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Warmer weather means more outdoor activities in and around Louisville

  • April 3, 2023

As blooming flowers and the return of migratory birds signal the arrival of spring, nature is literally calling for people to get out and explore. And many local organizations are opening their doors – and hiking trails – to celebrate.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens holds its opening celebration Saturday featuring a plant sale and guided tours of the grounds by Yew Dell’s horticulture team.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens has April events that highlight some of the organisms growing there including a dell-in-person-workshop-2/” class=”Link”mushroom hike, behind-the-scenes workshops and gardening classes.

Over at the Falls of the Ohio State Park, Raptor Day returned, bringing visitors up close with several birds of prey found in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

People can visit the fossil bed to see april-30/” class=”Link”“A History of Life,” a free temporary exhibit exploring fossils from 2 billion years ago to 10,000 years ago and how they connect to the way life developed.

The exhibit will be on display through April 30, and park paleontologist Alan Goldstein will be presenting about it on April 9.

In between conservation work for golden eagles, Bernheim Arboretum has several events in the coming weeks geared towards getting people out into the research forest. Next Saturday, Bernheim will host its twice-a-month bernheim.org/event/eco-kids-discovery-days-4/2023-04-01/” class=”Link”ECO Kids Discovery Days, which features hands-on stations, a guided hike and story circle.

Bernheim staff will also walk guests through the forest’s wildflower populations including their growth process and importance to Kentucky’s ecosystem.

Several outdoor-focused venues are also prepping for events to celebrate Earth Day at the end of April.

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Yew Dell Botanical Gardens launches $5M The Castle Gardens Campaign

  • July 6, 2022

With its enchanting stone castle, spell-binding tunnel of shade trees, knee-high fairy houses and hundreds of butterflies fluttering between vast and varied garden spaces — if ever there was a secret garden in Kentucky, this is it. 

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the award-winning Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, 6220 Old Lagrange Road in Crestwood, is one of the most serene and magical places in the Bluegrass State set on 60-acres.

And now it’s planning to grow. 

Protecting and enhancing this magnificent space falls on the shoulders of Yew Dell’s executive director, Paul Cappiello. With horticultural expertise and patience, Cappiello and his team have spent the past 20 years transforming the former farm and home of the late Theodore Klein into a public space and research garden.

“For the first 20 years, we really needed to rescue the property by rehabilitating the grounds, building a strong and sustainable organization and bringing all of the buildings back to the state that they really deserve,” Cappiello told the Courier Journal. “It was the responsible thing to do and to date, every one of the buildings has been an award-winning architectural project. Now it’s time to bring the gardens to the same world class level.”

The Castle Terrace is a hand-built stone castle at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. June 14, 2022

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That’s not to say the internationally-recognized center of gardening, plant research and education isn’t already exceptional, but Cappiello and the Yew Dell team are determined to enhance the property during the next phase of the local landmark’s improvements. 

“Yew Dell, with its history, its artistry in the architecture and garden work is a rare gem, ” Cappiello said. “I travel to gardens all over the world so I can tell you this is the kind of package you just

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