yew Dell Gardens board member and chairman for Twilight
in the Garden. Because of annual operational expenses, All non-profits
need to have a fundraising event.
The event is special because we hold it on site and create a beautiful
evening for our guests, said Barr.
Yew Dell Gardens has a fabulous schedule of programs for every level
of gardener, from our Garden Geek series to hands-on pruning and propagating
workshops, Barr said.
Money raised from Twilight in the Garden will contribute to special
events such as an annual Plant Sale and Garden Market, Hummingbird Festival
and Sculpture in the Dell, an event showcasing local artists and their
works displayed among the gardens. This latter event was a wonderful
success, said Whitmer.
We hosted more than 2,000 visitors over the two-month span of
the show. We sold more than half the pieces on display and plan to expand
the show next year.
Yew Dell Gardens also hosts several summer evening concert events and
various workshops throughout the year with well known gardening experts.
Boo Dell is scheduled for Oct. 24, an event for the entire community
sponsored in conjunction with the Oldham County Public Library.
Last year so many of our guests said (Twilight in the Garden)
was so beautiful and so much fun, and if that is not enough to bring
you out, it is for a very good cause, said Barr.
To purchase tickets or for more information
on Twilight in the Garden please contact Leah Whitmer or Dr. Paul Cappiello
at (502) 241-4788, or visit www.YewDellGardens.org.
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