Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is home to beautiful display gardens and plant education center. It is located in Crestwood, Kentucky between Louisville and Cincinnati. Yew Dell Botanical Gardens began as the private estate, commercial gardens, and wide-ranging collection of exotic trees, shrubs, flowers and plant-life of Theodore and Martha Lee Klein.
The Klein estate was personally cultivated and maintained by Theodore Klein, a leader in horticulture and gardening. The property consisted of a topiary garden, castle, pool, arboretum, conservatory, and sunken gardens. After Klein’s death in 1998, a board of volunteers raised the money needed to buy the property. The board was able to support a small staff and open the unique gardens to the public. Yew Dell Gardens continues Theodore Klein’s vision of beautiful gardens by maintaining the grounds and introducing new and exotic plant life to the gardens. Providing educational and internship program helps to pass on Theodore Klein’s love of horticulture to the next generation.
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens has three main areas for visitors to explore: the gardens, the buildings and historical sites on the grounds and nature and hiking trails.
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens offers a variety of gardens throughout the grounds. Some are new or recently modernized while others have existed since the start of Yew Dell in the 1950’s. The Kitchen Gardensoffers a wide array of edible plants including heirloom tomatoes and a variety of squash. This seasonal garden is a favorite among children.
They newly designed Overlook Garden consists of over 3000 perennials. This garden sits on seldom irrigated, shallow soil and is home to the garden’s hardiest plants. Visitors can have an up-close look at new and regional plant-life.
The Walled Gardenand Sunken Rock Garden were originally designed by Theodore Klein and part of the original grounds. Both gardens were recently rehabilitated and revamped by local gardening clubs. The Walled Garden is adjacent to the main house and is modelled after traditional English gardens. The fieldstone walls on three sides of the space give the gardens its name and contains a small, round pool at its center. The Sunken Gardens house mostly plants from higher, mountainous elevations.
The Secret Gardenand Serpentine Garden were part of Klein’s original design and house a combination of local and exotic florae. The Secret Garden contains plants not yet available to the public and serves as a test garden for a variety of plants. The Serpentine Garden is composed of a diverse collection of plants and trees with varying texture and color.
The majority of the buildings located at the Yew Dell Botanical Gardens are original to the property and were constructed by the Kleins in the 1950’s and 1980’s. The buildings have been remodeled and rehabilitated to be brought back to their original integrity.
The Tobacco Barn was originally used, as the name suggests, to dry tobacco. It has since been used to house farming equipment and is currently used as the visitor’s center. The newly constructed gift shop is attached to the structure.
The Castle and the Main House served as living quarters for the Klein family and are original to the property. The castle served as the pool house for the Klein family and can currently be rented out for many different types functions. The main house currently serves as administrative offices for Yew Dell Gardens.
The Rock House and Corn Crib are part of the original Klein property and were used as part of the farm facilities. The Rock House was a loading point for the Klein’s nursery operation. Both facilities are now used as part of the horticulture operation and as storage.
The property of Yew Dell Botanical Gardens has more than a mile of trails, three ponds, and an arboretum. Visitors can walk through the beautiful property and see a variety of wild life. Access to hiking trails can be reached through the meadow just beyond the castle.
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens offers a wide range of educational opportunities for children and adults alike. Educational activities include, but are not limited to, children’s programs, seasonal festivals, horticulture classes, gardening clubs, guided tours, lectures, and hands-on workshops. The horticulture center provides many opportunities for guest to learn about local and exotic plant life.
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens offers rental space for many different types of events. The Mary F. Rounsavall Pavilion can hold up to 400 people and is available to rent for a variety of events. The Pavilion, Castle, Gheens Barn, Upper Pavilion, and Rock House Area provide a wide range of options for weddings at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. The beautiful grounds make it a perfect location for weddings, receptions, anniversary celebrations, family gatherings, conventions, or conferences.
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, 6220 Old Lagrange Rd, Crestwood, KY 40014, Phone: 502-241-4788
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